Junior Achievement Honors Community Leaders at 2008 Business Hall of Fame

February 14, 2008 Hartford, CT Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

Kathleen (Kathy) A. Murphy, chief executive officer of ING U.S. Wealth Management, the late Burton A. Hoffman, former chairman of Hoffman Auto Group, and Travelers will be honored at Junior Achievement’s (JA) annual Business Hall of Fame.

The JA Business Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made distinguished contributions to the prosperity of the region through leadership in business and the community, and honors corporations for their commitment to public education. The recipients will be honored at a JA Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on March 26 at the Hartford Club. The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Bill Griffeth, co-host of CNBC’s Power Lunch.

“Ms. Murphy, Mr. Hoffman and Travelers exemplify the best in both business and community leadership,” said Louis J. Golden, president of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. “Their outstanding dedication to people has made Hartford a better place to live and work, and offers a promising future for JA students across Connecticut.”

Kathy Murphy leads the Wealth Management business for ING, a global growth business that includes the Defined Contribution, Rollover/Payout, Fixed and Variable Annuities and ING Advisors Network business units. Ms. Murphy has held several positions with ING’s U.S. operations such as group president, ING Worksite and Institutional Financial Services and general counsel and chief administrative officer for U.S. Financial Services. Named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by FORTUNE magazine, she has served on a variety of regulatory, industry and business commissions and task forces around the country. Ms. Murphy currently serves on the boards of America’s Promise, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the University of Connecticut Foundation, the Smurfit School of Business Advisory Board at the University of Dublin, Ireland and as Chairwoman of the American Heart Association North Central Connecticut Go Red for Women Luncheon. She has previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Children’s Trust Fund, on the Board of Directors of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Program and on the Board of Trustees of Wheeler Clinic.

Burton C. Hoffman will receive the JA Business Hall of Fame award posthumously. Chairman of the Board of Hoffman Auto Group until his death in 1996, Mr. Hoffman was known as the dean of the region’s automotive industry and recognized as a noted philanthropist, humanitarian and business leader. The son of Israel Hoffman, who founded the Hoffman Auto Group in 1921, Burton Hoffman became president of Hoffman Oldsmobile and Hoffman Ford in 1956. He spent the next years expanding the company’s car franchises along Connecticut Boulevard in East Hartford, in West Simsbury and Avon. He was also very active in the Greater Hartford community as a trustee, incorporator and director of many organizations.

Travelers provides more than $5 million each year to the Greater Hartford community – more than $2 million supports education initiatives, and most education funding supports Hartford public school children. Travelers is the largest provider of classroom volunteers for JA in the region. The company participates in four “JA in a Day” events in Hartford during the school year, providing more than 400 employees who, through their classroom instruction, reach 2,000 Hartford students. Besides volunteers, Travelers also provides almost $100,000 for program support to Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. Travelers’ employees also participate in numerous other volunteer initiatives throughout the year, providing thousands of volunteer hours in community service. Accepting the JA Business Hall of Fame award on behalf of Travelers will be Andy F. Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

For more information about the March 26 JA Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, please call 860-525-4510 or visit www.jaconn.net

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Mary Jane Lund, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, 860-525-4510

About Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, a chapter of Junior Achievement Worldwide, represents seven Connecticut counties, excluding Fairfield County. JA of Southwest New England serves more than 31,000 students with the help of more than 1,900 volunteers from business and the community. JA uses hands-on experience to help young people understand the business of life. JA teaches students to be money-smart by preparing them to make responsible choices through programs about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. To learn more about Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, visit www.jaconn.net

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About ING

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to more than 75 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of over 120,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.

In the U.S., the ING family of companies offer a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients which include life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 14 million customers across the nation.

For more information, visit www.ing.com.

About Hoffman Auto Group

Hoffman Auto Group of East Hartford, Avon, and New London, was founded in 1921 by Israel Hoffman with the acquisition of a Ford franchise in New Hartford, CT.  Today, the Hoffman Auto Group employs over 400 dedicated people. In addition to its sales, service, parts and body-shop departments, it is comprised of an Information Technology department, a Customer Loyalty Center, Business Development Center, and an in-house advertising department, and a Human Resources department.  All support 10 franchises and 10 dealerships in three different towns in Connecticut. For more information, visit www.hoffmanauto.com.

About Travelers

Travelers understands that life and business are inherently dynamic and that the best way to serve agents, brokers and policyholders is to deliver insurance that evolves to stay in-synch with life and business as they change. For more information on being in-synch, visit www.travelers.com.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in both the personal and commercial settings, including automobile, homeowners, construction, small business, oil and gas, ocean marine, surety and management liability, global technology and public sector services. Travelers is a Fortune 100 company, with 2007 revenues of $26 billion and total assets of $115 billion. The company has approximately 33,000 employees.