Highlights from the 2018 Washington Business Hall of Fame

The 31st annual Washington Business Hall of Fame benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater Washington was held on November 28, 2018, at the National Building Museum. Dubbed the “Academy Awards of Business” for the DC region, nearly 1,000 attended the black-tie event, which was founded by Greater Washington Board of Trade, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington (JAGW), and Washingtonian magazine.

A Look Back at the 2018 Washington Business Hall of Fame

Nearly $1.3 million was raised for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington (JA). JA teaches young people how to succeed in a global economy and inspires confidence in the future.

4 Laureates were inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame and honored for their professional and philanthropic contributions to the Greater Washington region:

  • José Andrés - Chef/Owner, ThinkFood Group & minibar by José Andrés

  • Mark D. Ein - Founder & CEO, Venturehouse Group, LLC

  • Dr. Sachiko Kuno – Founder and Chair, Halcyon

  • Donald A. Brown, Joseph B. Gildenhorn & Benjamin Jacobs – Founding Partners, The JBG Companies

They join over 100 laureates, all of whom have shaped the regional landscape and consistently demonstrated the following characteristics: outstanding business accomplishments; visionary, innovative leadership; integrity and strong core values; and passionate community engagement. View their bios at www.washbizhalloffame.com

The laureates were introduced by (respectively, according to order above) the following DC business and civic VIPs: 

  • Michael Glosserman – Former Executive Committee Chair; The JBG Companies; Member, JBG Smith Board of Trustees

  • Kate Goodall – Co-Founder and CEO, Halcyon

  • Marion Ein Lewin – Mark’s mother

  • Seth Hurwitz – Owner of I.M.P, the 9:30 Club and The Anthem, and operator of Merriweather Post Pavilion and Lincoln Theatre

Master of Ceremonies: JAGW Board Member Leon Harris, NBC4

Presenting Sponsors: Capital One and Grant Thornton

2018 Event Chair: Richard P. LaFleur, Partner in Charge, Markets, Industries and Clients, Mid-Atlantic Region, Grant Thornton

Click here to view photos from the event.