Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is honoring four laureates who will be inducted into the organization’s Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame.
The honorees will be recognized at the 35th Annual Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Gala on Nov. 3 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. They are:
- Aasif M. Bade, founder and CEO of Ambrose Property Group
- Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s Hybrids
- Carolene Mays, founder and CEO of Black Leadership + Legacies, Inc. and Carolene Mays Inspiring Leadership LLC
- Brian Payne, former president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, former president of The Indianapolis Foundation and former managing director of the Indiana Reparatory Theatre
The Junior Achievement Board of Directors created the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 1989 to recognize outstanding individuals who’ve made a notable difference in central Indiana.
The four 2023 inductees were selected based on personal and professional achievements, as well as their work in civic leadership, their high moral standards and their effect on quality of life in central Indiana, according to a news release.
More than 140 laureates have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“Junior Achievement’s 2023 Laureates embody resilience, compassion and commitment to excellence in the face of adversity,” JACI President and CEO Jennifer Burk said. “We are honored to induct each of these outstanding individuals into the Hall of Fame and to highlight them as role models for the students Junior Achievement of Central Indiana serves.”