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Three local entrepreneurs to be inducted into JA Hall of Fame

The province’s Junior Achievement Hall of Fame will grow by three laureates in a ceremony tomorrow night at the St. John’s Convention Centre.

Set to join the existing class of 90 honourees are local entrepreneurs and business leaders Paul Antle, Gloria Parsons, and John Patten.

Gloria Parsons

Parsons is a self-made businesswoman who started out by using $1,000 in savings into finance the pre-selling of three residential properties. She eventually started the Parsons Group of Companies, specializing in the construction of family homes, townhouses, apartments, condominium and subdivisions.

In the early 1990s, the company built the 165-bed Chancellor Park long-term care home where Parsons is its president and CEO.

Paul Antle

Antle had similar humble roots by brokering hazardous waste disposal services from an office in his mother’s basement. He moved on to become a pioneer in the development and export of environmental technologies and today is the president and CEO of Pluto Investments Inc. which includes the St. John’s Dockyard (Newdock) and Humber Motors Ltd.

John Patten

After completing university Patten moved into the family business at Browning Harvey Ltd. and has been the company’s president since 2005, overseeing investments in plant infrastructure, facilities and technology. Just recently, the company has increased its product offerings by 23 per cent and Patten acquired the distribution rights for Labatt products in central Newfoundland.

Thursday’s event begins at 8 p.m.

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