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Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be November 19 starting at 1860 Mellwood Avenue in Louisville. The 2014 Inductees are James Booth, Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman, Chris Sullivan and John A. Williams, Sr. The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame celebrates the stories of Kentucky's most successful entrepreneurs. The mission is to raise awareness of the impact that eentrepreneurship has made in the Commonwealth and to encourage others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors.    

James H. Booth, Booth Energy Group

Surfing the wave of the late-1970s coal, James Booth co-founded his first contract mining company and was earning more than $1 milion a year by his 28th birthday. Booth diversified his business holdings, first with building supplies, then conenience stores, then homes, eventually branching out into nearly everything. Booth is currently the chief executive of Booth Energy Group (conglomerate of coal companies) and also owns 19 Fast Lane convenience stores, 10 fast food restaurants serving 8 million customers in 2013, Car City, Elite Insurance, R&J Building Supply, and more. In recent years, ooth's business empirehasrpord annual revenues of $750 million. Booth was elected and servd athe Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in 2013. 

Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bidgeman, Bridgman Foods Inc.

Mr. Bridgeman is the Presiden and CEO of Bridgeman Fods, Inc. His company owns and operates over 160 Wendy's restaurant franchises cross the country, making him the second largest owner of Weny' franchise in the world. He also owns over 118 Chili's restaurants. He has over 11,000 employees and annual revenues in excess of $500 million. He is ranked #3 on the Restaurant Finance Monitor's Top 200 franchisees-owned companies. He was a guard/forward for the Unversity of Louisville and then the Milwaukee Bucks a had a 12-year NBA career. Mr. Bridgeman is the reciepint of the Louisvllian Award.

Chris Sullivan, Outback Steakhouse

Mr. Sullvan is a founder of Outback Steakhouse, and former Chair & CEO of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. degree in Business an Ecomomics. In 1988 he founded Outback Steakhouse Bob Basham, Tim Gannon and Trudy Cooper. The company went public in 1991 and over the next 15 years collaborated with  founders of Carrabba's Italian Grll, Bonefish Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse abd Roy's to develop and operate 1400 restaurants worldwide. In 2007, with then CEO Bill Allen, the OSI Board of Directors and executive team sold the company to Bain Capital Partners. Catterton Partners and Founders. In 2012, the reconstructed company, Bloomin's Brands, Inc. went public and Mr. Sullivan serves as a Director.

John A. Williams, Sr., Computer Service, Inc.

Mr. Williams is the founder and chair of CSI, providing customers with integrated and streamlined technology solutions. As of 2014, CSI revenues were $213 million with over $26 million in net profit. He served as chair of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch, and is a founder and first president of the Association of Financial Technology (AFT). In 2006, he received the Governor's Technology Award as the indvidual who most deserved to be recognized as a leader in technolgy innovation in Kentucky. Williams is the first recipent of the Murray State University' Telecommuncations Systems Management Department's Entrepreneursip Award and the University futher honored him by naming the award the John A Williams Entreprenuership Award. 










Students / Youth
Entrepreneurs / Startups
Investors / Mentors
  • When: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Start: 20 November 2013
  • End: 20 November 2013 23:59
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Louisville, KY

The 5th Annual Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is tentatively scheduled for November 19, 2014 in Louisville KY.

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