Four local business leaders are being honored by a Southwest Virginia nonprofit focused on business and mentorship.

Cynda Johnson and James Smith are being inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia’s Business Hall of Fame.

Johnson was the first dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She oversaw the school’s creation and helped design its facilities to dovetail with its forward-thinking curriculum.

Smith is the founder of Smith/Packett, Harmony Senior Services and Wessex Capital Investments. He’s built a more than 50-year career in the development and management of senior housing communities and other facilities.

Also being hailed as the entrepreneurs of the year are Michael Fleming, co-founder of the robotics company TORC, and John Lugar, who started Virginia Varsity Transfer and Virginia Varsity Self Storage.

The honorees will be recognized during Junior Achievement’s annual reception and fundraiser on Nov. 4 in Roanoke.

All proceeds from the event benefit Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia, which since 1957 has served 522,000 students with programs delivered within the schools.

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Alicia Petska covers what's happening in Roanoke County and the City of Salem.

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