Hampton is the CEO of True Access Capital and Herring is CEO of the WRK Group. The 2021 laureates will be inducted during the Oct. 27 ceremonies at Junior Achievement of Delaware’s Wilmington JA Campus.
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Herring and Hampton join leaders ranging from the inventor of the stationary high-pressure steam engine Oliver Evans to Allen Fasnacht, the patriarch of Funland in Rehoboth Beach.
This in-person induction follows 2020 laureates William (Bill) Allen, Jr, Chef Dana Herbert, and Devona E.G. Williams who were inducted during the Hall of Fame’s only virtual induction ceremony at the height of the pandemic.
The Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame, which was initially established in 1990 through a partnership between Hagley Museum & Library and Junior Achievement, honors outstanding business leaders whose work has positively impacted economic and workforce development in the region through Invention/Innovation, Strategic Management, and/or Entrepreneurship. DuPont CEO Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., who was later inducted in 1997, was the inaugural Hall of Fame Chair.
Local leaders are nominated and vetted by an independent selection committee and approved by the Junior Achievement of Delaware Leadership Council. In recent years, in addition to leaders of private enterprises, the selection criteria have been applied to leaders of public/private partnerships, community-based organizations, and academia.
For the first ten years, the Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame featured a mix of historical figures of business & industry and contemporary leaders.
This included the posthumous inductions of DuPont Company leaders P.S. du Pont, E.I. du Pont, and Walter S. Carpenter; historic leaders whose names are commonly known today for the Wilmington streets named after them, such as Joshua Heald, Joseph Tatnall, George Lobdell, Joseph Bancroft, and Joshua & Thomas Gilpin. More contemporary deceased Laureates were also inducted during this time, including Happy Harry’s founder Harry Levin and Wilbert Gore, who was inducted along with his then surviving wife and partner Genevieve Gore.
In addition to Gore, women business leaders inducted into the Hall of Fame are Carolyn S. Burger, Sally Hawkins, Dian C. Taylor, Carol A. Ammon, and Mariah Calagione, who was inducted alongside her husband and partner Sam Calagione and her deceased father Thomas H. Draper; and DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman.
Other Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame Laureates, in reverse order of induction, are Calvert A. Morgan, Jr; J. Michael Bowman; Robert Perkins; Terry A. Strine; Ernest Dianastasis; Rob Siegfried; Paul McConnell; Fred Sears; Rob Buccini; Peter Morrow; Gary Stockbridge; Robert Laskowski; Verino Pettinaro; Dan Butler (CSC); Arkadi Kuhlmann; Jim Kelly; Alan R. Burkhard; James A. Wolfe; Mark Suwyn, Craig Rogerson; Frank J. McIntosh; Alan B. Levin; Foster Friess; Murray Berstein; Leonard W. Quill; Leon F. Slocomb, Jr.; Leon N. Weiner; Marvin (Skip) Schoenhals; John B. Campbell; T. Coleman du Pont; Robert W. Gore; Werner C. Brown; John W. Rollins, Sr.; John A. Krol; Charles M. Cawley; Frederick G. Krapf, Jr.; Bernard J. Taylor II; David D. Wakefield; Edward Goett; Arthur S. Carota; Jack Burris; Irving S. Shapiro; and Alexander F. Giacco.
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