• Junior Achievement of Brazoria County

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    September 03, 2019
    For Immediate Release:
    August 29, 2019
    For More Information, Contact:
    Kim Effenberger, President
    Junior Achievement of Brazoria County, Inc.
    Junior Achievement to Honor Local Greats
    Brazoria County — Junior Achievement (JA) of Brazoria County invites the community to participate in our signature fall event — Brazoria County Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 19th at the Lake Jackson Civic Center.
    The 20th annual Business Hall of Fame honors prominent entrepreneurs of the business community for their professional accomplishments and valuable contributions to Brazoria County. This upscale event will feature dinner, auction and an awards presentation for the 2019 Hall of Fame laureates, High School scholarship winners, Presidential Volunteer Service winners, Educator of the year, Denise Janak from Sweeny Junior High & Volunteer of the Year Pamela D. Nagel from Dow Chemical.  The following four business leaders will join an elite group in the Business Hall of Fame:
    Ann Johnston is the owner of Ann’s Monogramming and Johnston’s Sportfishing  Ann attended the School of Seamen Ship and has the proud distinction of being named the 2nd Woman Commissioned captain in the state of Texas. She opened Johnston’s Sportfishing in 1971 and then in 1985 she bought her first embroidery machine and started Ann’s Monogramming. Ann has served in most capacities for the Freeport Host Lions club. She is a supporter of Gulf Coast Rescue, Salvation Army, Shiners, multiple community sport teams as well as Junior Achievement.
    Dr. Gregg Knape attended Texas A&M University graduating with a B.S. in Veterinary Medicine in 1976 and D.V.M. in 1977. Gregg opened the Gulf Coast Large Animal Clinic in 1983, Co-owner of Knape Cattle Company, Founding member and Board of Directors for Texas Advantage Community Bank, owner of Diamond K Cattle Company.  He is also an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Brazoria County Fair and Life member of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he serves as the Official veterinarian. 
    Jarrod Smith is attended The University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Texas Southern University-School of Law.  Jarrod was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2007  In 2008, Jarrod began Alamo Title.  He now owns Alamo Title in Alvin, Angleton and Lake Jackson. Jarrod has been  named as an “Unsung Hero”,  a “Leader Under 40” and was previously named “Young Philanthropist of the Year”.  In 2016, Jarrod was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Board of Directors for the Brazos River Authority.  Jarrod is a founding member of “Demi’s Difference”, a 501c3 charitable organization, formed in honor of his daughter, Demi Smith, who passed away in 2014. 
    Mike Sorrell’s entrepreneurial pursuits started right out of high school with his first job as an equipment operator. In the last 40 years, he has created many successful businesses including: Mike Sorrell Trucking, Brazosport Truck Parts, Con Rock Ready Mix, Tidewater Asphalt, Blue Water Wash & Storage, M.S. Equipment, M.S. Land & Cattle, Sorrell Plus, Sorrell Construction Equipment and Materials, and Sorrell Placer Mining.  Mike helped with the building of the Surfside bridge, BISD’s school demos and rebuilds and Blue Water Highway repairs after the devastation of Hurricane Ike. 
    Proceeds from Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame will support Junior Achievement programs that teach pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.  JA Programs include financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness all free to local students because of sponsorships and donations by local individuals and businesses.
    Sponsorships, tables ($1,000) and tickets ($75) are available by contacting Kim Effenberger at kimberly.effenberger@ja.org or (979) 549-0800 for more information.