St. John’s, NL, Friday, December 7th, 2018, Junior Achievement (JA) of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the 2019 JA Business Hall of Fame inductees. These business leaders will be recognized at the May 23rd, 2019 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the St. John’s Convention Centre:
- Barb Genge, owner & operator of Tuckamore Lodge
- Christopher Hickman, chairman & CEO of Marco Group of Companies
- Greg Roberts, owner P.I. Enterprises and owner & CEO of Mary Brown’s incorporated
Since 1990, Junior Achievement has recognized and honoured entrepreneurs who have inspired others through their investment and success in business and community. In addition to celebrating business excellence, the Business Hall of Fame event is JA’s signature fundraiser, supporting work that focuses on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for youth.
Background Information – JA Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame inductees
Barb Genge- Barb is the owner and operator of Tuckamore Lodge in Main Brook. Tuckamore Lodge, which Barb has operated since the 80’s, is recognized as a world class destination. It is a four star luxury lodge that offers award winning hunting, fishing and adventure tourism experiences. Tuckamore Lodge has been highly rated by the Canadian Tourism Commission. Outdoor Magazine named Tuckamore Lodge as 'one of the six best reconnoitering destinations in Canada'. In 2013 she was inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame in Ottawa. She has received the Sustainable Development Award from Parks Canada and Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as the Canadian Tourism Commission Award and Entrepreneur of the Year. Barb is currently the Mayor of Main Brook. Through her long-term entrepreneurial pursuits and community involvement, Barb has made a significant impact in her region.
Christopher Hickman – Christopher serves as chairman and CEO of Marco Group of Companies. The Marco Group is the largest locally based general contractor in Eastern Canada. Under his leadership, Marco has been recognized by Progress Magazine as one of the Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada for the last six years. As well as one of the Fastest Growing Companies by the same publication. Christopher sits on many boards including Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council (vice-chair), Canada Infrastructure Bank Board of Directors, Nalcor Energy, and the Swilers Rugby Football Club (chair). In 2011, he was inducted into the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame by Atlantic Business Magazine – an honour awarded to Top 50 CEOs who have made this list for five consecutive years.
Greg Roberts – Greg is the owner of P.I. Enterprises and owner & CEO of Mary Brown’s incorporated. He became a franchisee of Mary Brown’s in 2003 and in 2007 he bought the Mary Brown’s brand and company. Under his leadership, there are now over 155 stores across Canada as well as US and International locations. Greg is a member of the exclusive Young Presidents Organization. He has been recognized over the years with many awards including The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Atlantic Region Services and Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award.
These individuals are being recognized for their excellence in business leadership, outstanding professional achievements and enduring contributions to society. They are all role models for youth, the next generation of leaders.