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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 

Charlotte Hornets' Executive Team                         9/10
John Ferriola 11/4 CEO, Nucor
Ann Clark 3/31 Superintendent, Charlotte Mecklenberg School System
Jeff Brown 4/13 CEO, Ally

Laura Schulte 9/10 President, Wells Fargo's Eastern Community Bank
Kyle O'Brien 3/13 Executive VP of Sales, Chobani
Christopher Kearney                                           4/9 Chairman, President and CEO, SPX


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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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