Previous Program Speakers

2021 Susan DeVore, Former CEO of Premier, Inc.

2020 Tom Skains, Former President and CEO of Piedmont Natural Gas

2019 Ruth G. Shaw, Former President and CEO of Duke Power Company

2018 Linda P. Hudson, Chairman and CEO of the Cardea Group

2017 Carl Armato, President & CEO of Novant Health

2015 Anne Tompkins, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina

2013 David V. Singer, Retired CEO of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

2012 Hugh L. McColl, Jr., Former Chairman and CEO of Bank of America

2011 Joan Zimmerman, Founder and CEO, Southern Shows, Inc.

2010 Jerry Orr, Aviation Director, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

2009 Michael Marsicano, PhD, President and CEO, Foundation for the Carolinas

2008 Michael Tarwater, CEO, Carolinas HealthCare System

2007 Glenn H. Burkins, Deputy Managing Editor, The Charlotte Observer

2006 Bertram L. Scott, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Implementation, and Policy, TIAA-CREF

2005 Roberta Bowman, Vice President of External Relations for Duke Energy

2004 Mark W. Erwin, Erwin Capital, Inc.

2003 David L. Bruner, Chairman, Goodrich Corporation

2002 H. Allen Tate, Jr., CEO, Allen Tate Company

2001 Harvey Gantt, FAIA, Partner, Gantt Huberman Architects

2000 Vicki Wilson-McElreath, Office Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

1998 Howard Haworth, Former President & CEO, Drexel Heritage Furnishings, Inc.

1997 Paul F. Betzold, President and CEO, Presbyterian Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System

1996 William E. Simms, President, Risk Management Products Group

1995 Marshall A. Rauch, Founder, Rauch Industries, Inc.

1994 Johnie H. Jones, Chairman of the Board, J. A. Jones Construction Co.

1993 William R. Holland, Chairman and CEO, United Dominion Industries

1992 William S. Lee, Chairman and President, Duke Power Company

1991 Joseph H. Patterson, President, Technical Fibers Group Hoechst Celanese Corporation

1990 Peter D. Relic, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

1989 John Lewis, Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen & Company