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Ron Willard, president of The Willard Companies, was inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame on Nov. 6 during a ceremony at Roanoke Country Club.

“It’s truly an honor to join this prestigious group of men and women. I am incredibly humbled,” said Willard, who is the group’s 40th inductee.

The SML developer owns three golf courses at Smith Mountain Lake, including The Water’s Edge, The Waterfront and The Westlake.

Willard is an active member and serves on a number of regional, state and national organizations, including the Ferrum College Board of Directors, the Business Council/Roanoke Economic Development Partnership and W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational and Conference Center’s board of directors.

He is a past president of the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a lifetime director of the National Association Homebuilders.

Willard, who started his company in 1973 at the age of 28, is a native of the area and graduate of Franklin County High School. He has three children, four grandchildren and lives in The Water’s Edge community with his wife, Kris.

The Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame promotes golf in and around Roanoke; sponsors the annual Hall of Fame tournaments; provides annual scholarships; and honors outstanding high school players and coaches each season.

It also administers a points ranking system, presents certificates of merit and inducts members who have made an outstanding contribution to golf in the valley.

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