After years of success on multiple levels of business, President and CEO of The Fiesta Tableware Company Elizabeth McIlvain will be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.
The West Virginia Business Hall of Fame, initiated by the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business, recognizes people with strong ties to the state who have made a significant impact on the business landscape while demonstrating commitment to their community.
“I am truly humbled to be recognized among all the other business leaders of this great state since the inception of this award,” McIlvain said. “West Virginians are hardworking, innovative, resilient, and resourceful! I’m so proud to be from here and to continue my family’s legacy of keeping jobs and manufacturing in West Virginia.”
McIlvain will be inducted on Thursday, Sept. 1 during a ceremony at the Greenbriar Resort in White Sulphur, W. Va. She is part of a four-inductee class, joining Joseph C. Eddy (former president and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing Co.; executive vice president of Justrite Safety Group), Albert Lewis (president of Glass Inc. International) and David Simmons (former chairman and CEO of PPD, Inc.)
McIlvain was born in Newell, W. Va., and became part of the 4th generation of the Wells family to own and operate The Homer Laughlin China Company, now known as The Fiesta Tableware Company. She joined the company not long after graduating from Bethany College held various supervisory roles before taking a break from her professional life to focus on raising her family.
In 2007, McIlvain returned to the company as a Vice President and just a few years later became the first female to lead the company – becoming president and CEO in 2013.
The Fiesta Tableware Company is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary.