A non-profit organization honored some of the top business leaders of El Paso. Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest teaches students about entrepreneurship and the global economy. And the three honorees serve as perfect examples of what Junior Achievement participants can aspire to be.
More than 400 business leaders and their families, along with educators and volunteers were on hand at Grace Gardens in the Upper Valley for the Junior Achievement's Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
"It's a sold-out house and it's kind of a who's who of El Paso here tonight and I'm just very humbled just to be here," said Business Hall of Fame inductee Harold Hahn, the Chairman and C.E.O. of Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company.
Junior Achievement, an organization that teaches students about entrepreneurship and the world economy, holds this gala every year to honor standout business leaders in the community. "It's a great honor. I'm very humbled," said Hanh. "Junior Achievement is such a great organization, teaching young people financial integrity and how to deal with life's issues."
Currently, Junior Achievement has nearly 200 volunteers, mostly business leaders, who teach and mentor students at EPISD, YISD and SISD. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade learn how to succeed in a global economy.
Mrs. Patty Holland-Branch, another inductee, founded Facilities Connection Inc. 25 years ago. "I'm extremely humbled to receive this award. I started off at my kitchen table as an interior designer working as an independent home-grown business and rapidly grew and, within a year, we had moved into an office building," said Holland-Branch. During the gala, one of Junior Achievement's nearly 3400 students told the audience about what she's learned. "The program taught me a lot of things, such as, it takes a lot of people to build a business," said Alyssa.
The third and last recipient, Paco Jordan, is the Chairman and founder of C.F. Jordan Construction. His company has completed billions of dollars of award-winning projects across the United States. "I'm very honored at this event. I never expected that they would invite me," said Jordan.
Although each inductee had different experiences on how they build their business, one thing they agree on is that an organization like Junior Achievement is a vital part in the next wave of business leaders.
"Junior Achievement is such a wonderful organization because it gives young people an opportunity to become an entrepreneur," said Holland-Branch." Had I been part of that much younger, it would have made life a lot easier for me."
If you'd like to make a donation to Junior Achievement or volunteer, go to jadesertsouthwest.org.
Source: oortega \ KTSM News