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Hall of Fame event will honor business leaders
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Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame event

When: 6 p.m. May 20

Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville

How much: $125 or $1,250 for a table of 10

More info: 770-297-1222

Junior Achievement will be host of a night of glitz and glamour to honor four community members in its first Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame.

The group is honoring Abit Massey, Moss and Lindsay Robertson and Philip Wilheit Sr. on May 20 at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

“These honorees are selected based not only on their business accomplishments, but also due to their extensive support of the community,” said Tanya Applebaum, director of operations for the Gainesville district.

  • Massey, who is a well-known veteran banker in Gainesville, served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Gainesville Bank and Trust from 1987 to 2002 and was chairman of the board of GB&T Bancshares from 1998 to 2002. He also is president of the Georgia Poultry Federation and chairman of Peach State Bank’s Community Development Board.
    “Described by people from all walks of life from across this state as the most respected man in modern Georgia business, Mr. Massey has worked to make the poultry industry in our state the model for countries across the world,” Applebaum wrote in a news release.
  • Moss and Lindsay Robertson own and operate Moss Robertson Mazda Cadillac dealership on Browns Bridge Road. They regularly host students and community members to discuss successful business practices.
    “(They have) become one of Gainesville’s most active couples in community service and business development,” Applebaum said.
  • Philip Wilheit Sr., president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging Materials, began working at the company after college and has 40 years of experience in warehousing, delivery, purchasing and sales. He serves on the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Commission for a New Georgia. He has been chairman of the Gainesville/Hall Development Authority for 30 years.
    “Though based in Hall County, Mr. Wilheit is known throughout the state,” Applebaum said. “His business accomplishments as well as his work with economic development has been recognized by industry leaders both in the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as well as Leadership Georgia.”

The event includes a cocktail reception, a three-course dinner, a silent auction and the awards ceremony.

Proceeds from the event will fund future Junior Achievement programs in Northeast Georgia, which focus on teaching the fundamentals of free enterprise, business ethics, personal economics and workforce development. The program is expected to help more than 6,000 students this year.