2004 Hall of Fame

Glenn W. Hall

Glenn W. Hall was born in keystone, WV and moved at an early age to Ceredo. He graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School in 1943 and enlisted in the US Army Air Corp during World War II. While serving in the 85th Fighter wing of the 20th Air force in the South Pacific, he began his college career attending De LaSalle College in Manilla, Philippines.

In 1946, Glenn returned from the service and enrolled at Marshall University, graduating in 1949 with an accounting degree. In 1947, he and his high school girlfriend, Nancy Lee Ferguson, were married. For a short time after college, Glenn worked for the First National Bank of Ceredo and later the Internal Revenue Service as a revenue agent. In 1954, fulfilling one of his professional goals, he became a CPA and joined Somerville and Company. In the 1980’s, he served as managing partner of the firm. The youngest of the original partners. Glenn practiced there 36 years until he retired in 1990.In addition to his accounting career, Glenn was also involved in developing a cable TV system in the Teays Valley area. In 1978, Glenn built an apartment complex in downtown Milton. He owned and operated this facility until it was sold in 2000. After retirement Glenn obtained his Realtor’s license and was associated with Best Realty Company in Ceredo.

Glenn was active in the West Virginia Society of CPAs as a past President. He co-authored and published a book of the 50-year history of the Society. He was honored with the Society’s “Public Service Award “and a life-time membership. Glenn has served several years on the Lewis College of Business Advisory Board at Marshall University. He has served on several community boards, such as the United Way of the River Cities, Cabell Huntington Foundation Board, CIK Community Center Inc., the West Virginia Tax Institute, and the Governor’s Tax Advisory Board.

Glenn and his wife, Nancy, are members of the Marshall University “John Marshall Society.” Glenn is also a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge #110 of Kenova and a Beni Kedem Shriner.

Glenn and Nancy reside in Ceredo and are members of the First Baptist Church of Kenova. They have two married sons, Glenn T. Halland wife Sandra of Bluefield, and William L. Hall and wife Lillie of Huntington. They also have three grandchildren and one great grandchild which bring an abundance of joy to their lives.

 

James C. “Jim” Hamer

James C. “Jim” Hamer was born in Kenova, where he continues to reside with his wife Gladys who is a Marshall University alumnus. Jim and Gladys enjoy three children, Lori, Steve and J.P.II and their bevy of grandchildren.

Jim earned his BS degree in Forestry from SUNY College of Forestry & Environment Science at Syracuse (NY) in 1959. That same year he began his career in the family forest products business in Kenova. His father, H.P. Hamer, was a highly respected wood products manufacturer also.

After his father sold the business in 1973, Jim reestablished the family business under the name of the Jim C. Hamer Co. in 1976. Since that time, the Hamer Co. has grown their Appalachian hardwood lumber business to an annual production rate of 80 million board feet. Its products are sold in the global market. The Jim C. Hamer Co. is known and respected worldwide for its high quality products and service. For many years Jim and his family have been major contributors to Marshall University and other deserving educational institutions and causes in West Virginia. Jim has won dozens of business and environmental awards attesting to the fact that he is a leader in his industry demonstrating economic and environmental progress. Because of his concerns about public opinion of forest management, Jim has been dedicated to public education.

Jim is proud of the fact that the US. has more trees today than at any time in the last century. He is proud of his industry’s commitment to forest sustainability. Jim is also quick to warn that neglected forests are more fire & disease prone, less friendly to wildlife, produce less oxygen and utilize less carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The Jim C. Hamer Co. manages over 600,000 acres employing 15 fulltime professional foresters. Hamer Pellet Fuel was first in recycling wood Waste into densified pellet fuel for residential users all over the Northeast for home heating-this prevents water contamination. Jim reclaimed strip mines, repopulated wildlife areas, led his industry to higher Standards, and provides 450 local jobs. All this demonstrates Jim C. Harmer’s commitment to the economic and environmental welfare of region.

 

Richard A. “Dick” Muth

Richard A. “Dick” Muth was born in Huntington. He is the fourth of 12 children born to Bill and Jane Muth. He was reared in a home that stressed spirituality and practicality. Dick graduated from St. Joseph High School and attended Marshall University.

Dick got his start in the family business at the age 12 as a stick-boy. He put sticks between the stacks of raw lumber. From then on, he learned everything he could about the lumber business. In 1967,

Today, Dick is co-owner and President/Treasurer of Muth Lumber Company, Inc. along with his brother, Tim, who is Vice-President/Secretary. They bought Muth Lumber from their father, W.H. Muth Jr., in 1984. In 1987, they moved from their two-acre site in Kenova to 15acres in Ironton. They specialize in hardwood lumber with sales at the national and international level. Dick and his brother also jointly own two other companies, Muth Lumber Drying and Muth Energy. Dick is a member of various organizations in and around Huntington

Dick became a member of Marshall University’s John Marshall Society in 1993. He is a member of the state Catholic School Board, BB&T Board of Directors, Our Lady of Fatima Educational Foundation, and the St. Joseph High School Advisory Board of Directors.

Dick was an Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in1998, Lawrence County Businessman of the Year in 2001, and received the Bishop’s Cross Award in 1999.

Dick’s interests outside of business are catholic education, both at the local and state levels, cooking, gardening, fishing, and golf. Dick won the Herald-Dispatch (Cook of the Month Award) in June 1999.

In 1968, Dick married Kathryn (Kit) Shires and they have three Children; Matthew, Mark, and Amanda. Matthew is an attorney, in Dayton. Mark graduated from Marshall University in 2003, and works at Muth Lumber Co. Amanda is in her senior year at Marshall University majoring in Criminal Justice. Mark and his wife, Michele, will be making Dick and Kit grandparents in December 2004.

 

Charles R. “Charlie” Neighborgall III

Charles R. “Charlie” Neighborgall III was born in Huntington and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from Marshall University.

Charlie began his career with Neighborgall Construction Company at age of 14 carrying water to the workmen. From then on, Charlie worked summers as a warehouseman, laborer, and all-around gopher.

After graduating from Marshall, Charlie worked in estimating and project management. In 1972, he became senior project manager in charge of the patient room addition at Montgomery General Hospital. Charlie became General Manager in 1980 and was elected President and CEO of Neighborgall Construction in 1983 and continue to hold the position today.

During Charlie tenure, Neighborgall Construction has built many prominent structures in Huntington and on the Marshall University campus. Some of the structures are St. Mary’s Outpatient Center, Marshall University Medical Center, plus Cabell Midland, Spring Valley, and Huntington High Schools. Neighborgall Construction also built the new student housing complex, the Buck Harless Dining Hall, and oversaw renovations to Laidley and Hodges Halls, as well as Old Main Auditorium, Morrow Library, and Holderby Dormitory.

Charlie is a board member of the Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars, Marshall University Master Plan Committee, and Marshall University Artists Series. He is a past Chairman and current board member of contractors, Association of West Virginia (CAWV). Charlie is also a member of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He is the Current president of the Huntington Rotary Club. Charlie and his Wife, Vickie, are both members of the Marshall University Thunderclub.

Charlie has many interests outside the construction industry as well. He is an avid golfer, tennis player, and scuba diver. He is current Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certified.

Charlie and Vickie were married in 1964, and reside in Huntington. They have two children, Charles Ro “C.R.” IV and Beth Ann, and five grandchildren.