The Alabama Business Hall of Fame


Founded in 1973 by the Board of Visitors of the Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama, the Alabama Business Hall of Fame honors, preserves and perpetuates the names and outstanding accomplishments of business personalities who have brought lasting fame to the State of Alabama, whether it occurred in Alabama or not.


The Alabama Business Hall of Fame Gallery located in Bidgood Hall opened in January 1994.  The Gallery serves as a permanent archive and houses memorabilia related to the lives and careers of those chosen for induction.

The inaugural class of 1974
The inaugural 1974 class of the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors.  This body established the criteria for selecting inductees, determines the eligibility and election process for how these candidates shall be elected to the Hall of Fame.  All candidates must have been deceased or in retirement at least three years, except for those who are 65 years of age and older, and still active in business.  To be eligible for selection, an individual must have made a significant impact on the development of their community and state by promoting the free enterprise system and entrepreneurship.

Nominations for induction into the Hall of Fame are submitted to the selection committee by the 24-member nominating committee.  The nominating committee is representative of every geographic area and major category of business in Alabama.  The Board of Directors serves as the selection committee.

We are extremely proud of this group of distinguished Alabama business personalities to be inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.  Individually and collectively, these individuals have greatly influenced the economic, political and cultural aspects of life in the State of Alabama and the United States.