The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham added six business leaders to its Birmingham Business Hall of Fame on August 25, 2022. The 2022 Hall of Fame class includes former Jefferson State Community College President Dr. Judy Merritt and also:
- Dr. Kirkwood R. Balton, Booker T. Washington Insurance Co.
- Thomas E. Jernigan, Marathon Corporation
- Claude B. Nielsen, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED
- David W. Wood II, Wood Fruitticher Grocery Company
- John H. Wood, Wood Fruitticher Grocery Company
The Birmingham Business Hall of Fame Committee annually selects business leaders to induct into the hall of fame who have shown strong leadership and made extraordinary contributions to the Greater Birmingham area.
“The Kiwanis of Birmingham is honored to recognize Birmingham leaders who have helped build a stronger community, economy and workforce,” said Kiwanis President Leigh Davis. “Twenty-five years ago, past Kiwanis President Fox DeFuniak created the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame to thank these leaders, now numbering 135, by celebrating their hard work. We hope it preserves the legacy of their work, helps future generations understand what it has taken to build the Magic City, and inspires them to keep strengthening our community.”
The Birmingham Kiwanis Club established the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame in 1997. Each honoree is recognized on a glass wall inside the Harbert Center in Downtown Birmingham.