MOLINE, ILLINOIS (July 1, 2022) — Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA®, announced this week that Dougal Nelson, President and CEO, has been nominated for the 2022 Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award. Junior Achievement of the Heartland, a member of the global JA network, has been serving young people in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas for 66 years, equipping them with the skillset and mindset to create sustainable businesses, find meaningful employment, and build thriving communities.

The Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award is named in honor of Karl Flemke, JA’s National President and CEO from 1982-1994. Flemke took great pride in the accomplishments of Junior Achievement’s young professionals. His vision was instrumental in expanding Junior Achievement’s programs into the elementary schools.

This award recognizes significant achievements and contributions of a first-time Junior Achievement USA Area President with not less than two and not more than six years of service in their current position. The Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award was developed and is presented by the JA Pioneers (JASAN).

“Dougal has provided great leadership and built a culture of trust within the organization. This nomination is a testament of Dougal’s ability to proactively embrace areas of opportunity and growth within the communities we serve, and exemplifies his passion for helping young people succeed. He is a selfless leader with amazing vision for our future.” Nick Kremer, Junior Achievement of the Heartland Governing Board Chair.

Nelson is one of five finalists in the nation. The nominees include:

Lori McCleese — Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio Inc (Akron/Canton)

Ryan Osborn — Junior Achievement of Central Iowa Inc (Des Moines)

Dougal Nelson — Junior Achievement of the Heartland Inc (Heartland/Moline, IL)

Leigh Mansberg — Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc (Memphis, TN)

Janie Cook — Junior Achievement of South Texas Inc (San Antonio, TX)

An awards committee will convene to determine the recipient of this year's Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award.  The recipient will be announced and recognized in Fort Worth, Texas at the National Leadership Conference during Thursday's Awards Dinner (July 14, 2022).

About Junior Achievement of the Heartland

Junior Achievement is 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.

Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois, and Grant County in Wisconsin. Visit for more information.

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