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First Coast Business Hall of Fame names 2010 inductees

Four individuals have been named to the 2010 First Coast Business Hall of Fame by the Florida Council onFirst Coast Business Hall of Fame Economic Education (FCEE). Inductees are:

• Ron Autrey, president and COO, Miller Electric;

• Karen Burdette, principal and CEO, Burdette Ketchum;

• Marty Lanahan, EVP, North Florida Area Executive and City President, Regions Bank;

• Walter “Wally” Lee, President, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Each year the FCEE celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of business leaders in the First Coast Community. The 12th Annual First Coast Business Hall of Fame will be Thursday, October 21, at the Hyatt Regency, with a reception beginning at 11a.m.

The Hall of Fame, sponsored by Raymond James Financial, is the premier event of the First Coast business community. It is the annual opportunity to recognize those outstanding individuals who have made The First Coast a great place to do business and a wonderful place to live.    

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees join other First Coast leaders who have a legacy of business and civic achievement. This distinction is earned through an individual’s business and civic achievements, and by being a lifelong example of integrity and decency to future generations.

Proceeds from the Hall of Fame support the economic and free enterprise education programs and financial literacy initiatives of the FCEE. “By investing in the education of children, our community has a tremendous influence in developing the leaders and citizens of tomorrow. Members of the Hall of Fame serve as inspirations to young people who will follow in their footsteps,” said Event Chair, Lynn Pappas.  

The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system, and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. The Florida Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by leading corporations and individuals throughout the state. The Florida Council is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, as a part of a national network of state Councils and Economic Education Centers.

Advantage: The Resource for Small Business is media sponsor for the event. For information on sponsorship opportunities or information about the Induction Class of 2010, please call Chalette Davis at the Florida Council toll free at 800-707-4247 or visit

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