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Junior Achievement to Honor Four Business Leaders at Its Annual Fundraising Gala

October 08, 2013

The nonprofit will celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary at Hotel Del Coronado

On Friday, Nov. 8, Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego County will hold the 25th San Diego Business Hall of Fame presented by Jack in the Box Foundation—an inspiring evening that celebrates the accomplishments of remarkable individuals in San Diego’s business community.

Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame lifetime laureates are exceptional role models and epitomize the lessons taught by JA’s financial literacy programs. This year, Junior Achievement will honor:

Dr. Ken Blanchard and Dr. Margie Blanchard are founders of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm started in 1979 in San Diego, Calif.  Both are prominent authors, speakers, entrepreneurs and business consultants.

Thella Bowens serves as president/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the owner and operator of San Diego International Airport as of Jan. 1, 2003. Bowens manages the Authority, its operating and capital budgets, and nearly 360 employees. She also currently oversees the Authority’s terminal development program.

Greg Lucier is CEO of Life Technologies, a global life sciences leader committed to providing innovative products in the areas of scientific research, genetic analysis and applied sciences. Lucier applies more than 25 years of strategic management to shape an era of personalized medicine where researchers can efficiently read and write DNA for humanity’s benefit. 

Junior Achievement looks forward to honor its 2013 laureates at the 25th anniversary of the gala which will feature:

Those interested in attending can purchase tickets online by Oct. 23, 2013. Individual tickets are $375. Tables for 10 start at $3,500. For more information, please contact Tracy Nakamura at or 619-906-4925.

To learn more about San Diego Business Hall of Fame, please visit the website.


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO, INC. works locally to reach 52,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year, which takes thousands of volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit