Setting the tone

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio is proud to host the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame ceremony.

The Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame has recognized more than 60 distinguished business leaders over the past two decades.

This year’s inductees, Phil Urban, Donna James, Cameron Mitchell and Tanny Crane, are fantastic additions to the dynamic group that already grace our hall. Each of these leaders set a great example for all of us in their passion and leadership. From their pursuit of excellence and daily drive to their true entrepreneurial spirit, they are a key part of the fabric of the Central Ohio business community.

Junior Achievement volunteers help kids develop dreams every day, giving them the courage and passion to live out those dreams and helping them develop the skills to actualize their dreams. Each year, we help more than 35,000 students dream big in Central Ohio.

Junior Achievement is committed to entrepreneurialism, children, the future and Central Ohio. We are working with the kids, the leaders of the school systems, passionate volunteers and local business leaders like the ones we are honoring in the Business Hall of Fame. We are working with them to change Columbus. The history of our region is a tapestry of great people, great education and great entrepreneurs. It is time for us to stand up and take control of our future. It is time for the next generation of entrepreneurs to be developed, encouraged and taught.

Join me in standing up for our children. I am excited about what the entrepreneurs of the past and present have done for Central Ohio. I am thrilled at the prospects of what is to come for our community from the hundreds of thousands of Junior Achievement alumni over the next decade.

RJ NICOLOSI is the chairman of the board of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio and the CEO of Midwest Electric. Reach JA at