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        Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

        Recognizing Your Business Talent

        The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of Auburn University alumni who, by virtue of their entrepreneurial spirit, have made significant impacts in the business world. In addition to recognizing the career achievements of Auburn University alumni, the Harbert College of Business presents individual awards in recognition of excellence.

        The award categories include the Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur Award, Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  View previous winners and learn more about the events below.

        The next Entrepreneurship Award Ceremony will be be held in 2023. Information about this event will be forthcoming. 

        Award Categories

        • Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

          The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business launched the Auburn University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2015. Open to alumni from each of Auburn University’s colleges, the Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of graduates who, by virtue of their entrepreneurial spirit, have made a significant impact in their professions.

          Selection Criteria

          This award is open to all Auburn University alumni.

          • Nominees must demonstrate, over their lifetime, outstanding contributions to the business community either as a business leader or for leading an established business to significant achievements
          • Evidence of a long-term leadership role (i.e. more than 10 years)
          • Nominees must demonstrate a positive tangible impact on those he/she has led
          • Nominees must demonstrate traits of high moral integrity, ethics, and citizenship measured by participation in his/her community
          • Nominees should serve as inspirations and role models to Auburn University students

          Note: Members of the selection committee for that year, current employees of Auburn University, and members of Auburn University Board of Trustees are ineligible.

           

        • Entrepreneur of the Year

          Presented by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award is open to Auburn University alumni who graduated more than 10 years ago. Winners are selected on the basis of their recent professional accomplishments, their impact as business leaders, ethics and integrity.

          Selection Criteria

          This award is open to Auburn University alumni who graduated more than 10 years ago.

          • Evidence of significant professional accomplishments during the previous calendar year; specifically,
            • Entrepreneurial Spirit:
              • Sets very high standards for self and business while demonstrating strong leadership skills and an unwavering desire and determination to be successful
              • Demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity, overcomes obstacles and learned from those experiences
              • While relying on trusted individuals and the team, he/she also demonstrates capacity to be an independent thinker and to take on and manage risks in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
          • Nominees must demonstrate a positive tangible impact on those he/she has led
          • Nominees must demonstrate traits of high moral integrity, ethics, and citizenship measured by participation in his/her community
          • Nominees should serve as inspirations and role models to Auburn University students
          • Award winner is not eligible for Hall of Fame induction in the same calendar year.

          Note: Members of the selection committee for that year, current employees of Auburn University, and members of Auburn University Board of Trustees are ineligible.

           

        • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

          Presented by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is open to Auburn University alumni who graduated less than 10 years ago. Winners are selected based on their recent professional accomplishments, their impact as business leaders, ethics and integrity.

          Selection Criteria

          This award is open to Auburn University alumni who graduated less than 10 years ago.

          • Evidence of significant professional accomplishments during the previous calendar year; specifically,
            • Entrepreneurial Spirit:
              • Sets very high standards for self and business while demonstrating strong leadership skills and an unwavering desire and determination to be successful
              • Demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity, overcomes obstacles and learned from those experiences
              • While relying on trusted individuals and the team, he/she also demonstrates capacity to be an independent thinker and to take on and manage risks in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
          • Nominees must demonstrate a positive tangible impact on those he/she has led
          • Nominees must demonstrate traits of high moral integrity, ethics, and citizenship measured by participation in his/her community
          • Nominees should serve as inspirations and role models to Auburn University students.
          • Award winner is not eligible for Hall of Fame induction in the same calendar year.

          Note: Members of the selection committee for that year, current employees of Auburn University, and members of Auburn University Board of Trustees are ineligible.

           

        • Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur

          Presented by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated long-term success in building and growing family-owned businesses.

           

        Nomination Submission

        Anyone who meets the selection criteria for the Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur of the Year or Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards may be nominated. Self-nominations are acceptable. Only complete nominations will be considered.

        Nominations will remain active for a period of three years.

        Directions to submit the Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominations will be announced soon.

        Selection Committee

        The selection committee will consist of one Advisory Council member per college as nominated by the dean of that college. Committee members may not nominate inductees during the year they serve on the selections committee.

        Selection Process

        • Selection committee will receive all complete nomination packets at same time.
        • Selection committee evaluates nominations using Evaluation Criteria Form (to be developed based on approved selection criteria).
        • Selection committee has responsibility and discretionary power to make final determinations of the inductees for each year
        • Inductees notified in adequate time to make travel arrangements
        • Inductee must be present to accept award

        Previous Winners

        • Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

           

          Stan Harrell

          Stan Harrell
          Pharmacy Management Services, LLC
          2019

          Joe Forehand

          Joe Forehand
          Accenture
          2018

          Auburn University Harbert College of Business Logo

          Walter Woltosz
          Simulation Plus
          2017

          John Brown

          John Brown
          Stryker Corporation
          2015

        • Entrepreneur of the Year

           

          Andy Capps

          Andy Capps
          RESICAP
          2019

          Bob Broadway

          Bob Broadway
          The Broadway Group
          2018

          Tara Wilson

          Tara Wilson
          The Tara Wilson Agency
          2018

          Jon Butts pictured on the right

          Jon Butts
          Muscle Up Marketing
          2017

          Stacy Brown

          Stacy Brown
          Chicken Salad Chick
          2016

          Mark Forchette

          Mark Forchette
          Delphinus Medical Technologies
          2015

          Dale Katechis

          Dale Katechis
          Oskar Blues Brewery
          2015

          Forrest Walden

          Forrest Walden
          Iron Tribe Fitness
          2015

        • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

          Michael Johnson

          Michael Johnson
          Elite Transit Solutions
          2018

          Auburn University Harbert College of Business

          Justin Lambert
          The Mint Julep Boutique
          2017

          Cameron Doody

          Cameron Doody
          Bellhops
          2016

          Parker Duffey

          Parker Duffey
          Tailgate Guys and The Event Group Rentals
          2015

          James Kelley

          James Kelley
          Wire Road Studios
          2015

          Jason Wilson

          Jason Wilson
          Back Forty Beer Company
          2015

        • Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur

           

          Auburn University Harbert College of Business

          Jack Nix
          Nix Investments
          2017

          Gary Martin

          Gary Martin
          Market Sprocket & Gear, Inc.
          2015