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Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame to induct four businessmen

Four businessmen will be inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

The ceremony will be at Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center in Louisville.

The 2014 inductees are:

■ James Booth of Booth Energy Group, a conglomerate of coal companies. Booth also owns 19 Fast Lane convenience stores, 10 fast-food restaurants, Car City, Elite Insurance and R&J Building Supply.

■ Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman of Bridgeman Foods Inc., which owns and operates more than 160 Wendy's franchises across the country. That makes Bridgeman the second-largest owner of Wendy's franchises in the world. He also owns 118 Chili's restaurants.

■ Chris Sullivan of Outback Steakhouse. Sullivan is a founder and former chairman and CEO of Outback Steakhouse. In 2000, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky's Business and Economics Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

■ John A. Williams Sr. of Computer Services Inc. Williams is the founder and chairman of CSI, which provides technology solutions. In 2006, he received the Governor's Technology Award.

Emerging entrepreneurs also will be recognized. They are Ankur Gopal, CEO of Interapt, a mobile development and strategy firm; Jennifer Mackin, CEO of The Oliver Group, a business development firm; and Nate Morris, founder of Rubicon Global, a waste and recycling services company.

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