Frank E. "Pepper" Laughon Jr. '59
The Junior Achievement of Central Virginia announces that R-MC alumnus Frank
E. “Pepper” Laughon Jr. ’59 has been named a Greater Richmond Business
Hall of Fame Laureate. Laughon will be formally inducted on May 15, 2014 at a ceremony
at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.
Laureates inducted into The Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame are among the
most esteemed leaders of the Greater Richmond area. Laureates have experienced a
lifetime of business success and have established a legacy of leadership within
their industries and the community. Through their actions and accomplishments, they
serve as role models for young people.
“I join the R-MC family in commending Pepper on this well-deserved honor,” says
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren. “Pepper is known for his strong
leadership and his generous spirit; at R-MC we know that firsthand, and it’s wonderful
to see that he is being recognized by the greater community as well. We extend our
heartiest congratulations to Pepper.”
"This is a big honor and something I never expected to receive," says Laughon. "This
is a very humbling experience that was driven by the folks and friends that helped
me throughout my career."
Laughon is the former president and CEO of Richmond Cold Storage, a company that
operates refrigerated and dry storage warehouses along the Mid-Atlantic States.
He is also founder and president of Flare Corporation, an international consulting
firm for refrigerated warehousing and distribution.
Laughon is very active at R-MC and serves on the Board of Trustees, and its Executive,
Student Affairs, and Athletics Committees. He also chairs the college’s Greek Alumni
Advisory Board. In 2003, Laughon and his wife, Stuart, established The Pepper and
Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award, which is given annually to a student
organization or individual making significant contributions to enrich the lives
of others. In 2007, Laughon received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his service
to the college, and in 2009 he was presented R-MC’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award,
which recognizes highly successful alumni who transform a vision into a viable and
sustainable business enterprise.
In 2011 Pepper and Stuart Laughons’ generosity was instrumental in making
Andrews Hall a reality. They insisted on naming the residence hall not for
themselves, but for Ira Andrews III ’59, in what President Lindgren described as
“one of the most noble, warm-hearted and extraordinarily gracious acts of generosity
I have ever witnessed.” Andrews, R-MC’s dean of students for 35 years, was a classmate
of Pepper’s and a lifelong friend of the Laughons, and he passed away less than
a year after the dedication of Andrews Hall.