Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Reinhold D. Schmieding, president and founder of Arthrex, Inc., and Brian K. Stock, CEO of Stock Development, into the 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, at a dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Mutual of Omaha and Mutual of Omaha Bank are this year’s event title sponsors.

The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Schmieding and Stock will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1988. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, www.JASWFL.org.

As president and founPHOTO 1 - Reinhold Schmiedingder of Arthrex, Inc., Reinhold Schmieding has more than 30 years of experience in the surgical device industry. Schmieding graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in physiology in 1977 and began his career in Germany as the European Manager for Richards Medical. Arthrex, Inc. was founded by Schmieding in 1981 and the Arthrex corporate headquarters were established in Naples, Florida in 1991. Since the company’s founding, Schmieding has guided the business in becoming a worldwide leader in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and orthopaedic surgical implant and device design and manufacturing. Arthrex has experienced unprecedented growth and the company’s reputation for innovative products, quality craftsmanship and exceptional medical education is renowned throughout the world.

Today, Arthrex employs more than 3,000 personnel throughout 13 countries and exports its products to more than 100 countries around the world. Schmieding has led in the development of over 8,500 surgical products and techniques to advance minimally invasive orthopaedics and has been instrumental in the issuance of more than 350 patents and patents pending. Arthrex’s medical education facility hosts numerous surgical training programs for surgeons and healthcare professionals around the world and invests more than $1 million annually to go toward internal education programs. The company created more than 500 jobs in 2014 and was named one of the 2015 FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” in the country.

Arthrex has remained one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the United States for the past 10 years and has received recognition through a variety of awards to honor its efforts in the Southwest Florida region, including the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Community Foundation of Collier County and the 2014 Florida’s Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award. Arthrex continually works within the community to prepare future generations for the workforce, providing opportunities for students to participate in tours, job shadowing, internships and co-op programs. The company serves on a regional task force to promote foundational skills for success in the workplace and also supports STEM-related initiatives in Collier County Public Schools that provide students with opportunities to learn and grow.

Schmieding exemplifies Arthrex’s core community value of Making People Better through his leadership in the pioneering of new, less invasive surgical products and techniques; providing high-tech, high-wage, non-seasonal job creation; investing in education programs for healthcare professionals and employees; and leading Arthrex’s dedication with its employees to helping those in need in our community through charitable giving and service.

PHOTO 2 - Brian StockAs CEO of Stock Development, Brian Stock has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, construction, sales and marketing. Stock graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in business administration. Throughout his early life, he worked hard to learn every aspect of the Stock family lumber businesses, something that proved invaluable in growing Stock Development. Most importantly, he developed his core business values by watching the way his father, K.C., managed these businesses. Brian recognized the importance of surrounding himself with the right people and collaborating with them to make the best decisions for the company. Furthermore, he believes that a successful business is not simply about making profits, but giving back to the communities in which it operates.

Recognizing the potential for development in Southwest Florida, Brian moved to Naples where he and K.C. founded Stock Development. From the beginning, Brian was involved in every aspect of the company. With K.C.’s support, Brian soon began to re-imagine the possibilities of Master Planned Communities and began assembling a forward-thinking development team to create exciting new highly-amenitized communities with a wide array of exciting new architectural designs. The results have been astounding.

Today, Stock Development has become a leader in the building industry through the development of more than 3,500 homes in Southwest Florida. Throughout nearly 15 years of service to Southwest Florida, Stock Development has received more than 450 awards to acknowledge its high-quality service to the region including 14 Community of the Year Awards in Collier and Lee Counties. Stock Development been honored by the Collier Building Industry as the 2009 and 2013 Builder of the Year and was also named the 2014 Builder of the Year for Lee County. The company is currently building within 13 communities throughout Southwest Florida.

Stock frequently highlights the importance of giving back to the community and encourages his employees to remain active within the community through local charities and associations. Over the past 15 years, Stock Development has worked with a variety of organizations, including The Boys & Girls Club of Lee & Collier County, PACE Center for Girls of Collier County, Champion’s for Learning, Naples Community Hospital, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Hurricane Charlie Relief Efforts, WGCU Public Broadcasting, Naples Botanical Gardens, Builders Care and Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to its support of local charities, Stock Development has also chosen to contribute to those within the community’s educational system. In 2015, Hodges University renamed its Science and Technology Building on its Naples campus as the Stock Building in honor of Stock Development’s generous support to the institution. This building provides classrooms and labs for the School of Allied Health and the Fisher School of Technology, along with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, the John W. White Community Room and numerous offices for faculty and staff.

About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.