Since being started in 1988, the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame has inducted 68 men and women into the hall. These individuals represent the outstanding North Carolina business and government leaders for the past 150 years. The chronological list of induction is listed below, while the dropdown menu at upper right provides an alphabetic listing of laureates.
Beginning this year, we will begin adding business histories of laureate
firms and other significant business enterprises in the history of North
William Henry Belk, Sr., Founder, Belk Brothers Company
John Motley Morehead III, Founder, Union Carbide Corporation
Richard Joshua Reynolds, Founder, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Joseph McKinley Bryan, Founder, Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Co.
James Buchanan Duke, Founder, Southern Tobacco Co.
(now Duke Energy)
Thomas Henry Davis, Founder, Piedmont Aviation, Inc.
Charles Clifford Cameron, Chairman, First Union Corporation
Robert M. Hanes, President, Wachovia Bank & Trust Co.
J. Spencer Love, Founder, Burlington Industries
Dr. Asa T. Spaulding, President, NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.
J. E. Broyhill, Founder, Broyhill Furniture Industries
Luther H. Hodges, Vice President, Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. &
NC Governor & US Commerce Secretary
Ralph W. Ketner, Co-Founder, Food Lion, Inc.
Thomas I. Storrs, Chairman, NCNB Corporation
Louis V. Sutton, President, Carolina Power & Light
Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles, Chairman, Bowles Hollowell Conner &
Co. & member, North Carolina House and Senate
Archie K. Davis, Chairman, Wachovia Bank of North Carolina
Howard N. Holderness, Chairman, Jefferson-Pilot Corporation
Frank H. Kenan, Founder, Kenan Oil Company & Chairman, Kenan
C. Grier Beam, Founder, Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation
Charles A. Cannon, Chairman, Cannon Mills Company (now
William B. McGuire, President, Duke Power Co. (now Duke Energy)
Philip Lance Van Every, Chairman, Lance Inc.
Dr. William C. Friday, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
& Executive Director, William R. Kenan Charitable Trust
George Watts Hill, Sr., Chairman, Central Carolina B & T Co.
Edwin A. Morris, Sr., President, Blue Bell, Inc.
John F. Watlington, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Wachovia Corp.
Rush S. Dickson, Chairman, R.S. Dickson & Co.
Charles F. Myers, Jr., Chairman & CEO Burlington Industries, Inc.
Addison H. Reese, Chairman & CEO, North Carolina National Bank
Charles E. Zeigler, Sr., Chairman & CEO, Public Service Company of
Shearon Harris, Chairman & CEO, Carolina Power and Light Co.
Juanita Morris Kreps, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
John Grimes Medlin, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Wachovia Corp.
J.W. (Willie) York, Realtor, President, York Properties
William States Lee, Chairman & CEO, Duke Power Co.
James T. Broyhill, U.S. Representatives; U.S. Senator &
N.C. Secretary of Commerce
Hector MacLean, President & CEO, Bank of Lumberton
(now Southern National Corporation) & N.C. Representative
D. Jones "Doc" Thurston, Jr., Founder & CEO, Thurston Motors and Thurston Aviation, Inc.
Leonard Herring, CEO, Lowe's Home Center
F. Kenneth Iverson, Chairman, Nucor Corporation
L. Vincent Lowe, Jr., Chairman & CEO, BB&T
W. Roger Soles, Chairman & CEO, Jefferson Pilot
Thomas M. Belk, President, Belk Stores, Inc.
Felton J. Capel, CEO, Century Associates of North Carolina
Thomas J. Hackney, Jr., President & CEO, Hackney Brothers
Sherwood H. Smith, Jr., Chairman, CP&L (now Progress Energy)
Herman Blumenthal, Chairman, Radiator Specialty Company
John A. Forlines, Jr., Chairman, Bank of Granite
Helen Powers, NCNB Vice President & Secretary of the NC Dept. of
Claude S. Ramsey, Jr., Chairman & CEO, American Enka Corp.
C. D. Spangler, Jr., Chairman, Spangler Construction Company &
Chairman of the State Board of Education & President of the University
of North Carolina System
James H. Millis, Sr., Chairman, Millis Foundation & CEO & Chairman,
R. Stuart Dickson, Chairman of Executive Comm., Ruddick Corporation
John M. Belk, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Belk, Inc.
The Honorable Harlan E. Boyles, State Treasurer
Edward E. Crutchfield, Jr., Chairman & CEO, First Union Corp.
C. Felix Harvey III, Chairman, Harvey Enterprises
W. Duke Kimbrell, Chairman & CEO, Parkdale Mills
Dalton L. McMichael, Chairman, Mayo Yarns
Peggy Kirk Bell, owner, Pine Needles & Mid-Pines Resorts
Alan T. Dickson, chairman, Ruddick Corporation
James J. Harris, President, James J. Harris & Co.
Hugh M. Morton, President, Grandfather Mountain, & Chairman,
Cape Hatteras & Battleship North Carolina Commissions
Annabelle L. Fetterman, chairman & CEO, Lundy Packing Company
Lewis R. Holding, chairman, First Citizens Corporation
Leon Levine, chairman & CEO, Family Dollar
Ed O'Herron, Jr., chairman, Eckerd Corporation
Wayland H. Cato, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Cato Corp.
Paul H. Broyhill, Chairman, Broyhill Investments & former Chair/CEO, Broyhilll Industries
Ron E. Doggett, Doggett & Associates & former Chair & CEO, Goodmark Foods
Albert F. "Pete" Sloan, Chairman & President, Lance, Inc.
William A. V. Cecil, owner, Biltmore Estates
Hugh L. McColl, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Bank of America
W. David Stedman, President, Stedman Corporation
Joan Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Shows, Inc.
Bert Collins, Chairman, NC Mutual Life Ins.
J. W. "Bill" Disher, Chairman, Lance
Paul Rizzo, Vice Chairman, IBM, & Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill
O. Bruton Smith, CEO, Sonic Automotive Inc. & Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
2006 Hall of Fame