2017 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureates Announced

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2017) Washington Business Hall of Fame founders Junior Achievement® of Greater Washington, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Washingtonian today announced the 2017 Hall of Fame laureates. Since 1988, the Washington Business Hall of Fame has recognized the professional and philanthropic contributions of outstanding business leaders in our region who have made Greater Washington the city that it is today. The annual gala benefits Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and its innovative financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship K-12 programs that inspire the next generation of leaders to navigate their path to the American Dream.

This year’s laureates are:

Philip D. M. de Picciotto
Founder and President, Octagon, Inc.

Michael N. Harreld
Immediate Past President, PNC Bank, Greater Washington Area

Gracia C. Martore
President & CEO, TEGNA Inc.

Christopher J. Nassetta
President & CEO, Hilton

“This year’s laureates are an example of what’s possible from our region’s business leaders,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. “Their passion for excellence and steadfast commitment to this community is an inspiration to all of us and a lesson in leadership for Greater Washington’s future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.”

Washington Business Hall of Fame laureates have shaped the regional landscape of Greater Washington and consistently demonstrated outstanding business accomplishments, visionary leadership, integrity and strong core values, and, passionate community engagement. Following a call for nominations from the general public, final selections are made by a nomination committee led by representatives of the three founding organizations. More than 100 remarkable laureates have been inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame since its founding in 1988. A full list is available at www.myJA.org/halloffame/laureates

The laureates will be honored at a black-tie gala and awards ceremony, chaired by PwC Mid-Atlantic Managing Partner, Terri McClements on Wednesday, November 29 at the National Building Museum. At this year’s gala, more than 1,200 business and civic leaders will come together to honor the four laureates and raise more than $1.4 million to support Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s K-12 programs and their work to inspire 65,000 students in our region annually to be financially capable, tenacious, and equipped with the tools to manage risk effectively, solve problems creatively, and welcome opportunity in an increasingly complex modern economy. The gala is presented by Capital One and PwC.

To reserve a table and for event and sponsorship details, please visit www.WashingtonBusinessHallofFame.org.