JA OK Honors QT's Cadieux

Presents convenience store chain top exec with Business Excellence Award

Kelly Brown (left), Chester Cadieux III, Andrew Beach

TULSA, Okla. -- Junior Achievement (JA) of Oklahoma presented Chester "Chet" Cadieux III, president, chairman and CEO of QuikTrip Corp. with the Business Excellence Award at the 23rd Annual Junior Achievement of Oklahoma Business Excellence Dinner on May 7.

The Business Excellence Award symbolizes the "spirit of achievement" that JA works to instill in Oklahoma students. The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, achieved success in their field and contributed to the quality of life in the community.

Alan Armstrong, CEO of Williams, received the distinguished JA Silver Leadership Award. Don Crall, owner of Coating Specialists, David Wagner of Schnake Turnbo Frank PR and Patrick Piper of Bank of Oklahoma received Bronze service awards for their outstanding service and dedication.

JA honored Dr. Diane Hensley of Tulsa Public Schools with the JA Educator of the Year award. It honored Steve York with the JA Volunteer of the Year award.

Colorado Springs, Colo.-based JA is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide.

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip operates approximately 650 convenience stores in 12 states: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.