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Junior Achievement names execs to Business Hall of Fame

May 27, 2019
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Karl Betz
Karl Betz. Courtesy Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes

The local chapter of an organization that educates students on workforce readiness has given awards to supportive business professionals.

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes has named the three people who will be added to its West Michigan Business Hall of Fame: Karl Betz, Betz Industries; Wendell Christoff, owner of Litehouse, a food production company; and Tom Fox, of Thomas S. Fox Jewelers.

The hall of fame honors “prominent business leaders who possess a record of outstanding business achievements in West Michigan, have earned the respect of the local community and who serve as a role model, particularly to local youth.”

“Each inductee has successfully demonstrated hard work, vision and success in their respective industries, earning the respect of their peers and the larger community,” said Bill Coderre, president, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes.

The organization also presented the Edward J. Frey Distinguished Achievement Award to Elsa Prince Broekhuizen of the Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation.

Edward J. Frey award winners have made “significant contributions resulting in a positive impact on the economic, philanthropic and social development of West Michigan.”

The USA Bronze Leadership award was given to Scott Pranger, former owner of EQI, a logistics and supply chain company.

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