Mr. Allen E. Gant, Jr. – CBC Chairman
Mr. Allen E. Gant, Jr. – CBC Chairman

Mr. Allen E. Gant, Jr. – CBC Chairman

President and CEO

Glen Raven, Inc.

 

President and CEO of Glen Raven, Inc., a global provider of innovative fabric-based solutions that has been family owned since it was founded in 1880. He attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining Glen Raven, Inc. in 1971.

Gant has served as a member of President Bush’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Textile Foundation, Inc., former Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations, and a member of the Board of Visitors of the UNC School of Business.

Gant is considered a global business and textile industry leader and remains active in a number of business and professional organizations including Chairman of the Institute of Textile Technology, Board of Trustees of Elon University, Board of Trustees of Alamance Regional Medical Center, Board of Directors of the Alamance County Economic Development Foundation, and Founder and Chairman of New Leaf Society.

Mr. John A. Allison
Mr. John A. Allison

Mr. John A. Allison

former Chairman and CEO

BB&T Corporation


John Allison is the President and CEO of the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Allison was Chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. He was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.

Allison has received the Corning Award for Distinguished Leadership, been inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Banker. He is a former Distinguished Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University School of Business, and serves on the Board of Visitors at the business schools at Wake Forest, Duke, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Allison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his master’s degree in management from Duke University, and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

 

Mr. W. Frank Dowd, IV
Mr. W. Frank Dowd, IV

Mr. W. Frank Dowd, IV

Chairman of the Board

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company

 

Frank IV joined Charlotte Pipe and Foundry in 1984.  During his career at Charlotte Pipe he has worked in a variety of sales and management roles.  Frank assumed the role of Chairman and CEO in 1998 when Ned Hardison retired. Frank stepped out of the CEO position in December, 2011 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Over the years, Frank has held leadership positions on numerous boards of charitable and non-profit organizations and educational institutions, including Charlotte Country Day School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Carolinas Healthcare System, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, North Carolina Outward Bound, the Good Fellows Club and the Dowd Foundation.

Frank is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar.  He received his law degree and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia. Frank and his wife Janis have three children.

 

Mr. Martin L. Holton III
Mr. Martin L. Holton III

Mr. Martin L. Holton, III

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary

Reynolds American, Inc.

 

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Reynolds American Inc., and subsidiary RAI Services Company and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Subsidiary R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Mark Holton graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1979 and earned a law degree from UNC in 1982.  He began his legal career in 1982 as an Associate at Ford and Harrison in Atlanta, Georgia.  In 1984, Mark joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, PLLC as an Associate and became partner there in 1990.

In March of 2002, Holton joined R.J. Reynolds as a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and has since served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of R.J. Reynolds and RAI Services.

Mr. Holton has served on the board of directors of RAI Services Company since January 2011 and also serves on the board of managers for YMCA Camp Hanes.

Mr. Robert A. Ingram
Mr. Robert A. Ingram

Mr. Robert A. Ingram

former Chairman and CEO

legacy GlaxoWellcome

 

Bob Ingram is General Partner in the firm Hatteras Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage life science companies in the southeast United States.

Ingram began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a professional sales representative and rose through a series of roles with increasing responsibility to become CEO/Chairman of GlaxoWellcome. He co-led the merger and integration that formed GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s second largest pharmaceutical company. Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60, he was asked by the Board to serve as Vice Chairman Pharmaceuticals, GSK, which he did until January 1, 2010, at which time he became Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline plc.

He serves as Chairman, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Chairman, Elan Corporation plc, and Lead Director, VALEANT Pharmaceuticals International. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Allergan Inc., Cree, Inc., and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Ingram was asked by former US President George H.W. Bush to form and chair the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. He is a member of numerous other civic and professional organizations. In January 2004, Ingram was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for International Service. On July 27, 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Advisory Board.

Ingram is a member of the Boards for the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, Project HOPE, Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, President’s Roundtable CEO Roundtable on Cancer, and Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

Ingram graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BS degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Roger W. Knight
Mr. Roger W. Knight

Mr. Roger W. Knight

Attorney

Roger W. Knight, P.A.

 

A graduate of UNC School of Law, Roger served as Legal Counsel to Governor James G. Martin in 1985-86 and joined the firm of Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton, LLP in 1987.  At Wyrick Robbins, Roger was a member of the litigation section and successfully tried cases in state district and superior courts as well as U.S. District Courts.  He also co-founded the government relations practice area at Wyrick Robbins

While at Wyrick Robbins, Roger served as legal counsel to the Town of Wake Forest from 1996 to 2010.   He served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Community Associations Institute (“NCCAI”), in addition to serving on the NCCAI Legislative Action Committee.  He is a frequent speaker on election law and government ethics.  In March, 2009 Roger was the planner/organizer and a speaker at the North Carolina Bar Association’s program on Lobbyists and Legislative Ethics.

In March, 2010, Roger founded his own firm, concentrating in community associations, government relations, election law, and government ethics.  He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Gov. James G. Martin
Gov. James G. Martin

Gov. James G. Martin

Governor of North Carolina

1985-1993

 

The former Governor of North Carolina attended Davidson College and in 1960 graduated from Princeton University with a Doctorate in chemistry.  During the next twelve years Martin served as a Professor of Chemistry at Davidson College.

In 1966 he was elected to Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners serving until 1972; he chaired the commission from 1967 to 1968 and also in 1971.  Governor Martin helped implement and served as the Centralina Regional Council of Governments’ first chair. Jim Martin was also a Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1968 and from 1970 to 1971, and served as president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

In 1972, Marin was first elected to the US House of Representatives.  During the 12 years that he served, Martin was a member of the House of Way and Means Committee and chaired the Republican Research Committee.

Jim Martin was elected Governor of North Carolina in 1984 and served two terms, becoming only the second Republican Governor in the Twentieth Century.  As Governor, Jim Martin focused on jobs, roads and education.  During his tenure he fulfilled his promise to complete Interstate 40, witnessed an unprecedented increase in the percentage of the state budget committed for education and the net creation of 500,000 new jobs.  During five years of the Governor’s Administration, North Carolina led the nation in Economic Development.

Mr. David H. Murdock
Mr. David H. Murdock

Mr. David H. Murdock

Chairman

Dole Food Company, Inc.

 

Chairman of Dole Food Company, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company and the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut flowers.  Dole is an industry leader in nutrition, education and research.  Mr. Murdock is also Chairman, CEO and Owner of Castle & Cooke, Inc., a leader in real estate development.

Mr. Murdock is an advocate of eating healthy to promote longevity.  He organized the collaborative efforts of medical and nutrition experts in writing “The Encyclopedia of Food, A Guide to Healthy Nutrition, and in 2009 published “The Dole Nutrition Handbook; What You Need to Eat and How to Live for a Longer, Healthier Life.”  He also established the Dole Nutrition Institute which focuses on education and research regarding the potential of a plant-based diet to promote health and prevent disease.

In 2006, Mr. Murdock opened a wellness complex in Westlake Village, California, “The Health and Longevity Institute”.  Most recently, Mr. Murdock helped create the North Carolina Research Campus to study the health benefits of fruits and vegetables.  It is the only campus in the world encompassing eight Universities all working together for the benefit of health and longevity. David Murdock is deeply committed to advancing nutrition and life extension.

Mr. S. Dave Phillips
Mr. S. Dave Phillips

Mr. S. Dave Phillips

Chairman and CEO, Phillips Industries, Inc.

former US Ambassador & former NC Commerce Secretary

 

A High Point native, he attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Ct and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phillips is a longtime furniture and textiles executive, active for more than 30 years in factoring, building furniture market showrooms and textile manufacturing. Phillips has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phillips Industries, Inc. and as a partner in High Point’s Market Square Partnership.

Mr. Phillips has served on numerous boards at Duke University, Wake Forest University Medical Center and the Smithsonian Institute.  In North Carolina, Phillips served as Chairman of the Development Board, and was a Member of the Board of the of Transportation.  In 1999, Phillips chaired the World Games of the Special Olympics in America. He has organized trade missions and led a trip to India where he met the Dalai Lama.

Phillips served as North Carolinas Commerce Secretary from 1993-1997, organizing missions to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, meeting leaders.  He was a hand- picked member of the trade panel at President Bush’s August 2002 “Economic Forum” in Waco and was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Estonia on April 16, 2007.

Mr. Anderson D. Warlick
Mr. Anderson D. Warlick

Mr. Anderson D. Warlick

President and CEO

Parkdale Mills, Inc

 

Mr. Warlick joined Parkdale Mills in 1984 and became president and CEO in 2001. He grew up in Gastonia, NC and graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a BS in Business Administration. After graduating, he went to work for Milliken & Company before joining Parkdale. Warlick is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development and of the National Cotton Council’s Leadership Program.

He currently serves on the boards of The Citadel Development Foundation, Parkdale Inc., Kent Manufacturing, Inman Mills, Gaston College Board of Directors for Textile School, and the North Carolina Textile Foundation.

Being active in business and community, his past services include chairman of NCTO, president of the North Carolina Vocational Textile School, Gaston County YMCA, the American Yarn Spinners Association and The Citadel Development Foundation. Also, he is a former board member of the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, First Union National Bank, Wachovia Bank Southern Region Board of Advisors, Gaston County YMCA, Gaston College Advisory Committee, and J.G. Boswell Cotton Company.