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The State Journal's 2014 Who's Who in West Virginia Business

It was in 1993 that The State Journal chose to recognize 10 people who made a difference in the business climate of West Virginia. These awards were meant to honor the people who invest their time, their talents and their finances to keep the rest of the state working.

The idea was simple — to tell the stories of people who bring strength and vitality to communities across the state through their entrepreneurship and their leadership.


The State Journal could not produce Who’s Who in West Virginia Business without the gracious support of its sponsors Frontier Communications, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys at Law, Lanham O’Dell & Co. Inc. and Huntington Bank.

By being sponsors, the four businesses are helping to highlight and congratulate West Virginia’s business leaders who strive every day to make a difference in the state. Each of the sponsors understand the huge role that the 11 members of this year’s class of honorees have played in the state during their careers and know the state will benefit from their hard work for generations to come.

“We are so thankful to Frontier Communications, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso Attorneys at Law, Lanham O’Dell & Co. Inc. and Huntington Bank for agreeing to be this year’s sponsors for the 21st annual Who’s Who in West Virginia Business,” said Sean Banks, sales manager for The State Journal and WOWK-TV. “Through their commitment to the program, all four sponsors are giving back in their own way to the members of this year’s class who have dedicated their careers so far to helping the state, their communities and the businesses where they work.”

We are proud to continue that same tradition in the 21st year of Who’s Who in West Virginia Business. We’re looking for the people who serve as shining beacons along the state’s path to prosperity, and we’re still finding them.

This year’s class brings our total to 190 businesspeople, educators and other professionals who keep West Virginia running. They’ve come from every stretch of the Mountain State and from communities both big and small.

The backgrounds of our winners are varied, but they have some things in common.

These are the people who could have played it safe, but they struck out on their own, either with business ventures or new ideas, and they succeeded. They have made a difference. They have changed their communities and the state by their work or by giving back to their neighbors.

They have stories to tell — of taking over a family business or starting one from scratch; of overcoming obstacles or filling a need few other people even knew existed.

And they tend to surround themselves with good people who accomplish the mission of an enterprise.

The State Journal has selected two recipients of the Lorenelle White Lifetime Achievement Award — an honor named in memory of The State Journal’s late publisher. Previous Lifetime Achievement honorees are H. Smoot Fahlgren, Bill Bright, James H. “Buck” Harless, A. Michael Perry, Marshall Reynolds, Gary West, L. Newton Thomas and Dan Pochick. This year’s honorees are Ruth Lemmon, president of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association in Charleston and Gary White, chief operating officer of International Resources LLC of Logan.

These names may not be familiar to every West Virginian, but they are the people who bring vitality in many ways to their corners of the state.

This year’s honorees are: