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June 4, 2024

R. J. Corman's Founder, Richard J. Corman, was Inducted into the Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame

From left to right: J.R. McFarland, Senior at Harrison County High School and Junior Achievement Participant, and April Colyer, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, Commercial Development Manager and Mr. Corman's daughter.

In a ceremony held on May 23rd at Keeneland Racetrack, the founder of the R. J. Corman Railroad Group, Richard J. Corman, was posthumously inducted into the Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes Kentucky's most respected business leaders for their achievements, community service, and for inspiring the next generation. The ceremony was attended by April Colyer, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, Commercial Development Manager and Mr. Corman's daughter, along with other R. J. Corman board members and company officials, including Ed Quinn, President and CEO of R. J. Corman Railroad Group and friends of Mr. Corman.

Richard J. Corman (1955-2013,) a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky, was a self-made entrepreneur who became a prominent figure in the state's business landscape. Immediately after graduating high school in 1973, Corman began his career with a single backhoe, performing railroad construction jobs. His company expanded through hard work and a reputation for fast, thorough service. He seized opportunities, taking on derailment work and eventually building the R. J. Corman Railroad Group into a leading railroad service and short line conglomerate.

Junior Achievement paid tribute to Rick Corman's profound contributions to the Bluegrass region. His unwavering vision and relentless work not only propelled his own company to new heights but also significantly enhanced the quality of life for many in Kentucky, a testament to his enduring legacy.

Junior Achievement stands as the nation's premier organization, steadfast in its commitment to empowering young people with the essential skills they need for economic success. Their comprehensive programs, spanning work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, equips young minds with the tools to navigate the complexities of work and life in the 21st century.

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