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Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador announces the 2020 JA Business Hall of Fame inductees.

"Since 1990, Junior Achievement has recognized and honored entrepreneurs who have inspired others through their investment and success in business and community."

St. John’s, NL, Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, Junior Achievement (JA) of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the 2020 JA Business Hall of Fame inductees. These business leaders will be recognized at the May 20th, 2020 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the St. John’s Convention Centre:
Cathy Bennett, entrepreneur, board director and consultant
Aubrey and Reginald Budgell, entrepreneurs
Jamie King, Brendan Brothers and Raymond Pretty, co- founders of Verafin


Since 1990, Junior Achievement has recognized and honored 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

Cathy Bennett – As a former CEO, seasoned entrepreneur, current board director and consultant, Cathy's focus is growth. With over 30 years of business leadership, her own company, Bennett Group of Companies, grew from a small group of service businesses to operations in commercial and industrial construction, industrial manufacturing, human resource support, service, retail, industrial supply and real estate investments and operations.

Cathy has served on several publicly-traded and crown corporation boards and serves/has served on numerous privately-held corporate boards. Her own company and board work has encompassed various operations throughout Atlantic Canada, nationally and globally. She is currently a director with Vigilant Management, Dynamic Air Shelters and the Business Development Bank of Canada. Cathy has been extensively involved in the charitable and volunteer sectors and is currently co-chair/founder of ConnectioNL, a community-based volunteer organization facilitating mentorship for new and growing businesses.

She has also been a Member of the Newfoundland & Labrador House of Assembly serving in Cabinet as Minister of Finance, President of Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, the Human Resource Secretariat, the Public Service Commission and the Office of the Chief Information Officer

Aubrey and Reginald Budgell – These brothers from Triton have been entrepreneurs most of their lives with some significant joint ventures throughout the province and other separate ventures. In 1989, Aubrey and Reg started Budgell’s Equipment & Rentals Ltd., a small construction company that grew to become a multimillion-dollar business with large crews and substantial equipment and facilities. Their construction company has done significant work in Labrador. In 2018, the last year that Aubrey managed the company, it had 80 employees which was huge for the local area. Reg retired from this venture in the early 2000’s.

While the construction company started in the 80’s, Reg began his entrepreneurial pursuits with a restaurant in Triton in the 1970’s. He later converted that into a small sports shop, which expanded into marine products and various recreational dealerships including Bombardier and Honda. In the 1980’s, the business began operating as Budgell’s Sport & Marine. In 2006, Aubrey created a prospecting and mining company, B & A Minerals. It operates in Labrador and, to date, has struck six deals with large mining companies. Aubrey and his partners were recipients of the Prospector and Explorer Award in 2011 from the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Petroleum NL Chapter. Aubrey’s other ventures include Triple A Gift Shop, Triton Home Hardware, Budgell Real Estate and Mid-Island Marine & Fabrication Ltd.

In addition to being drivers of the economy in the Triton area, the Budgell’s are community- minded. Their mindset in community giving and support extends into Labrador and many other small communities.

Jamie King, Brendan Brothers and Raymond Pretty – Verafin was born in 2003, when Jamie, Raymond and Brendan decided to take the technology they used to build robots for the mining industry and apply it in a new way to help fight financial crime. They used their research abilities to not only examine the ever-growing problem of fraud and money laundering, but to think about what they would want on hand if they worked for a bank or credit union. Then they built it. Today Verafin is one of the North American leaders in fraud detection and anti-money laundering software. You will find their software in nearly 3000 banks and credit unions across North America.

The culture of Verafin functions on a foundation of caring, teamwork and innovation. They are passionate about what they do and are committed to creating a positive environment where employees can do their best work. They have been recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 employers, and were named the best place to work in Atlantic Canada in 2015 and 2016. Verafin’s internal charity, Veracares, provides fundraising and volunteer support for local organizations. Veracares has raised over $800,000 since 2013 and provided hundreds of volunteer hours. Their work in the community has earned them a Board of Trade award for community impact.

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. For more information on Junior Achievement and the JA Business Hall of Fame, contact Sandra Patterson, president & CEO, at spatterson@janl.org or 753-9533 or visit: www.janlbusinesshalloffame.org

 

Three inducted into JA Business Hall of Fame

The Telegram | Published on May 20, 2015

Hundreds of business leaders gathered at the Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre Wednesday to honour three prominent men in the Newfoundland and Labrador’s business community.

 

Inducted into the Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame were Charles Bell, former president and CEO and board chair of Bell Group of Cos.; Bernard Collins, former CEO and current board chairman of PF Collins International Trade Solutions Inc.; and H. Stanley Marshall, retired president and CEO of Fortis Inc.

 

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Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame

St. John’s, NL, Tuesday, May 19th.

 

In recognition and celebration of their achievements, Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador will induct Charles Randolph Bell, former president and CEO and board chair of Bell Group of Companies; Bernard J. (Tanny) Collins, former CEO and current board chair of PF Collins International Trade Solutions Inc.; and H. Stanley Marshall, retired president and CEO of Fortis Inc. as laureates of the JA Business Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at Delta St. John’s.  The event begins at 7:00 pm. and about 700 business leaders will attend.  To discuss attendance, please contact Frankie at fbagg@janl.org by noon on Wednesday, May 20th.

 

About JA Business Hall of Fame

Since 1990, the Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame has recognized and honoured entrepreneurs who have inspired others through their investment and success in business and community.  The event is Junior Achievement’s signature fundraiser.

 

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is a registered charity whose purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.  In Newfoundland and Labrador, Junior Achievement delivers programs to elementary, junior high and high school students.  These focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness.  Programs are delivered by volunteers from the business community.

For more information, visit www.janl.org or contact Sandra Patterson, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, at spatterson@janl.org.

 

 

The Telegram | Published on December 09, 2014

Hall of fame getting 3 more names

Randy Bell, Tanny Collins and Stan Marshall made a mark on N.L.'s business community

Three prominent businessmen will join the ranks of the Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame in 2015, it was announced Tuesday night.

 

In the hall of fame’s 25th year, Charles (Randy) Bell, Bernard (Tanny) Collins and Stan Marshall will have their names added to a list of 73 others who have been named since 1990.

 

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Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador announces 2015 JA Business Hall of Fame inductees

St. John’s, NL, Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

 

Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the 2015 JA Business Hall of Fame inductees. The three outstanding business leaders to be recognized at the May 20th, 2015 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the Delta St. John’s are:

 

  • Charles Randolph (Randy) Bell, former president and CEO of the Bell Group of Companies
  • Bernard J. (Tanny) Collins, former President of PF Collins International Trade Solutions
  • H. Stanley Marshall, CEO of Fortis Inc.

 

This is the 25th anniversary of the JA Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame.  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 event is Junior Achievement’s signature fundraiser, supporting work that focuses on the development of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for youth.

 

Background Information – JA Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame inductees

 

Charles Randolph (Randy) Bell went to work in the family business, Charles R. Bell Ltd., in 1965. At that time, it was mainly a wholesale distribution business that was started by his father in 1933. Randy embarked on a very successful and aggressive acquisition and growth strategy that resulted in exponential sales growth. During this same period, the number of employees grew from 37 to 426 employees.   Randy was President and CEO of the Bell Group of Companies until his retirement. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Bell Group.  He has successfully transitioned the individual businesses to his children.

 

Bernard J (Tanny) Collins.  His grandfather, Patrick Francis, founded PF Collins in 1921 as a one-man operation; Tanny’s father, Bernard Sr., developed the business into a small customs firm. In 1971, shortly after university graduation, Tanny joined the business.  When Tanny took the helm in 1981, PF Collins employed twelve people and was principally an import brokerage and warehousing operation.  During his tenure, Tanny has transformed PF Collins into a trade solutions powerhouse with offices in St. John’s, Halifax and Calgary, employing over 100 staff.   In 2014, Tanny successfully transitioned the business into its 4th generation.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of PH Collins International Trade Solutions.

 

Stanley Marshall, a professional engineer and lawyer, joined Newfoundland Power in 1979 and in 1987 was instrumental in the creation of the utility’s parent company, Fortis Inc. In 1995, he became President and Chief Executive Officer. He retired as President of Fortis Inc. in June of 2014 and will retire as Chief Executive Officer effective December 31, 2014.

 

Under Stan Marshall’s leadership, Fortis has grown to become a leader in the North American electric and gas utility business. It serves more than 3 million customers across Canada and in the United States and the Caribbean. The Corporation's non-utility investment is comprised of hotels and commercial real estate in Canada.   Headquartered in St. John’s, NL, The Fortis Group of Companies employs more than 10,000 employees.

 

 

These three business leaders are being recognized for their excellence in business leadership, outstanding professional achievements and enduring contributions to society. These individuals are all role models for youth, the next generation of leaders.