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Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureates

The Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame was created in 1982 to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of the Tri-State Area by honoring outstanding business leaders who exemplify the ideals of free enterprise, while recognizing their great impact on our community. These men and women have succeeded in the free-market economy, and have moved our society in a better, stronger direction.

After a community-wide nomination process, laureates are selected based on their entrepreneurial achievements, their adherence to the highest moral and ethical principles, and their demonstrated community involvement. An ad-hoc committee of business leaders strived to select laureates the community can be proud of and inspired by. Laureates not only make a difference in the workplace and community, they are role models for our youth.



James Giese, Jim Giese Commercial Roofing Co., Inc.

David W. Spahn, Dubuque Stamping & Mfg.

Jeff Theis, ProPulse


Tim Hodge, Hodge

Michael E. Portzen, Portzen Construction

Larry J. Friedman, The Friedman Group


Duncan Glab, Morrison Brothers Co.

Garry & Jeanne Heiar, Moracco Supper Club

Jack McCullough, McCullough Creative Inc.


John Gronen & Mary Mulgrew Gronen,
Gronen Restoration Properties

Bob Hoefer, Dupaco Community Credit Union


Michael Faley, IWI Motor Parts

Tim Kunkel, Kunkel & Associates


Dick Hartig, Hartig Drug Company

Jim Theisen, Theisen’s Home Farm Auto

Bill Woodward, Woodward Communications, Inc.

Bob Woodward, Woodward Communications, Inc.


Mark Falb

Mike McCoy

R.D. McDonald


Catherine Dunn

Brian Kane

Dick Wertzberger


Edward Babka

Michael Budde

A.J. Spiegel


John Butler

Arnie Honkamp


Fred Ertl, Sr.

Julius K. Graves

Leo & Catherin Theisen


Arte Johnson

Christian Loetscher

Charles J. & Nicholas Schrup


John Deere

Lynn B. Fuller

Evangeline K. Jansen

William G. Kruse

Bruce Meriwether

Frances J. O’Connor

Robert D. Ray

Dr. Walter F. Peterson

Robert C. Wahlert

Marvin W. Whitlow


Edward J. Connors

Peter Kloston

Edward & Solon Langworthy

Lester Wendt

Fred W. Woodward


Cyril & Sylvan Frommelt

Jim Houtz

Bob & Ruth Kehl

Edward McDermott

R.E. “Ted” Turner

Harry W. Wahlert


Herbert T. Bertsch

Peter & William Klauer

David Thomas


John Taylor Adams

William C. Brown

Augustine A. Cooper

Andrew Young McDonald

Henry L. Stout

Related Events

2024 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame

When: Thursday, 13 Jun 2024
Where: Diamond Jo Casino
Time: 6:00 PM CST

Celebrate in an evening of honoring outstanding community leaders who represent the very best in Tri-State Area businesses.

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