Four new members — attorney Bill Lear, developers Dudley Webb and his late brother, Donald W. Webb Sr., and sports broadcaster Tom Hammond — are being inducted into the Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame later this month.
The men are being honored for achievement in their careers, service to the community and their part as role models for our youth.
"The purpose of Junior Achievement is to empower young people to own their future economic success," said Lynn Hudgins, president, JA of the Bluegrass. "I can't think of a better way to inspire young people than to recognize the great business leaders who have made a difference in the Bluegrass community."
Lear has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 1980 and currently serves as its managing director. A former state representative in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1985 to 1994, Lear gained considerable experience in economic development and was recognized by the governor with the inaugural Economic Development Leadership Award.
His community involvement includes serving as a trustee for the Keeneland Association, vice chair of Economic Development for Commerce Lexington, a board member for the Lexington Strides Ahead Foundation, the Board of Managers for the Commonwealth Seed Capital Corporation, vice chair for the Greater Louisville Business Leaders for Education and a board member for the Speed Art Museum. He is also a member of the Kentucky Economic Development Hall of Fame.
Dudley Webb and the late Donald W. Webb Sr.
The Webb brothers are graduates of Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky College of Law. The Webb Companies was named the 1988 Business of the Year by the Greater Lexington of Commerce.
From a community standpoint, the brothers worked to raise the private donations needed to conceive and construct the Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge on the UK campus. In addition, they have supported the Galilean Children's Home in Liberty for many years and were charter members of the Triangle Foundation.
The late Don Webb's involvement in the community includes the chamber, the Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, the Central Kentucky Blood Center, the Fayette County Medical Society Foundation, the Kentucky Horse Park Commission, Leadership Kentucky and Lexington United.
Dudley Webb has served on the boards of the chamber, Downtown Lexington Corporation, PNC Bank and the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center. He is a founding member of the Board of "Famely" — a foundation for abused, missing and exploited Lexington youth.
Hammond graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1967. He began his career with WVLK radio, where he was news and sports director. In 1970, he was named sports director for WLEX-TV. In 1980, he was named a play-by-play announcer for SEC basketball games. He is recognized as a national expert on Thoroughbred pedigrees.
His tenure at NBC began in 1984, when he was named a co-host of the inaugural Breeders Cup.
He was awarded horse race broadcasting's top honor, the Eclipse Award (media category), in 1984 and 1996. He had been awarded numerous Emmys. He was the first recipient of the annual Outstanding Kentuckian Award given by the A.B. Chandler Foundation, is a charter member of the Lafayette High School Hall of Fame, and has been inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, UK's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.
Since 1989, JA's Hall of Fame has annually recognized the leaders of the Central Kentucky business community.
Since its inception, 82 men and women have joined the group of business leaders.