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Five leaders named to State Business Hall of Fame


Five business and industry leaders with strong ties to West Virginia will be inducted into the 2010 West Virginia Business Hall of Fame Thursday, Nov. 18, in a ceremony to be held at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place, in Morgantown, W.Va. The induction begins at 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by a reception.

This celebration of business, which is open to the public, is a tribute to those who have demonstrated accomplishments in the world of business and who provide models for entrepreneurs and business people of the future.

Those being honored as top business leaders are:

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Gregory S. Babe 

President & CEO Bayer Corp. and Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Thomas DeWitt

President & CEO Swanson 
Industries Inc.
Addison M. Fischer

Founder, Fischer International Corp., Chairman, 
SmartDisk Corp.
Don Hoylman

Owner/Operator Domar Enterprises Inc.
Robert Reynolds

President and CEO Putnam Investments

"The state of West Virginia is privileged to have individuals such as these who have provided so much toward the prosperity of our state and nation," said Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, Mylan Puskar Dean, West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. "These individuals we will induct into the Business Hall of Fame have and will continue to serve as role models, not just for our business students, but for all West Virginians."

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics established the Hall of Fame in 2001 to publicly recognize extraordinary business leaders and to establish a record of their achievement. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame must have established a record of distinction in their field and industry in the categories of national/international businesses, state-based enterprises or entrepreneurial and family businesses. They must also have connections to West Virginia, either by birth, residence, education or business presence.

For more information and to read full bios for this year's inductees, visit www.be.wvu.edu/hall_fame.