TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Four Topeka business leaders were added to the Topeka Business Hall of Fame Thursday night at the Ramada Hotel & Convention Center.
Beth Anne Branden, Rob Briman, Patrick Gideon, and Mike Wilson make up this year's class.
There's a big similarity between all four laureates - hard work.
Mike Wilson said it took time, "Gave it everything that I had. I put in a lot of hours, a lot of effort."
Patrick Gideon said it takes patience, "I think it took the dedication and fortitude to just stick it out."
Beth Anne Branden said the celebration honored her service to the community, "You're honored because you want to pay it forward, you want to serve, and I hope to do that, I strive to do that."
The event put on by Junior Achievement of Kansas gathers people to celebrate exemplary business leadership in Topeka over cocktails and a dinner reception.
Wilson is a founding partner of Architect One, and Pat Gideon leads Silver Lake Bank.
Beth Anne Braden launched her own interior design studios, BA Design, and Rob Briman has long owned Topeka's downtown jewelry store, Briman's Leading Jewelers.
Junior Achievement of Kansas says the group was chosen for demonstrating its three pillars: financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Briman said he was humbled by the nomination, "When I was asked I was blown away."
As was Wilson, "I am stunned to be included with the people that have won this award before me."
All four had a similar message for young people, but Gideon summed it up.
"Keep your head down and keep working. Don't look for the easy way out," he said.
"It's hard and really rewarding, and I think you need to get something and stick to it."