Stephens inducted into JA Hall of Fame

Thgeresa Kuhlmann

The honesty of business leaders has become front-page news and a topic of discussion in lunchrooms to boardrooms worldwide.

But, with what seems a resume to envy, and a spirit to match, Jerry Stephens, chairman of the board of directors for RLI Corp., stands out as a remarkable person, as well as an informed businessman.

Stephens was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in the spring, in a ceremony at Robert Morris College.

The announcement was part of the second annual OSF Health Care — Junior Achievement Business Competition for area high school students.

“Stephens was honored for his outstanding efforts to improve the quality of life in Central Illinois through his contributions to free enterprise, business and economics, the core values of JA,” Larry Timm, president of Junior Achievement of Central Illinois Inc., said.

JA Hall of Fame Laureates are judged in four key areas of business accomplishments: recognition for leadership and/or vision in profession or industry; outstanding business achievement, role model for youth/future leaders; and community and civic involvement.

If the idea of the Junior Achievement Award is to inspire young people to learn about the concept of free enterprise, then Stephens has the credentials to do just that, according to Timm.

For more of this story see the 7/16/08 issue of the Peoria Times-Observer.