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Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis names two to Hall of Fame

David Farr, former CEO of Emerson, also serving as the 2022 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame event chair, has announced that Jim Kavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology and Rob Vitale, president and CEO of Post Holdings Inc., will be inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame.

Also during this event, Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, will present Shawn Schukar, president of Ameren Transmission Co., with the National Gold Leadership Award.

At JA’s Business Hall of Fame event on May 19, Kavanaugh (left) and Vitale (right) will be recognized for their dedication and commitment to the St. Louis community.   JA students will be an integral part of the show, which is expected to draw over 400 guests.

Junior Achievement’s goal is to inspire and impact lives by preparing youth for their future through varied programs for K-12 grade. Last year, the organization reached more than 124,000 students in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, this year we are on target to reach over 150,000.  Junior Achievement utilizes adult volunteers to serve as role models and teachers for its many programs.  In 2020-21, the organization had 1,950 volunteers, these volunteers partner with classroom educators to deliver Junior Achievement programs that help students develop skills in personal and business finance, business ownership, and career readiness.

Empowering young people to own their own economic success is made possible by the privately funded contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations.  This year’s event presenting sponsor is the Dennis and Judy Jones Family Foundation and event sponsors are Ameren, Edward Jones, WWT, Mastercard, and Emerson.   The event is a significant fundraiser that will help support thousands of students in JA’s programs.  For more information visit

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