Thursday, April 18, 2024

Favorite book selections of North Carolina leaders

Business North Carolina’s annual CEO Summit in September featured fellowship, Pinehurst golf, networking and fast-paced interviews with Capitol Broadcasting President Jimmy Goodmon, Novan CEO Paula Stafford, NC Chamber CEO Gary Salamido and other leaders. Top CEO honors were awarded to Joseph Budd of The Budd Group, Jeff Harris of Furnitureland South and Arthur Samet of Samet Corp.

We asked attendees to share some of their most favorite recent books. Their suggestions span a wide variety of topics.


Bob Rhatigan, Merz
The Once and Future King, T.H. White

Jason Dingess, Quis
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Rob Edwards, Ridgemont Equity Partners
The Last Ordinary Hour, Kathy Izard

Kevin Schimelfenig, McGeever Family Office
Barbarians at the Gate, John Helyar and Bryan Burrough

Bill Smith, Trust Company of the South
The Almanack of Naval Ravkant, Eric Jorgenson

Bob Newell, Franklin Street Partners
The Little Book of Do, Kel Landis

Kim Henderson, Novant Health
Secret Lives of the First Ladies, Cormac O’Brien

Anna Lynch, Lynch Mykins
Untethered Soul, Michael Alan Singer


Bruce Clark, Catapult
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates

Ben Kinney, Business North Carolina
Grant, Ron Chernow

Nathan Tayloe, Tayloe & Gray
Shut Up and Listen; Hard Business Truths, Tilman Fertita

JIm Hansen, PNC
The Founder’s Mentality, Chris Zook and James Allen

Barry Brown, Cooper Electrical Construction
The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath

David Woronoff, Old North State Magazines
Defender of the Republic, David Roll

Kevin Drum, Drum Media
Traction: How Any Startup can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth

Jon Gilbert, East Carolina University
The Score Takes Care, Bill Walsh

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