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Jack Harrell, Jr. to be inducted into the Tampa Business Hall of Fame

TAMPA, USA: Jack Harrell Jr, Chairman and CEO of Harrell’s, LLC, has been selected to join the class of 2020’s induction into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.

Jack R. Harrell, Jr. is a native of Lakeland, Florida and the third Harrell in three-quarters of a century to lead the company, which was established in 1941. Over the years, Jack has served the company in many roles spanning across every department before becoming CEO in 1990.  His wealth of knowledge in every area of the company has led to the growth and expansion of Harrell’s across the United States and internationally. Taking care of people is always at the forefront of his endeavors and his employees, customers and community see and benefit from his generosity daily.

Having been delayed from May of 2020, this year’s ceremony will not only commemorate the induction of the class of 2020, but also the class of 2021. The purpose of the induction is to “recognise exceptional individuals who’ve distinguished themselves through their contributions to the Tampa Bay community.” -Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE).

The class of 2020 consists of Jack Harrell, Jr. (Harrell’s LLC), Dwayne Hawkins (Crown Automotive), Pam Iorio (Big Brothers Big Sisters), and Tom Wallace (Florida Funders). The class of 2021 includes Colleen Chappell (Chappell Roberts), Sonji Coney (Coney Funeral Home), and Ron Wanek (Ashley Homestore). All proceeds from the ceremony are put toward economic, financial literacy and free enterprise education programs of the FCEE and the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise & Economic education at the University of South Florida.

“This year’s ceremony will celebrate all Tampa Bay Hall of Fame members who are seen as “visionaries” in their fields,” said Greg Celestan & Oscar Horton, Co-Chairman of the Event & Selection Committee. “We look forward to an exciting event that will celebrate the accomplishments, leadership and service of the Honorees, and support the critical work of the FCEE in preparing our young people to become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors.”

In addition to being one of the nation’s largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, Harrell’s produces top-quality, custom blended fertilizers, specialty liquids, and wetting agents. Harrell’s guarantees stringent quality control procedures, tight manufacturing specifications and careful selection of raw materials for each product that carries the Harrell’s name.  They are also the world-class formulator and a leading world distributor of POLYON®, the industry’s superior controlled-release fertilizer technology.

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