2019 Power 100

 In February 2019

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Power 100

Power is a fleeting thing. Just ask anyone who has worked for General Electric Co., the cream of the international corporate crop for decades. Now, the struggling organization is valued 30% less than industrial rival Honeywell Corp., which will soon make Charlotte its home base. Likewise, the churn of power is evident in our second annual listing of the state’s most influential leaders.

A year ago, Cary technology executive Tim Sweeney was little known outside the video-game industry. Now, his company’s Fortnite game is an international phenomenon that could morph into a major social-media network. Epic Games, which had revenue topping $3 billion according to press reports, raised another $1.25 billion in capital in October.

Sweeney was an easy addition to the Power 100, compiled after securing ideas from dozens of N.C. businesspeople and our staff’s multiyear experience of tracking the state’s economy. We didn’t include those who spend little time here or political leaders. Other newcomers include Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison and Duke University President Vincent Price.

A majority of the Power 100 are holdovers from last year. Influential people are rarely in a hurry to hand over their reins. But there is an inevitable changing of the guard, particularly as North Carolina’s technology industry blossoms with promising companies led by Michael Chasen, Abhishek Mehta, Todd Olson and others. Leaders of traditional industries that built North Carolina in the 20th century exert a fraction of their previous influence.

It’s a subjective list, and we know that some deserving folks aren’t on it. In addition to corporate power, we looked for those making an impact on the broader community, including behind-the-scenes operators. No doubt some of the missing are glad to remain under the radar, while others would love to be cited. Just tell us who they are — we are all ears. If we are doing our job, that’s never going to change.

2019 Power 100

JENNIFER APPLEBY

Market maker
55, President and Chief Creative Officer, Wray Ward
Charlotte
Carl Armato

CARL ARMATO

Novant savant
54, CEO, Novant Health
Winston-Salem
Leah Ashburn

LEAH ASHBURN

Crafty player
48, President and CEO, Highland Brewing
Asheville
Rob Barnhill III

ROB BARNHILL III

Family tradition
47, CEO, Barnhill Contracting
Rocky Mount
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STEVE BERLIN

Holding onto his marbles
59, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Winston-Salem
Cathy Bessant

CATHY BESSANT

Tech ambassador
58, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America
Charlotte
Edward Brown III

EDWARD BROWN III

Wheeler dealer
69, CEO, Hendrick Automotive Group
Charlotte
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JEFFREY BROWN

Online by design
45, CEO, Ally Financial
Charlotte
Harold Brubaker

HAROLD BRUBAKER

Power politico
72, Founder, Brubaker & Associates
Raleigh
Roy Carroll

ROY CARROLL II

Publix shopper
56, President, CEO, The Carroll Cos.
Greensboro
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WILLIAM “BILL” A.V. CECIL JR.

Mansion master
60, President, CEO, The Biltmore Co.
Asheville
Jack Cecil

JACK CECIL

Mountain climber
62, President, Biltmore Farms
Asheville
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MICHAEL CHASEN

Drone zone
46, CEO, PrecisionHawk
Raleigh
Adriene Cole

ADRIENNE COLE

Craven success
47, President and CEO, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Raleigh
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JOE COLOPY

Startup sponsor
48, Founder, Colopy Ventures
D
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DAVID CONGDON

Trucks trader
62, Executive Chairman, Old Dominion Freight Line
Thomasville
Patrick Conway

PATRICK CONWAY

Cross Bearer
40, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Durham
Kit Kramer

KIT CRAMER

Mountain maven
58, President and CEO, Asheville Chamber of Commerce
Asheville
Paul Cozza

PAUL COZZA

Ship shape
57, Executive Director, North Carolina State Ports Authority
Wilmington
Susan DeVore

SUSAN DEVORE

Health care honcho
60, President and CEO, Premier
Charlotte
Darryl Dewberry

DARRYL DEWBERRY

Tower titan
57, CEO, Spectrum Cos.
Charlotte
Frank Dowd IV

FRANK DOWD IV

Pipe dreamer
63, Chairman, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
Charlotte
Roddey Dowd Jr.

RODDEY DOWD JR.

Bonus backer
63, CEO, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
Charlotte
Philip DuBois

PHILIP DUBOIS

49ers’ gold miner
68, Chancellor, UNC Charlotte
Charlotte
Ediie Edwards

EDDIE EDWARDS

Connector-in-chief
69, President and CEO, CommScope
Hickory
Ric Elias

RIC ELIAS

Red hot
51, CEO, Red Ventures
Indian Land, S.C.
Marvin Ellison

MARVIN ELLISON

Fixer-upper
53, CEO and President, Lowe’s
Mooresville
Frank Emory

FRANK EMORY JR.

Industry hunter
61, Chief Legal Officer, Novant Health
Charlotte
Fred Eshelman

FRED ESHELMAN

Connector-in-chief
70, Founder, Eshelman Ventures
Wilmington
Don Flow

DON FLOW

Winston warrior
62, CEO, Flow Automotive
Winston-Salem
2019 Power 100

JULIE ANN FREISCHLAG

Making her point
64, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem
Ed Fritsch

ED FRITSCH

Taking the high road
60, CEO, Highwoods Properties
Raleigh
Michimasa Fujino

MICHIMASA FUJINO

Jet setter
58, President, CEO, Honda Aircraft
Greensboro
Dab Gerlach

DAN GERLACH

Smoking steward
51, President, Golden Leaf Foundation
Rocky Mount
Lynn Good

LYNN GOOD

Good works
59, President and CEO, Duke Energy
Charlotte
2019 Power 100

JAMES “JIMMY” GOODMON JR.

Capitol captain
42, President and Chief Operating Officer, Capitol Broadcasting
Raleigh
Jim Goodnight

JIM GOODNIGHT

Data dynasty
76, CEO, SAS Institute
Cary
Maurice Mo Green

MAURICE “MO” GREEN

Spreading some green
51, Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Winston-Salem
Peter Hans

PETER HANS

Handy man
48, President, N.C. Community College System
Raleigh
Jim Hansen

JIM HANSEN

Chamber champ
40, Regional President, Eastern Carolinas market,
PNC Financial Services
Raleigh
John "Johno" Harris III

JOHN “JOHNO” HARRIS III

Here’s Johno
40, President and Chief Operating Officer, Lincoln Harris
Charlotte
Frank Harrison

FRANK HARRISON III

The real thing
63, CEO, Coca-Cola Consolidated
Charlotte
Nathan Hatch

NATHAN HATCH

Wake-up call
72, President, Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem
Greg Hatem

GREG HATEM

Empire builder
58, Executive Officer, Empire Properties
Raleigh
Wayne Holden

WAYNE HOLDEN

Good works guy
62, President, CEO, RTI International
Research Triangle Park
frank-holding

FRANK HOLDING JR.

Holding pattern
57, Chairman and CEO, First Citizens Bancshares
Raleigh
Vivian Howard

VIVIAN HOWARD

Kinston kingpin
40, Restaurant owner, cookbook author and TV personality
Kinston
Dale Jenkins

DALE JENKINS

Bridge gapper
62, CEO, Medical Mutual Holdings
Raleigh
Michael Jordan

MICHAEL JORDAN

Hoops honcho
55, Majority owner, Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte
John Kane

JOHN KANE

Raising Raleigh
65, Founder and CEO, Kane Realty
Raleigh
Greg Keith

GREG KEITH

Shooting star
63, President and CEO, The Keith Corp.
Charlotte
Stan Kelly

STAN KELLY

Core player
61, CEO, Piedmont Triad Partnership
Greensboro
David King

DAVID KING

Test taker
62, CEO, Labcorp
Burlington
Kelly King

KELLY KING

Leadership leader
70, CEO, BB&T
Winston-Salem
Clark Kinlin

CLARK KINLIN

Good optics
59, Executive Vice President, Corning
Charlotte
Fred Klein

FRED KLEIN

Queen City kingpin
72, Senior Managing Partner, Childress Klein
Charlotte
Doug Lebda

DOUG LEBDA

Web wizard
48, Chairman and CEO, LendingTree
Charlotte
Tom Looney

TOM LOONEY

School boss
66, Retired technology executive
Cary
Mary Mack

MARY MACK

Hot seat
56, Senior Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo
Charlotte
James "Chip" Mahan III

JAMES “CHIP” MAHAN III

Holding pattern
67, CEO and Chairman, Live Oak Banchares
Wilmington
Todd Mansfield

TODD MANSFIELD

Fertile crescent
60, CEO, Crescent Communities
Charlotte
MIchael Marsicano

MICHAEL MARSICANO

Strong foundation
62, President and CEO, Foundation for the Carolinas
Charlotte
John McConnell

JOHN MCCONNELL

Hot seat
69, President and CEO, McConnell Golf
Raleigh
Mike McGuire

MIKE MCGUIRE

Mike’s magic
59, CEO, Grant Thornton International
Charlotte
Adhishek Mehta

ABHISHEK MEHTA

Data denizen
41, CEO, Tresata
Charlotte
richard-moore

RICHARD MOORE

Century marker
58, CEO, First Bancorp
Southern Pines
David Morken

DAVID MORKEN

Band leader
49, CEO, Bandwidth
Raleigh
Pierre Naude

PIERRE NAUDÉ

Coastal climber
60, CEO, nCino
Wilmington
Tom Nelson

TOM NELSON

Walled in
56, Chairman and CEO, National Gypsum
Charlotte
Ward Nye

WARD NYE

Rock star
56, CEO, Martin Marietta Materials
Raleigh
Todd Olson

TODD OLSON

Software savant
43, CEO, Pendo
Raleigh
Tom Pashley

TOM PASHLEY

Pining for success
49, President, Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst
Ron Paulus

RON PAULUS

Going public
56, CEO, Mission Health
Asheville
2019 Power 100

ART POPE

“Art” of the deal
62, Chairman and CEO, Variety Wholesalers
Henderson
Michael Praeger, CEO of AvidXchange.

MICHAEL PRAEGER

Making his payment
53, CEO, AvidXchange
Charlotte
Vincent Price

VINCENT E. PRICE

Blue devil boss
61, President, Duke University
Durham
Nido Qubein

NIDO QUBEIN

Can-do king
70, President, High Point University
High Point
Julian "Bubba" Rawl

JULIAN RAWL

Cary captain
66, co-Owner, Preston Development
Cary
Ernie Reigel

ERNIE REIGEL

Chamber chooser
61, Partner, Moore & Van Allen
Charlotte
Pat Riley

PAT RILEY

Real-estate royalty
67, CEO, Allen Tate
Charlotte
Gerald Roach

GERALD ROACH

Wake runner
60, Managing Partner, Smith Anderson
Raleigh
Pat Rodgers

PAT RODGERS

Not standing pat
71, CEO, Rodgers Builders
Charlotte
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BILL ROPER

Filling the void
70, Interim President, UNC System
Chapel Hill
2019 Power 100

SEPIDEH SAIDI

Project manager
56, CEO and President, Sepi Engineering and Construction
Raleigh
Jude Samulski

JUDE SAMULSKI

Genetic condition
65, Director, Gene Therapy Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
Steve Showfety

STEVE SHOWFETY

High flyer
71, President, Koury Corp.
Greensboro
Jim Shuford

JIM SHUFORD

Tape titan
52, CEO, STM Industries
Hickory
Stephen Shuford

STEPHEN SHUFORD

Sticking with it
50, CEO, Shurtape Technologies
Hickory
Andrea Smith

ANDREA SMITH

Efficiency czar
51, Chief Administrative Officer, Bank of America
Charlotte
Harry Smith Jr.

HARRY SMITH JR.

Board gamer
48, Real-estate investor
Greenville
Michael Smith

MICHAEL SMITH

Tower power
50, President & CEO, Charlotte Center City Partners
Charlotte
Tim Smith

TIM SMITH

Chatham chief
69, co-Owner, Preston Development
Cary
David Stevens

DAVID STEVENS

Sunny outlook
60, Mid-South Division President, SunTrust Banks
Durham
Ben Sutton Jr.

BEN SUTTON JR.

Athletic supporter
60, Founder and Chairman, Teall Capital
Winston-Salem
Tim Sweeney

TIM SWEENEY

Epic success
48, CEO, Epic Games
Cary
Steven Tanger

STEVEN TANGER

He’s dealin’
70, CEO, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers
Greensboro
david-tepper

DAVID TEPPER

The new big cat
61, Owner, Carolina Panthers
Charlotte
Michael Waldrum

MIKE WALDRUM

Critical caretaker
56, CEO, Vidant Health
Greenville
Andy Warlick

ANDY WARLICK

Textile titan
61, CEO, Parkdale
Gastonia
2019 Power 100

JIM WHITEHURST

Mixing red and blue
51, President and CEO, Red Hat
Raleigh
Fred Whitfield

FRED WHITFIELD

Getting buzzed
60, President, Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte
Eugene Woods

EUGENE WOODS

Ward dealer
54, CEO, Atrium Health
Charlotte
Randy Woodson

RANDY WOODSON

Pack attack
61, Chancellor, N.C. State University
Raleigh
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