There’s influence, and then there’s serious influence: These senior business leaders are no longer as active in day-to-day affairs but still wield enormous clout.
Durham architect, civic activist in various Triangle area endeavors
Hickory nursing-home kingpin owns Charlotte’s minor-league baseball team
Veteran developer who sold his Ballantyne office park for $1.2 billion
Charlotte investment banker; director at Facebook, Morgan Stanley
Frank Daniels Jr.
Veteran newspaper executive; part of group that owns Business North Carolina
Retired IBM executive and longtime promoter of Research Triangle Park
Ex-Sara Lee president; leads group favoring more higher-ed spending
Allen Gant Jr.
Chairman and former CEO of Triad textile giant Glen Raven
Charlotte’s most outspoken developer, heir to Morrison land fortune
Former CEO of Glaxo Wellcome; private-equity investor in health care
Founder of Family Dollar Stores; now a prominent philanthropist
Sold his life-insurance business; backs many Triad projects and events
Founder of Golden Corral restaurant chain; private-equity Investor
Hugh McColl Jr.
Retied CEO of Bank of America; Charlotte’s most famous leader
Ex-banker and Former Greensboro Mayor; heads Bryan Foundation
Leading pork producer; former state Senator; N.C. State University booster
Lawyer who has held key civic leadership roles in Rocky Mount, Asheville
Gregory Poole Jr.
Retired CEO of Raleigh’s Caterpillar Dealership; civic leader
Law-firm founder who has represented many key business leaders
O. Temple Sloan Jr.
Founder of General Parts, bought by Advance auto for $2 billion in 2014
O. Bruton Smith
Created public companies for his car dealerships, Nascar Speedways
C.D. “Dick” Spangler
Billionaire investor in banks, National Gypsum; former UNC System chief
Greensboro contractor, developer, investor and philanthropist
Former Raleigh mayor, veteran contractor and real-estate investor
“Ones to watch” — while they lead prominent businesses or organizations, these executives are relatively new in their roles.
President and CEO, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Executive director, Research Triangle Regional Partnership
President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
President, Central Piedmont Community College
Julie Ann Freischlag
CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
President and CEO, Research Triangle Foundation
President, Duke University
Chancellor, East Carolina University
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