Business Awards and Legacies

Benjamin Desha Best


The Benjamin Desha Best Lifetime Achievement Award in Business

Entrepreneur, Educator & Methodist

Benjamin Best was the very first graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College. After spending several years teaching, he served a number of school districts in the capacities of principal and superintendent.

From 1880 until the time of his death, Mr. Best was engaged in the leaf tobacco business. In 1890, he joined the tobacco firm of Lovell & Buffington of Covington, Kentucky. Then in 1892, he became president of the firm.

At the time of his death it was written of Benjamin Desha Best:

"Engaged extensively in his special business, he was widely known and established a reputation for integrity and uprightness. The men who had business relations believed in him. He furnishes a fine example of the possibility of great success in business by open minded straight forward dealings." (D.W. Robertson, The Central Methodist, 1918)



This award, established in June 2010, recognizes alumni and faculty successes by honoring those who have distinguished themselves over a period of at least twenty years. Alumni recipients will have made a significant impact in business or a business-related career. In addition, alumni must have contributed to the positive reputation of the College.

Faculty member recipients will have a teaching career based on creating a strong learning environment for their students, impacting on the betterment of the department and enhancing Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Finally, all recipients will have met the criteria of an individual who "...established a reputation for integrity and uprightness."

2011 Recipient
Talmage Hocker '27

2010 Recipients
W. Terry Woodward '64
John W. Jones '67
Thomas W. Hohlweck, Jr. '67




Thomas Hohlweck


The Center of Business Studies is dedicated to the memory of Thomas W. Hohlweck, Jr.

Thomas W. Hohlweck, Jr. ('67) was Senior Vice President of AON Risk Services and a business leader who perished in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

We salute his life and treasure his love of
Kentucky Wesleyan College and
The Center for Business Studies


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