Four Entrepreneurs Named to West Virginia Business Hall of Fame

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Four business leaders who demonstrate what the state’s future can be have been named to the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

Stuart M. Robbins, Kimberly Brown Knopf, Fred T. Tattersall and Douglass R. Van Scoy will be inducted into the Hall on Thursday (Nov. 3) at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony, with a reception immediately following, is open to the public.

“This celebration is a tribute to those who have demonstrated accomplishments in the world of business, have strong ties to the state of West Virginia, and provide models for entrepreneurs and businesspeople of the future,” said Jose Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, which sponsors the event.

“This year’s inductees are especially emblematic of the entrepreneurial spirit in West Virginia, which is so critically vital to our state’s future,” Sartarelli said. “They have worked hard and provided leadership that not only led to their accomplishments, but has also built a positive business benefit to the state.”

The Hall of Fame was established in 2001 by the College of Business and Economics to publicly recognize extraordinary business leaders and to establish a record of their achievement. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame must have established a record of distinction in their field and industry in the categories of national/international businesses, state-based enterprises or entrepreneurial and family businesses. They must also have connections to West Virginia, either by birth, residence, education or business presence. Forty-six individuals have previously been inducted.

Additional sponsors are: United Bank; Chesapeake Energy; Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Kimberly Brown Knopf
Kimberly Brown Knopf is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Innovative Mattress Solutions, a Winfield, W.Va.-based mattress retailer doing business as Mattress Warehouse and Sleep Outfitters. The company has more than 100 stores in four states: West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

A native of Louisville, Ky., and a 1982 graduate of the University of Kentucky, she opened her first store in South Charleston, W.Va., in 1983. As a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman, she has won several awards for professional achievements. She and her husband, Ken, have two daughters and live in Charleston, W.Va.

Knopf is a leader in the Young Presidents Organization and has been an officer in the Putnam County Rotary and on the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She also serves on the Charleston Area Alliance board of directors and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority board of directors.

Knopf is a board of governors member of Withit, a professional organization for women in the home furnishings industry. She supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the YWCA, the Heart Association, Extreme Home Makeover, the Alzheimer’s Association and Community Youth Sports.

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