Three top business leaders in the city will be inducted into the Columbus Business Hall of Fame May 18, an honor being bestowed by Junior Achievement of Georgia.
Robert Koon, Linda Hadley and Eugenio “Kike” Seda will be recognized for their career and public service accomplishments during the gathering, which begins 6 p.m. at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd.
All proceeds from the event will go to assist young students through Junior Achievement programs in the Columbus and west-central Georgia area, as well as in Phenix City and Russell County in east-central Alabama. The program, said Junior Achievement, uses trained corporate volunteers to teach youngsters the basics of “free enterprise, business ethics, personal economics and work force development.”
Koon is a retired president and chief executive officer of Swift Textiles, as well as president and CEO of Dominion Textiles North American Denim Division.
Hadley has been dean of the D. Abbott Turner College of Business at CSU since 2003, after serving as interim dean, associate dean and assistant dean. She also holds the Bill Heard endowed chair in business.
Seda is owner and CEO of A-1 Postage Meters & Shipping Systems, which has offices in Columbus and Macon, Ga. The Puerto Rico native, an advocate for getting Hispanic residents involved in business and their communities, has served on both chambers of commerce boards in Columbus and Phenix City. He also is a recipient of the Sam Walton Small Business Man of the Year Award.
The cost to attend the fourth-annual hall of fame cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and induction ceremony is $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. Seating is limited. For reservations, contact Charles Clark, executive director of Junior Achievement’s West Georgia District, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 706-580-0001.