John Schnatter, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Papa John’s International, last evening was inducted into the Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga Business School's Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
“It is a great honor to have been recognized by the Huizenga Business School and inducted into its prestigious Hall of Fame,” Schnatter says. “It’s humbling to be included with this elite group of entrepreneurs who have had a tremendous impact in South Florida.”
Established in 1990, the Huizenga Entrepreneur Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding business people in the South Florida community. The criteria for induction includes, in part, the individual's success as an entrepreneur, contributions to educational, social, and other philanthropic organizations, and involvement in supporting opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking entry into business.
Also inducted in the Hall of Fame this year were William E. Mahoney, Jr., president of Mahoney & Associates, an international compensation and benefits management firm; and Beverly Raphael, president and chief executive officer of general contracting firm RCC Associates.
Schnatter, who founded Papa John’s out of the back of his dad’s tavern in 1984, was the youngest person ever inducted into Junior Achievement’s U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2007, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 2000 by the National Jaycees Organization, and was the 1998 National Ernst & Young Retail/Consumer Entrepreneur of The Year.