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Businessman to be inducted to hall of fame

Boone Knox, one of the most successful businessmen in Georgia and a former resident of Thomson, will be honored later this year.

Mr. Knox, who makes his home in Augusta, will be named to the CSRA Business Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

The honor will be bestowed to Mr. Knox by the Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc. Augusta District. A dinner is planned at the Marriott Augusta Hotel & Suites.

Mr. Knox serves as managing partner of Knox Ltd. and managing trustee of the Knox Foundation, which is located near Thomson.

A former banking executive, Mr. Knox earned his distinction as a businessman in the banking industry.

Years ago, Mr. Knox turned what used to be known as the Bank of Thomson on Main Street into Allied Bankshares, which became a $600 million bank holding company that was later acquired by Regions Bank.

Mr. Knox, regarded as one of the area's top philanthropists, is currently heading a fundraising project for the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Augusta.

Two others also will be inducted into the CSRA Business Hall of Fame, according to Laurie L. Cook, executive director of the Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc. Augusta District. They include: Clayton P. Boardman III, president and chief executive officer of Augusta Capital LLC, a real estate and private equity firm; and James M. Hull, owner of Hull Storey Gibson Companies LLC, a commercial real estate company.

This year's Hall of Fame ceremony also will recognize Nadia Butler for The Rising Star Award, Ms. Cook said. The award recognizes the achievements of up and coming business leaders. Ms. Butler serves as president and chief executive officer of Emergency Services Integrators (ESi), a developer of crisis management software that is used by Fortune 500 companies and the federal government.

Web posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009

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