HPU to Host Leadership Roundtable

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 24, 2013 – Three well known CEOs will serve as panelists in a roundtable discussion on the important role of leadership in North Carolina, presented by High Point University.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the campus of HPU. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available by contacting 841-9209 or reservations@highpoint.edu.

The program will be featured in the December issue of Business North Carolina magazine and on a future UNC-TV broadcast.

This is the second such roundtable HPU has held. This past spring, the university hosted North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and several highly regarded business leaders, including racing CEO and businessman Richard Childress, as panelists in an entrepreneurship roundtable discussion.

The leadership roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. Participants include:

  • Leadership Roundtalbe Bonnie McElveen-HunterBonnie McElveen-Hunter, CEO & Owner of Pace Communications. McElveen-Hunter is always reaching for the next challenge, whether it’s with Pace Communications, service to country or volunteer leadership. As U.S. ambassador to Finland, Bonnie organized the Helsinki Women Business Leaders’ Summit, in which female CEOs from the United States, the Baltic region and Russia created a business model to be replicated in other parts of the world. She is one of the nation’s most successful woman entrepreneurs, and always finds time to give back. McElveen-Hunter is the chairwoman of the American Red Cross and the recipient of many awards.


  • Kelly KingKelly King, Chairman & CEO of BB&T Corporation. King was ranked No. 3 Best CEO by Institutional Investor magazine in 2011. He is credited with leading BB&T to continued profitability and financial stability through the economic downturn, and his commitment to the company’s mission, vision and values has led to a nationally recognized associate volunteer program, called the Lighthouse Project. BB&T is the 9th largest financial institution in the country with 35,000 employees and $185 billion in assets. He has served as the Fifth District representative on the Federal Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since January. He has also served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Chairman of the North Carolina Bankers Association and Vice-Chairman of the American Bankers Council.


  • Leadership Roundtable Ric EliasRic Elias, CEO & Co-founder of Red Ventures. Under Elias’ leadership, Red Ventures has gone from a basement start-up to a nationally recognized marketing and sales powerhouse for some of the largest brands across North America. Never one to rest, Elias is continuously reinventing his vision for his company as new brand partners, technology and marketing practices emerge. His efforts have been recognized throughout the business community and in 2011 he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas. His inspirational views on both business and family have been featured on CNN, TED Talks and in numerous print and TV outlets. This fall, Elias will be a keynote speaker at the prestigious Inc. 500 Conference in D.C.


  • Dr. Nido QubeinDr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University. Qubein is an internationally sought-after speaker who has led the university to unprecedented growth including tripling undergraduate enrollment and the establishment of three new academic schools on campus. Prior to accepting the role as the seventh president of HPU, he served as chairman of a consulting firm. His business experience led him to help grow a bank in 1986, and today he serves on the board and the executive committee of BB&T. He is also chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 218 stores in 42 states and serves on the board of La-Z-Boy Corporation and Dots, LLC. Dr. Qubein has written a dozen books and recorded scores of audio and video learning programs.

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