Saturday, May 27, 2023

October 2016

Four centuries in the making

History doesn’t unfold in a vacuum, neatly compartmentalized as business or political or social. That became apparent as, triggered by Business North Carolina’s 35th anniversary, we asked historians to suggest 35 influential Tar Heel companies, trends and events.


What molded today’s North Carolina?

Selected viewpoints from some esteemed North Carolina historians
High Point Furniture Market

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It’s hard to keep High Point down. The world’s largest furniture market has stayed on top for 114 years by mixing innovation, fun and a dollop of the unusual.
NC 100

NC 100: Soak up the sun

A scrappy Asheville solar company gives a bright tint to this year’s list of the state’s largest privately held companies.
Charles Kauffman

NC 100: Physicians’ assistant

Charles Kauffman’s journey to recognition as a computing leader began as a kid in Reston, Va., where he played with an IBM PCjr.
Wes Carter

NC 100: Atlantic notion

Wes Carter, 37, became president in May on Atlantic Corp.’s anniversary. He took the reins from his father, Rusty, who remains CEO.
Eric Pike

NC 100: Digging deep

Eric Pike has initiated and overseen multiple transactions since 1998, when he took the reins at the Mount Airy-based construction and engineering company started by his grandfather, Floyd Pike, in 1945 to serve the electric power industry.
Julie Richter

NC 100: Southern hospitality

Julie Richter, chief financial officer at one of the state’s biggest hotel operators, has shown a mix of accounting acumen and relationship-building skills that have impressed investors and lenders and helped finance an expanding pipeline of hotels.
Brendan Morrissey

NC 100: Mass appeal

The tech and teamwork skills Brendan Morrissey honed in high school and college became building blocks that have helped make him one of North Carolina’s most successful tech executives.
Paul Thompson

NC 100: Insightful leadership

Paul Thompson has emerged as a strong advocate for Hickory and a talented entrepreneur with a major logistics company.
Cherokee Casino cover

Western: Rags to riches

The Eastern Band of Cherokee opened a casino in 1997 that has expanded to become a destination.
Rick Hendrick cover

Charlotte: Cruising ahead

Rick Hendrick created a massive auto dealership network, helped George Shinn start the Charlotte Hornets and became a dominant owner on the NASCAR circuit.
Honda Jet cover

Triad: Jet setter

A Honda business jet is being built in a hangar at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.
Roses cover

Triangle: Faded roses blossom

The Rose family of Henderson was a pioneer retailer, opening dozens of stores across Virginia and North Carolina, but it never achieved the same scale as its Charlotte-based peers.
Blackwater cover_BNC

Eastern: Blackwater’s legacy

Academi today is a bigger version of the Blackwater that Business North Carolina visited for a cover story in June 2007
Camp Corral

NC trend: Salute to summer

Camp Corral offers respite to children of deployed, injured, disabled or fallen service members.

NC trend: Steal of the century

The movie Masterminds, based on the state’s most famous money grab at the Loomis Fargo & Co. armored-car company in Charlotte, gets it partly right.
Ge Aviation management

NC trend: Banishing the boss

The layer-free management approach has worked at the GE Aviation Durham factory for 23 years.

NC trend: Breakfast club

CreativeMornings create the risky, weird and magical, all before 9.
21c Museum Hotel in Durham

NC trend: No vacancy

North Carolina is benefiting from a nationwide hotel boom, but will investors check out early?
Free + Clear opening image

Free + clear: Start me up

With too few businesses starting, the economy suffers. Promoting entrepreneurship needs to become a priority.
Henderson car show

Town square: Coming up roses

The Vance County seat of Henderson, perhaps best known as the hometown of broadcast icon Charlie Rose, struggles to prepare its children for a fast-changing world.
Up front 35 years

Up front: 35 years

While the state's economy has changed, thoughtful storytelling stays the same.