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26th Annual Capital Region Business Hall of Fame

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Celebrate Our Local Leaders!

Event Completed!

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Where: Crowne Plaza - The Desmond Hotel
Time: 5:00 PM ET
The 26th Annual Capital Region Business Hall of Fame is proudly presented by Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York and the Center for Economic Growth. Please join our hosts Mark Eagan, President & CEO, Center for Economic Growth, and Christine Horne, President, Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York, as we celebrate our inductees. This event starts at 5:00 pm with a Cocktail Reception, followed by dinner seating at 5:50 pm. Dress is business attire. All proceeds benefit the mission of Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York.

26th Annual Capital Region Business Hall of Fame Inductees

Induction into the Capital Region Business Hall of Fame is a preeminent business leadership award. As such, those chosen to receive the award must not only meet the high standards established for the honor but should themselves be a sign of the quality of the award. The honorees will be part of an illustrious group who have exemplified business and entrepreneurial leadership and demonstrate a deep commitment and dedication to our community.

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Bill Lia, Sr.

(1936 - 2021) Founder, Lia Auto Group
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Ruth H. Mahoney

Executive Vice President, President of Wealth Management and Regional President for the Eastern New York Region
Image of Chet Opalka

Chet Opalka

Philanthropist, Co-Founder of AMRI and Angel Investor


Presenting Sponsors

Platinum Investors

Logo for Albany Med Health System
Logo for Ecovative
Logo for Janitronics Inc.
Logo for Regeneron
Logo for St Peters Health Partners
Logo for UAlbany Foundation

Media Sponsor

Logo for Times Union

Video Sponsor

Logo for WTEN

Cocktail Sponsor

Logo for The Bunker, True Pickleball Club, Ostroff Associates

Silver Investors

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Capital District Transportation Authority
Center for Economic Growth
Galesi Group
Inspire Confidence Group
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Picotte Companies
Summit Senior Living
Transfinder Corporation
Upside Collective
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Wine Sponsor

Logo for Farm Shoppe

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Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. These programs are delivered at no cost to students. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by participating in this world-class event! Contact us to get more information on how to sponsor a JA Event!

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