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Induction into the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame is a special honor for the state`s business, industry and economic development leaders who have made a difference through their careers and have given back to their communities.

Along the way, these individuals have seen great professional and personal success, but have also used their skills and talents to improve opportunities for others.

Last week, this year`s class of inductees was honored during a banquet in Jackson, and what an impressive class it is:

• Dan Grafton, the president of L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace in Madison, said in a recent interview with the Mississippi Business Journal, “While balancing work, education and family, more often work and school took first place, and a supporting family helped me achieve my goals. A supportive family may be the single most important ingredient in any successful career.”

• Jim Payne, the founder and former president, chairman and CEO of Jackson-based UAD Laboratories Inc. and at one time a pre-pharmacy major, told the MBJ, “Almost all of the men in my family were salesmen and I looked up to them. When I changed to business and marketing, it was a more natural fit. It`s unusual that later on in life, I put to use in the pharmaceutical industry my knowledge of biology and chemistry.”

• George A. Schloegel, president and CEO of Hancock Bank and its subsidiary companies, said, “”I love Mississippi and I love people. I have been blessed with the opportunity to nurture lifetime friendships through community involvement. My parents taught me by their example that service to humanity is the best work of life.”

• Lawrence Warren, president and CEO of Warren Paving Inc. of Hattiesburg, said, “This is all about giving back. What`s the old saying? `to whom much is given, much is expected.’ I’ve been blessed. I really have. It seems like the more I give, the more I get. And the more I get, the more I give. It`s been wonderful.”

Look for more of these interviews in the MBJ`s special Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame publication in the May 31st issue.

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