Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
The McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, along with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle, proudly established the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in July 2010 to honor the individuals whose legacies still shape today's business and economy throughout the Carolinas and beyond. The McColl School has a dedication to serve those who strive to become highly competent leaders who understand the importance of character and are committed to their communities. The Hall of Fame gives the School and the University the opportunity to thank the entrepreneurs who have made such lasting contributions and laid the groundwork for the major business sectors in our region.
The selection committee for the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame consists of entrepreneurs, business leaders and historians representative of both North Carolina and South Carolina:
- Former N.C. Governor Jim Martin
- Fritz Hamer, curator of published materials, South Carolina Library, USC - Columbia
- Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South
- Joan H. Zimmerman, founder of Southern Shows, Inc.
- Terry Broderick, dean of the McColl School of Business
- Chuck Bamford, professor and Dennis Thompson Chair of Entrepreneurial Leadership at the McColl School of Business
The membership criteria, which was established by the selection committee, includes:
- Laureate can be founder or subsequent entrepreneurial leader
- Induction into Hall of Fame can be during active leadership role, after retirement or posthumously
- Business founded or led by laureate must have minimum 10-year track record and must have positively impacted the community it serves
- Laureate must, personally, have contributed to the greater good of the Carolinas
Members of the founding and first classes (Class of 2010) of Hall of Fame honorees were formally honored in 2010, at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
The founding class honorees includes the late:
- William Henry Belk, 1862-1952, Belk, Inc.
- James Edgar Broyhill, 1892-1988, Broyhill Furniture Industries
- Thomas H. Davis, 1918-1999, Piedmont Airlines
- James B. Duke, 1856-1925, Duke Power Co.
- R.J. Reynolds, 1850-1918, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
- Leroy Springs, 1861-1931, Springs Cotton Mills
The Class of 2010 honorees include:
- Ralph Ketner, Food Lion
- Leon Levine, Family Dollar Stores
- Jerry Richardson, Spartan Foods and the Carolina Panthers
The Class of 2011 honorees include:
- Herman Blumenthal, Radiator Specialty and North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
- Wayland H. Cato, Jr., The Cato Corporation
- Dr. Jim Goodnight, SAS
The Class of 2012 honorees include:
- George Dean Johnson, Jr., Johnson Management
- Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Pace Communications
- Joan & Robert Zimmerman, Southern Shows, Inc.