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   Since being started in 1988, the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame has inducted 68 men and women into the hall. These individuals represent the outstanding North Carolina business and government leaders for the past 150 years. The chronological list of induction is listed below, while the dropdown menu at upper right provides an alphabetic listing of laureates.

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   Beginning this year, we will begin adding business histories of laureate firms and other significant business enterprises in the history of North Carolina.


William Henry Belk, Sr., Founder, Belk Brothers Company
John Motley Morehead III, Founder, Union Carbide Corporation
Richard Joshua Reynolds, Founder, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Joseph McKinley Bryan, Founder, Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Co.
James Buchanan Duke, Founder, Southern Tobacco Co. 
   (now Duke Energy)
Thomas Henry Davis, Founder, Piedmont Aviation, Inc.

Charles Clifford Cameron, Chairman, First Union Corporation
Robert M. Hanes, President, Wachovia Bank & Trust Co.
J. Spencer Love, Founder, Burlington Industries
Dr. Asa T. Spaulding, President, NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.

J. E. Broyhill, Founder, Broyhill Furniture Industries
Luther H. Hodges, Vice President, Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. &
   NC Governor & US Commerce Secretary
Ralph W. Ketner, Co-Founder, Food Lion, Inc.
Thomas I. Storrs, Chairman, NCNB Corporation
Louis V. Sutton, President, Carolina Power & Light

Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles, Chairman, Bowles Hollowell Conner & 
   Co. & member, North Carolina House and Senate
Archie K. Davis, Chairman, Wachovia Bank of North Carolina
Howard N. Holderness, Chairman, Jefferson-Pilot Corporation
Frank H. Kenan, Founder, Kenan Oil Company & Chairman, Kenan 
   Transport Company

C. Grier Beam, Founder, Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation
Charles A. Cannon, Chairman, Cannon Mills Company (now 
   Fieldcrest Cannon)
William B. McGuire, President, Duke Power Co. (now Duke Energy)
Philip Lance Van Every, Chairman, Lance Inc.

Dr. William C. Friday, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina 
   & Executive Director, William R. Kenan Charitable Trust
George Watts Hill, Sr., Chairman, Central Carolina B & T Co.
Edwin A. Morris, Sr., President, Blue Bell, Inc.
John F. Watlington, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Wachovia Corp.

Rush S. Dickson, Chairman, R.S. Dickson & Co.
Charles F. Myers, Jr., Chairman & CEO Burlington Industries, Inc.
Addison H. Reese, Chairman & CEO, North Carolina National Bank
Charles E. Zeigler, Sr., Chairman & CEO, Public Service Company of
   North Carolina 

Shearon Harris, Chairman & CEO, Carolina Power and Light Co.
Juanita Morris Kreps, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
John Grimes Medlin, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Wachovia Corp.
J.W. (Willie) York, Realtor, President, York Properties

William States Lee, Chairman & CEO, Duke Power Co.
James T. Broyhill, U.S. Representatives; U.S. Senator & 
   N.C. Secretary  of  Commerce
Hector MacLean, President & CEO, Bank of Lumberton 
   (now Southern National Corporation) & N.C. Representative
D. Jones "Doc" Thurston, Jr., Founder & CEO, Thurston Motors and Thurston Aviation, Inc. 

Leonard Herring, CEO, Lowe's Home Center
F. Kenneth Iverson, Chairman, Nucor Corporation
L. Vincent Lowe, Jr., Chairman & CEO, BB&T
W. Roger Soles, Chairman & CEO, Jefferson Pilot

Thomas M. Belk, President, Belk Stores, Inc.
Felton J. Capel, CEO, Century Associates of North Carolina
Thomas J. Hackney, Jr., President & CEO, Hackney Brothers
Sherwood H. Smith, Jr., Chairman, CP&L (now Progress Energy)

Herman Blumenthal, Chairman, Radiator Specialty Company
John A. Forlines, Jr., Chairman, Bank of Granite
Helen Powers, NCNB Vice President & Secretary of the NC Dept. of
Claude S. Ramsey, Jr., Chairman & CEO, American Enka Corp.
C. D. Spangler, Jr., Chairman, Spangler Construction Company &
   Chairman of the State Board of Education & President of the University  
   of North Carolina System

James H. Millis, Sr., Chairman, Millis Foundation & CEO & Chairman, 
   Adams-Millis Corp.
R. Stuart Dickson, Chairman of Executive Comm., Ruddick Corporation
John M. Belk, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Belk, Inc.
The Honorable Harlan E. Boyles, State Treasurer

Edward E. Crutchfield, Jr., Chairman & CEO, First Union Corp.
C. Felix Harvey III, Chairman, Harvey Enterprises
W. Duke Kimbrell, Chairman & CEO, Parkdale Mills
Dalton L. McMichael, Chairman, Mayo Yarns

Peggy Kirk Bell, owner, Pine Needles & Mid-Pines Resorts
Alan T. Dickson, chairman, Ruddick Corporation
James J. Harris, President, James J. Harris & Co.
Hugh M. Morton, President, Grandfather Mountain, & Chairman, 
   Cape Hatteras & Battleship North Carolina Commissions

Annabelle L. Fetterman, chairman & CEO, Lundy Packing Company
Lewis R. Holding, chairman, First Citizens Corporation
Leon Levine
, chairman & CEO, Family Dollar
Ed O'Herron, Jr., chairman, Eckerd Corporation

Wayland H. Cato, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Cato Corp.
Paul H. Broyhill, Chairman, Broyhill Investments & former Chair/CEO, Broyhilll Industries
Ron E. Doggett, Doggett & Associates & former Chair & CEO, Goodmark Foods
Albert F. "Pete" Sloan, Chairman & President, Lance, Inc.

William A. V. Cecil, owner, Biltmore Estates
Hugh L. McColl, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Bank of America
W. David Stedman, President, Stedman Corporation
Joan Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Shows, Inc. 

Bert Collins
, Chairman, NC Mutual Life Ins.
J. W. "Bill" Disher,
Chairman, Lance
Paul Rizzo, Vice Chairman, IBM, & Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill
O. Bruton Smith, CEO, Sonic Automotive Inc. & Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

   2006 Hall of Fame Laureates
Bert Collins
Chairman, NC Mutual Life Ins.
J. W. "Bill" Disher
Chairman, Lance
Paul Rizzo
   Vice Chairman, IBM, &
   Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business
   School, UNC Chapel Hill
O. Bruton Smith
   CEO, Sonic Automotive Inc. &
   Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

   2005 Laureates

  2005 Laureates (clockwise from top left):
  Joan Zimmerman, Hugh McColl,
  William A. V. Cecil & W. David Stedman.

  2003 Laureates (clockwise from top left):
  Leon Levine, 
  Lewis Holding, 
  Ed O'Herron Jr. and
  Annabelle Fetterman

  2004 Laureates (from left to right):
  Ron Doggett, Wayland Cato Jr., 
  Paul Broyhill and Albert "Pete" Sloan

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