Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, the Carolinas’ premier organization providing entrepreneurship education to the state’s youth, has named Allen E. Gant, Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven, Inc., as a laureate to the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

Also named laureates this year are E. Norris Tolson, president and CEO of the N.C. Biotechnology Center; and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr., chairman of the board of Martin Marietta Materials.

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas partners with the North Carolina Chamber each year to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding business and government leaders. Laureates are selected by a panel of business and community leaders for their significant contributions to building and defining the North Carolina business landscape.

“The North Carolina Chamber is proud to join with Junior Achievement to identify outstanding members of the state’s business community whose contributions to North Carolina’s business community will leave a lasting impression on our state,” said Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber. “This year’s Laureates are business heroes for the next generation to look up to and have made outstanding contributions in defining and reshaping the North Carolina business landscape. On behalf of the statewide business community, I would like to thank the 2013 inductees for the example they have set for our young entrepreneurs in a time when focus, dedication and fortitude is required.”

Gant is recognized as a business and community leader in North Carolina, having joined Glen Raven in 1971 and named CEO in 1999. Under his stewardship, Glen Raven has grown into a global provider of innovative fabric-based solutions with approximately 3,000 associates in business centers around the world. Glen Raven is best known for its market-leading Sunbrella® brand of performance fabrics for awning, marine and furniture.