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09/15/2011

West Virginia Entrepreneur to Deliver Sept. 27 M.B.A. Lecture

Quick Facts

 Jim Justice, chairman/owner of The Justice Family Group, LLC, is the keynote speaker for the Sept. 27 M.B.A. Lecture.
 Justice earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees at Marshall University.

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Jim Justice

ROCK HILL, S.C. - West Virgina billionaire Jim Justice, chairman and owner of The Justice Family Group, LLC, will discuss his experience as an entrepreneur and innovator at the Sept. 27 M.B.A. Lecture at 7 p.m. in Carroll Hall's Whitton Auditorium.

Justice, now president and CEO of 47 different companies, got his start working with Bluestone Coals, his father's successful coal business. In 1977, Justice established Bluestone Farms, which grew to more than 50,000 acres in four states and became the largest grain producer on the east coast. Justice also developed Stoney Brook Plantation, a 15,000-acre hunting and fishing preserve in Monroe County, W.Va. During the next 15 years, Justice was involved in the massive expansion of multiple businesses, including coal reserve expansion, Christmas tree farms, cotton gins and many more.

His latest venture was to buy the Greenbrier Resort, take it out of bankruptcy and restore glamour to the West Virginia landmark.

In late 2008/early 2009, Justice negotiated the sale of Bluestone Industries, Inc. and affiliated companies, which comprised all of the family's West Virginia active coal operations. The Justice family's Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia coal operations and the West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina agricultural operations continue today under the parent James C. Justice Companies, Inc.

A native of Beckley, W.Va., Justice earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

The Sept. 27 M.B.A. Lecture is free and open to the public. Contact the M.B.A. office at 803/323-2409 or mbaoffice@winthrop.edu for more information about the event.


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