Junior Achievement of Kansas City organization honors mentors who inspire the youth

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DEG’s innovative group of founders and leaders. // Courtesy DEG

The next generation is set to save us all—with a little help from the current one.

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City—the organization that has made the economic success of Kansas City’s young people its number one goal—announced the 2021 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureates yesterday.

DEG, a digital experience agency that helps businesses from United Way to Columbia College reach full online potential, was among the inductees.

DEG’s group of founders and leaders includes: Neal Sharma and Dale Hazlett, Founders and CEOs; Jasvindarjit Singh, Chief Technology Officer; Jeff Eden, Chief Growth Officer; and Sky Morey, Chief Software Architect. Together, these creative individuals rely on close collaboration and communication to stay on top of an ever-changing digital landscape. In other words, DEG is breaking new ground when it comes to problem solving. Plus, the company believes in the power of Gen Z.

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Mark One Electric’s leadership team. // Courtesy Mark One Electric

A company that prides itself in completing difficult jobs since 1974 was also among the inductees: Mark One Electric.

Mark One started out servicing small businesses but has since grown to even provide specialty electrical services underground. What’s more, the company has always been family-oriented: founders and parents Carl and Josephine Privitera passed the torch to their children in 1994. JAKC honored President Rosana Privitera Biondo and siblings Carl, Joe, and Tony Privitera (Vice Presidents) with spots on its list.

Additionally, JAKC named Thalia Cherry, Founder of fashion-forward sports brand Cherry, as the 2021 Kansas City Innovator Award winner. Cherry is a resource in itself, and strives to give back to Kansas City education, sports, and entrepreneurship. The Cherry Foundation is committed to supporting impactful community organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, Girls on the Run Kansas City, and Entrepreneurship KC.

A reception for the Hall of Fame Laureates is planned for November 9 at JA BizTown in the brand-new Junior Achievement Youth Learning Lab in Kansas City, KS.

On a day-long visit to BizTown, elementary students can operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor—all within the boundaries of a simulated town. (To put it in perspective, we could barely write a check in high school.)

The reception will honor Hall of Fame leaders and raise money to connect Kansas City’s young people to inspiring Junior Achievement mentors and programs which teach financial decision-making skills, build an entrepreneurial mindset, and prepare them for impactful careers.

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