Panama City Beach- A who's who in Northwest Florida business and education gathered in one place Thursday to honor two of their colleagues. The local Junior Achievement organization held it's 5th annual Business Hall of Fame dinner at the Majestic Beach Resort in Panama City Beach. The event is Junior Achievement's largest fundraiser and allows it to carry out it's mission of work readiness and financial education in Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Washington County schools.
This year's two hall of fame inductees are well known for both their business and community service accomplishments. News Herald publisher Karen Hanes is also the regional vice president for Freedom Communications. She's served on the Gulf Coast Community College Foundation Board of Directors and is a past president, and has also served as president of United Way of Northwest Florida and Bay Medical Center Foundation.
Larry Dantzler is an engineer who now owns the Storage Inn. He has also contributed his abilities to many organizations including the Optimist Club, Girls Inc., the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Defense Alliance.
Both say they are proud to be honored by an organization with such an important mission. "Think of how much impact they have on children of all ages with mentors that teach them about what their future should be and how they should react to things in the community and how important community stewardship is," said Hanes. "They teach our youngsters what it is that makes this country great, they teach them about the free enterprise system," said Dantzler.
Junior Achievement puts volunteers together with 5th grade, 8th grade and high school students to learn solid business practices.