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Ketner, Levine and Richardson are inducted into the new ‘Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame’

The McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte proudly announces the 2010 Class of inductees to its Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame:  Food Lion founder Ralph Ketner; Family Dollar Stores founder Leon Levine; and Jerry Richardson, founder of Spartan Foods and Carolina Panthers owner.

The three leaders accepted their awards during the McColl School's Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle Annual Quail Hollow Dinner Oct. 7. The Circle is sponsoring this new Hall of Fame. Honorees represent major business sectors and are recognized for the scope of their impact on the region's economy and their community service and civic engagement.

Six founding Hall of Fame members from a wide variety of industries were also lauded posthumously at the event. 

Inductees are selected by a panel of judges representing the Carolinas. This year's judges were: Former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin; Fritz Hamer, chief curator at the S.C. Museum of History; Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South; Louis Foreman, founder and chief executive of Enventys; Dr. Jordan Lipton, a founder of Signature Healthcare in Charlotte, N.C.; Melissa McGuire, co-founder and director of Sherpa LLC; Joan H. Zimmerman, founder of Southern Shows Inc.; and from the McColl School, Dean Terry Broderick and Chuck Bamford, professor and Dennis Thompson Chair of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Members of the founding class are 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

"For 30 years, the McColl School of Business has been dedicated to serving individuals who strive to become highly competent leaders who understand the importance of character and are committed to shaping their communities," said McColl School Dean Terry Broderick. "The lasting contributions of these founding inductees reflect the impact that those values can have over time."

The new Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle which was formed more than 20 years ago to support entrepreneurial efforts and provide student scholarships at Queens University of Charlotte.  Membership is by invitation, and ELC members are established entrepreneurs in the Carolinas. Queens also offers an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship for all majors as well as a graduate minor in entrepreneurship through the McColl School of Business.

"Every major company in existence was started by an entrepreneur or a small team of entrepreneurs," said Bamford. "Entrepreneurs are the engine that drives a region to success. We are truly honored to host the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame."

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the James Knight School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.

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