Paul S. Amos honored by Junior Achievement for his contribution to the business world and commitment to community service
Columbus, Ga. – April 16, 2007– Aflac's surviving founder, Paul Amos, will be inducted into Columbus' Business Hall of Fame on April 17 during an award ceremony at Columbus State University's Cunningham Center. Junior Achievement, an organization best known for its work in providing business education to students in Grades K-12 will present the inaugural award to Amos, honoring him for his work in the corporate world and community service.
After a 10-year hiatus, the award ceremony marks JA's return to the City of Columbus, an organization that touches the lives of over 4,700 students locally. “It is an honor to be among the first to be inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in Columbus,” said Amos. “My business success at Aflac and my continual involvement in the community is an important part of who I am. It is an extreme privilege to be recognized for that.”
Mr. Amos supports a number of civic and educational causes throughout Georgia, including the Aflac Cancer Center and Columbus State University. A strong supporter of education, he has created several scholarships awarding Aflac employees tuition reimbursement for continuing education in undergraduate or graduate programs. Aflac also provides scholarships for graduating high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of the company's employees.
Earlier this year, Amos endowed $10 million to the Asbury Theological Seminary for the continuation of its Biblical Studies Ph.D. program.
“Mr. Amos is a great business and community leader who embodies the core values of JA, which are integrity, respect and excellence. He serves as a role model to Junior Achievement students, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to recognize his accomplishments,” said Michelle Nelson-Hawkins, executive director of JA of Georgia – Columbus District.
Amos and his brothers, John and Bill, founded Aflac in 1955. He is credited with instituting the corporation's worksite sales structure that has helped make it a Fortune 500 company. As one of the principle founders of Aflac, a leading U.S. insurer, Amos joins a world-class list of Laureates throughout Georgia who have been inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame, including S. Truett Cathy, Ted Turner and Hank Aaron.
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for seven consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for nine consecutive years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine's listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine's listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
About Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc.
Using hands-on experiences, Junior Achievement of Georgia helps young people understand the “economics of life.” JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential by is bridging the business and education communities. JA's success depends on the involvement of people who want to make a difference in the life of a child, which possible through volunteering your time or donations. During the 2005-2006 school year, JA of Georgia impacted over 101,000 students statewide through six district offices located in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, and Savannah. For more information, visit www.georgia.ja.org
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