Jim Ash of Ash Brokerage Corporation was saluted on May 6 as a 2010 Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

Junior Achievement recognized Mr. Ash during the annual BEL (Business and Education Leadership) Awards ceremony at the Grand Wayne Center Convention Hall in Fort Wayne, Ind. Mr. Ash and Paul Zurcher of Zurcher Tire joined 69 others who have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 1984.

Mr. Ash founded Ash Brokerage in 1971 with three employees. Today, more than 300 employees support 54,000 financial professionals throughout the United States in 19 office locations. Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ash Brokerage provides product resources in life insurance, annuities, long-term care, disability income, advanced markets and underwriting.

Mr. Ash’s community involvement includes the ASH Centre (The Academy of Sports & Health) in which the Ash Family Foundation helped to found. The mission of this non-profit organization is to offer a first class destination for community programs whose focuses are youth outreach, senior support and activities for special needs.

“Our annual BEL awards proudly honor the educators, volunteers and business leaders who support Junior Achievement and our goal of giving students a competitive edge to succeed in the global economy,” said Lena Yarian, President of Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana. “The support of these local heroes, who give time, experience and financial resources to us and our communities is priceless.”