April 4, 2012

Lauding our leaders

Junior Achievement to induct four into Hall of Fame

From Staff Reports

— Looking for lessons in leadership?

Just check out the members of the Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame. They are a diverse group that have helped shape Dalton and Whitfield County.

Local Junior Achievement officials got the idea to establish a hall of fame from the JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame as a way to honor area leaders and also raise money for the organization.

The first laureates entered the Hall of Fame in 2006. Photos of the members can be seen at a display at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.

The next four laureates — the late Dicksie Bradley Bandy, a trailblazer in the floorcovering industry; Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle, founders of Lyle Industries Inc.; and Tom Minor III, founder of Minor, Bell & Neal — will be inducted on Tuesday, April 24, at the trade center. The reception and silent auction is at 6:15 p.m. with the dinner and induction ceremony following at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 for individual guests and $1,000 for tables of 10. For information about the banquet, call Junior Achievement at (706) 278-9180.

Founded in 1964, the Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia District is based in Dalton. The district serves Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. During the past school year, 9,479 students in 38 schools and 400 classrooms learned real-life business skills from volunteers and board and staff members from Junior Achievement. Volunteers from area businesses as well as parents and retirees teach business and personal finance skills to children through the JA program.

The Hall of Fame’s previous inductees are:


Charles E. “Charlie” Bowen

For years, Charlie Bowen impacted the lives of children as a teacher, principal and superintendent in the Dalton school system. But he hasn’t let retirement end his community involvement — he’s still active with many local groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boy Scouts of America.

Bowen is a native of Austell and grew up on a farm in Sumter County. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1932 with degrees in math and Latin. Six years later, he returned to Athens and earned a master’s degree in math. He later did graduate work at two universities. He was principal of Dalton High School from 1945 to 1969, then assistant superintendent from 1969-1970 and superintendent through 1975.

Mark Pace

Pace grew up in Florida and started in journalism when he was just a teenager. He moved to Brunswick during a stint in the military and when his commitment was over, he decided to return to the newspaper industry. He came across an advertisement in an Atlanta newspaper about a position with the Dalton newspaper. So Pace traveled to Dalton, interviewed and got the job.

He spent 37 years with the newspaper before retiring in 1982. But because tracking down stories is in his blood, Pace continues as editor emeritus of The Daily Citizen and as a columnist for the newspaper’s Lifestyles section.

He also went to work at the North Georgia Electric Membership Corp. In 1955, he was named Dalton’s “Man of the Year.”

Chang Bin Yim

In 1958, a young Chang Bin Yim immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea.

After Yim graduated from high school in 1957, his father decided his son needed the challenge of attending college in the United States. Yim was accepted to Central Missouri State University and attended classes there on a student visa. At CMSU he earned degrees in chemistry and math. Yim married his wife, Alice, whom he met through a mutual friend in New York, in 1964. Yim moved to Dalton where he went to work for Textile Rubber and Chemical Co. as a chemist. He also pursued several side companies. He is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.


Bob and Dixie Kinard

The Kinards moved to Dalton in the early 1970s and later founded the real estate company Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty.

Bob Kinard has been heavily involved with Dalton State College, serving on the Foundation Board and as a three-term past chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees. He is past chairman of the Carpet Capital Board of Realtors, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism. He was also a director of the Salvation Army for 10 years. His real estate involvement includes being a member of the Georgia Realtors Advisory Committee since 1998, Dalton Board of Realtors’ “Hall of Fame” Award in 1993, Dalton Board of Realtors’ “Realtor of the Year” in 1983 and 1988, and Coldwell Banker’s President’s “Award of Honor” in 1999.

Dixie Kinard is the 9th District board member for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Bright From The Start program, a trustee with the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, on the Dalton Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts, a member of the Archway Executive Committee and involved with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. She is past chair of many organizations, including the chamber (a member of the executive board for eight years), the Education Is Essential Foundation (member 1995 to 2006), Target Tomorrow (Community Vision Program for the Future), Business Education Partnerships and Whitfield Healthcare Corporate Symposium.

Dr. Don Thomas

The venerable doctor and former state legislator has called Whitfield County home since birth on July 14, 1933. After graduating from Georgia Southern University, where he met his future wife, Emma Jean Brock, he earned a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Then he came back home.

Thomas has been a family physician in the Dalton area with Whitfield Medical Professional Association for more than 50 years. His career also includes serving as president of the Hospital Board Staff in Dalton. His political career began in 1972 with election to the Whitfield County school board. He served as chairman of the board from 1974 to 1984.


Jim Jolly

As a native Daltonian and a 1959 graduate of Dalton High School, Jolly has kept his hometown on his mind.

In 1967, Jolly joined carpet manufacturer J&J Industries; he became chairman and CEO 22 years later. He retired from the company in 2006. He served as chairman of the Carpet and Rug Institute’s board of directors from 1993 to 1995.

Jolly has a hand in statewide education policy as a member of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.

Norris Little

Although Little wasn’t born and raised in Dalton, he’s more than made up for the lost time. A former executive with Shaw Industries, Little has had a profound effect on the community through his work with various community groups.

He began his career at Shaw in 1975 and quickly climbed up the corporate ladder, serving in numerous roles at the company including corporate officer and director, vice chairman, president and chief operating officer, senior vice president of operations and vice president of manufacturing, and now vice chairman emeritus.

Since retiring from Shaw several years ago, Little has remained involved in the community.

Pleas Smith

After graduating from Georgia Tech with a civil engineering degree, Smith knew he would return to his hometown of Dalton to start a construction company. Those plans were put on hold because of World War II and time in the U.S. Army.

Smith first worked for his uncle’s construction company and in the spring of 1948, he and Raymond Whittle won a bid to build a fire hall for the city of Dalton on Murray Avenue.

That project signaled the beginning of the business that would become Smith & Green Construction, now Dalton’s oldest general construction company.


Jim and Ken Boring

The Boring brothers are natives of Maryville, Tenn., with the late Jim Boring born in 1922 and Ken Boring two years later. As part of an investment group, the brothers bought Hardwick Bank and Trust from a Chattanooga bank in a bankruptcy sale in 1976. They would later sell Hardwick Holding Co., along with First National Bank of Northwest Georgia (which operated Calhoun First National Bank and Peoples First National Bank in Bartow County), to BB&T in 1999.

The brothers were quite involved in the community. Ken and his wife, Dottie, fund a nursing scholarship at Dalton State College and an engineering scholarship at the University of Tennessee. They also remain “close” to Maryville College in their hometown. Jim was involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation and the board of Reinhardt College.

Tom Jones

The late Tom Jones was born in Dalton in 1916. In 1957, he and J. Rollins Jolly founded J&J Industries. The company is now the largest commercial-only carpet manufacturer in the country. Jones later served on the Dalton Board of Education for 26 years. Each year, the school system gives its top teacher the “Tom Jones Educator of the Year” award. Jones was also a past president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Carpet and Rug Institute and the Dalton Rotary Club.


James Brown

Brown was a co-founder of the local Junior Achievement program in the 1960s. He founded Brown Printing Co. in 1958 to support the emerging carpet industry. The Dalton native was extremely active in community and statewide organizations including the Dalton Recreation Department, the Dalton State College Foundation and the Dalton Board of Education, and was a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Brown passed away in 2004.

Norman Burkett

Although the late Norman Burkett was not born and raised in Dalton, he was nonetheless intensely involved in Whitfield County. During his 42-year career in health care administration, 37 were as administrator of Hamilton Medical Center. He was a member of Dalton Utilities’ governing board and president emeritus of Hamilton Health Care System.

Harry Saul

Considered one of the pioneers in the carpet industry, the late Harry Saul founded what would become Queen Carpets in the 1940s. The company began in the chenille business but grew to one of the largest carpet producers in the world. Dalton-based Shaw Industries bought Queen Carpets in 1998. But business wasn’t Saul’s only interest. He co-founded Boy Scouts of Dalton and was one of the founding members of the local Chamber of Commerce. He was also active with Junior Achievement. Saul passed away in 1994.

Jack Turner

A Dalton native, Turner has been involved in a myriad of activities, from banking to the carpet industry to health care. He is a past chairman of the Dalton State College Foundation, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Carpet and Rug Institute and a trustee of Hamilton Health Care System.


Jack Bandy

Bandy was one of three founders in 1956 of the tufted carpet business Coronet Industries, which was eventually bought by Beaulieu of America. Bandy’s family also donated land where the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center was built. Bandy resides in Dalton.

Alan and Shirley Lorberbaum

In 1957, the late Alan and Shirley Lorberbaum started Aladdin Mills, which would later become Mohawk Industries. The Calhoun-based company is now the world’s largest floorcovering maker. The Lorberbaums contributed much time and energy to Northwest Georgia.

V.D. Parrott Jr.

The late V.D. Parrott served as general manager/president of Dalton Utilities from 1945 until his retirement in 1982, working with local industry to create an environment to help the carpet industry grow. He is credited for helping Dalton become a worldwide manufacturing hub.

Catherine Evans Whitener

Considered the “mother of the carpet industry,” Whitener revived the handicraft tradition of tufting patterns onto bedspreads in the late 1890s, which developed into the floorcovering industry. She passed away in 1964.