The Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize the giants of business and industry for their outstanding contribution to their industry, business, and community. The Hall of Fame laureates are honored at the BEL Awards (Business and Education Leadership Awards).
Learn more about the business leaders inducted since 1998 by reading their personal stories of success.
Richard D. Conrow, C&A Tool Engineering, Inc.
Tom Kinder, Michael Kinder & Sons, Inc.
Chris Murphy, 1st Source Bank
Leon Habegger, LH Industries
M. James Johnston, Corporate & Endowment Strategy, LLC
Ardelle Glaze, Fort Wayne Metals (posthumously)
William Milt Cole, The Cole Familly Enterprise
James Marcuccilli & Thomas Marcuccilli, STAR Financial Bank
Mark Hagerman, CEO of Hagerman Group
Rick James, CEO and Chairman of Metal Technologies
Joe Ruffolo, co-founder of RuffoloBenson LLC
Jim Risk, Kirby Risk Corporation
Don Wood, 80/20, Inc.
Ralph Johnson, Johnson Petroleum, Inc.
James Ash, Ash Brokerage Corporation
Paul Zurcher, Zurcher Tire, Inc.
Keith Busse, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
James Shields, WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.
Bob Jesse, Indiana Construction Corp
Bill Purmort, Central Insurance Companies
Leonard Rifkin, OmniSource
Mark and Irwin Deister, Deister Machine Company
John Popp, Perfection Bakeries
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard & Patricia Miller, Vera Bradley
John Tippmann, Sr., Tippmann Group
Jack Lehman, Fort Wayne National Bank
Hank Leander, Ford Meter Box
Cook Lougheed, Earth Construction & Engineering, Inc.
Jon Lassus, Sr., Lassus Brothers Oil Co., Inc.
Bill Reitz, Scott's Food Stores
Dick and Deanna Freeland, Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne, Inc.
Robert and James Brooks, Brooks Construction Company
Marj and Homer Hiner, Hiner Transport
Paul Clarke, Fort Wayne Community Foundation/North American Van Lines
Joe and Ed Dahm, Mike's Express Car Wash
Richard Bowlin, Allen County Motors
Jim Vann, Rea Magnet Wire Company
Ian Rolland, Lincoln National Life
Ted Hagerman, Hagerman Construction Company
Richard Inskeep, Journal Gazette
Glenn T. Reike, Rieke Corporation
Inducted Prior to 1998
Charles H. Beusching
Chester E. Dekko
Richard T. Doermer
Donald P. Eckrich
James D. Edgett
Philo T. Farnsworth
Helene R. Foellinger
Frank R. Freimann
Arnold H. Gerberding
Arthur F. Hall
Don D. Hall
Max Irmscher, Sr.
James E. Kelley
Alfred W. Kettler, Sr.
G. Irving Latz
George W. McKay
Dale W. McMillen
Kenneth W. Maxfield
Lyall D. Morril
W. W. Rogers
Edward J. Schaefer
Jack W. Schrey
Paul W. Seitz
Paul E. Shaffer