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Past Speakers

The BB&T Distinguished Leaders in Action Lecture series enables McColl School students to interact with and learn from a diverse spectrum of recognized business and community leaders. These speakers integrate business knowledge and leadership skills, focusing on competence, character and commitment to community.

Leaders in Action Past Speakers

2013-2014
Laura Schulte 9/10 President, Wells Fargo's Eastern Community Bank / Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year
Kyle O'Brien 3/13 Executive VP of Sales, Chobani Greek Yogurt
Christopher Kearney 4/9 Chairman, President and CEO, SPX

 

2012-2013
Fred Whitfield 9/11 President and COO, Charlotte Bobcats
Michael McGuire 11/28 National Managing Partner of Indsutry and Market Development, Grant Thornton LLP
John Silvia 2/11 Managing Director and Chief Economist, Wells Fargo
Ann Caulkins 3/20 President, The Charlotte Observer

 

2011-2012
Tom Skains 9/11 Chairman, President and CEO: Piedmont Natural Gas
Ric Elias 10/11 CEO and Co-Founder: Red Ventures
M.C. Andrews 11/11 Former Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Office of Global Communications
Shannon McFayden 2/12 Leadership Consultant and Civic Leader
C. Howard Nye 3/12 President and CEO: Martin Marietta Materials
Peter Gorman 4/12 SVP of Education Services: News Corporation and former Superintendent: Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools
2011-2012
Tom Skains 9/11 Chairman, President and CEO: Piedmont Natural Gas
Ric Elias 10/11 CEO and Co-Founder: Red Ventures
M.C. Andrews 11/11 Former Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Office of Global Communications
Shannon McFayden 2/12 Leadership Consultant and Civic Leader
C. Howard Nye 3/12 President and CEO: Martin Marietta Materials
Peter Gorman 4/12 SVP of Education Services: News Corporation and former Superintendent: Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools

 

2010-2011
Harry Jones 9/10 County Manager: Mecklenburg County
Allan McArtor 10/10 Chairman & CEO: Airbus Americas
Ralph Ketner 11/10 Former Chairman & Co-Founder: Food Lion
Catherine Bessant 1/11 Global Technology and Operations: Bank of America
Michael Morris 2/11 Chairman & CEO: American Electric Power
Frank Leistner 3/11  Chief Knowledge Officer: SAS Institute

 

2009-2010
John Allison 9/09 Chairman of the Board: BB&T
Kevin Henry 10/09 Senior Vice President of Human Resources: Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.
Doug Parker 12/09 CEO: USAirways, Corp.
Gary Lancaster 2/10 Director, Bank of America Account for IBM
David Singer 3/10 CEO: Lance, Inc. 
Jane McIntyre 4/10  Executive Director: United Way of the Central Carolinas

 

2008-2009
Herb Henkel  9/9/08 Chairman, President & CEO: Ingersoll-Rand
Dr. Jack Caravelli 10/07/08 Former Senior Advisor to the Dept. of Energy's Office of Plans and Policy
Ronee Hagen 11/19/08 CEO: Polymer Group, Inc.
Jim Morgan 1/12/09 President & CEO Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,  Inc.
Ellen Ruff 2/04/09 President, Office of Nuclear Dev.: Duke Energy
Chuck Raymond 3/25/09  Chairman, President & CEO: Horizon Lines
Dr. Patrick Graham 4/06/09 President & CEO: Urban Leagues of the Central Carolinas

 

2007-2008
Rodrigo Jordan  9/6/07 President, Vertical S.A. / Chairman: Chilean National Foundation for the Alleviation of Poverty
Robert Niblock 10/02/07 Chairman & CEO: Lowe's Companies
Ken Lewis & Dennis Thompson 11/7/07 Chairman, President and CEO: Bank of America (Lewis) / Restaurateur & Entrepreneur (Thompson)
Dee Dixon & Joan Zimmerman 2/06/08 Founder & CEO: Pride Magazine & Pride Communications (Dixon) / Founder & CEO: Southern Shows, Inc. (Zimmerman)
Reggie Davis 3/04/08  Eastern Banking Group Executive, Wachovia Corporation

 

2006-2007  
Kenny Moore 09/20/06 Director of Human Resources: KeySpan Corporation
Sue Myrick 10/16/06 NC Congresswoman
Robert Foglesong 12/06/06 President: Mississippi State University
Ernest Schaub 3/07/07 President & CFO: EnPro Industries, Inc.
Lee Keesler 4/12/07 President & CEO: Arts and Science Council

 

2005-2006  
John Allison 9/22/05 Chairman & CEO: BB&T
Linda Hudson 10/12/05 President: General Dynamics
Tim Belk 11/29/05 Chairman & CEO: Belk, Inc.
Ruth Shaw 1/25/06 President & CEO: Duke Power Company
Gary Green 2/09/06 President & CEO: Compass Group NA Division
George Battle, Bishop 3/08/06 AME Zion Church
Lionel Nowell 4/04/06 Senior VP & Treasurer

 

2004-2005  
Herb Baum 9/16/04 President & CEO: Dial Corporation
Jerry Richardson 10/14/04 Founder & Owner: Carolina Pathers
Marshall Larsen 11/11/04 Chairman, President & CEO: Goodrich Corporation
Kathryn Sullivan 2/02/05 President & CEO: COSI Columbus
Howard Levine 3/08/05 Chairman, President & CEO: Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Dona Young 4/19/05 Chairman, President & CEO: The Phoenix Companies, Inc.

 

2003-2004  
Ken Thompson 9/25/03 Chairman, President & CEO: Wachovia Corporation
Bernard Kasriel 10/14/03 Vice Chairman & CEO: Lafarge Corporation
Dr. Thomas W. Currie 11/11/03 Dean: Union Theological Seminary
Pat Mitchell 12/09/03 President & CEO: PBS
John Blystone 4/01/04 Chairman, President & CEO: SPX Corporation
Clayton Daley 5/13/04 CFP: Proctor & Gamble

 

2002-2003  
Bill Boyd 9/26/02 CEO: Muzak, LLC
Bob Tillman 10/24/02 Chairman & CEO: Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Dan DiMicco 11/21/02 CEO: Nucor Corporation
Dick Spangler, Jr. 1/30/03 President Emeritus: UNC / Chairman: C.D. Spangler Construction Company
LeRoy Mayne 2/20/03 Director: Boy Scouts of America
Jean Davis 3/20/03 Senior EVP I.T., E-Commerce & Operations: Wachovia Corporation
Rick Goings 4/10/03 CEO: Tupperware Corporation
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