Our Members


Bob Barnhill

Chairman, Barnhill Contracting Company

John Belk

Retired President, Belk Inc.

Charles Bowman

Market President for North Carolina & Charlotte, Bank of America

Tim Gabel

CEO, RTI International

Redge Hanes

Retired CEO

Gregg Lowe

CEO, Wolfspeed

Charles Scharf

President & CEO, Wells Fargo

Will Sutton

President & Director, Truist Leadership Institute

Magna Cum Laude

Ann Goodnight

Director of Community Relations, SAS Institute, Inc.

Anna Spangler Nelson

Chairman, Spangler Foundation

Tom Nelson

President & CEO, National Gypsum Company

Art Pope

Chairman & CEO, Variety Wholesalers, Inc.

John Triandiflou

CEO, Insightsoftware


Tyler Grodi

CEO, Coastal Credit Union

Nelle Hotchkiss

Senior VP of Community Relations, NC Electric Cooperatives

James Maynard

Chairman & CEO, Golden Corral Corporation

Allison Moss

President, Stephen L. Cornwell Foundation

Ward Nye

President & CEO, Martin Marietta

Chuck Purvis

Retired CEO, Coastal Credit Union

Pat Riley

President & CEO, Allen Tate Companies

Eddie Smith

Chairman, Grady-White Boats, Inc.

Student Body President

Carl Armato

CEO, Novant Health System

Don Flow

CEO, Flow Automotive

Christopher Fox

VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Hanesbrands

Dave Regenery

Chairman & CEO, Trane Technologies, plc

John Replogle

CEO, One Better Ventures, LLC

Paul Wiles

Retired CEO, Novant Health System

Class President

Amanda Barkus

VP of Application Development, MetLife

Peter Bristow

President, First Citizens Bank

Zach Clayton

CEO, Three Ships

Thomas W. Dickson

Chairman, The Dickson Foundation

Ken Gill

President & CEO, CPI Security Systems

Leroy Lail

Chairman & CEO, Hickory Furniture

Walter McDowell

Chairman, BEST NC

DL McMichael, Jr.

CEO, McMichael Mills

David Neill

President, Bob Neill Inc.

Ed Pearce

President, Tencarva Machinery Company

Norman Samet

Retired CEO, Samet Corporation

Temple Sloan, Jr.

CEO, The Sloan Family Foundation

Laura Smith

President & CEO, Foundation for the Carolinas

Tunde Sotunde


Scott C. Sullivan

Retired Co-Founder, Cameron Management

John C. Whitaker, Jr.

Manager, INV, LLC

Teacher's Pet

Greg Alcorn

CEO, Global Contact Services

Marilyn Broyhill Beach

President, James T. and Louise R. Broyhill Foundation

Chester H. Brown

President, Brown Investment Properties, Inc.

Mollie Brugh

Retired CEO, Marsh Furniture Company

Joe Budd

CEO, The Budd Group

John Burress

Retired Business Owner, John W. Burress

Hudnall Christopher

Retired Executive VP, Reynolds Tobacco

Derick Close

CEO, Springs Creative

Don Curtis

CEO, Curtis Media Group

Kellie Falk

Managing Director & Principal, Drucker & Falk

Dianna Henderson

Vice President, Global Head of Marketing, TELUS Consumer Goods

Dale Jenkins

Retired CEO, Curi

Doug Kahn

Managing Partner, Mistdoda Capital

Kelly King

Retired CEO, Truist

James "Chip" Mahan

Chairman & CEO, Live Oak Bank

Jim Melvin

Chairman, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Julian "Bubba" Rawl

Owner, Preston Development

Sara Spencer

Vice President, Real Estate Development & Innovation, Walmart

David Spitz

CEO, ChannelAdvisor Corp.

Ben Sutton

Founder & Chairman, Teall Capital

J. Bradley Wilson



Friends of BEST NC

Francisco Alvarado

President & CEO, Marand Builders

Jim Anthony

CEO, Colliers International

John Atkins

CEO, O'Brien Atkins

Rye Barcott

Managing Director, Double Time Capital

Doug Bassett

Executive Vice President & COO, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture

Graham Bennett

CEO, Quality Oil Company

Richard Brenner

Vice Chairman, Amarr

Abha Bowers

CEO, Walk West

Jud Bowman

Founder & CEO, Sift Media

Brad Brinegar

Chairman, McKinney

Rountree Collett, Jr.

President & COO, Bernhardt Furniture

Paul Fulton

Chairman, Bassett Furniture Industries

David Gardner

Founding Partner, CoFounders Capital

Clay Grubb

President, Grubb Properties

David Howard

Partner, Windsor Investments, LLC

Corey Hutcherson

VP of Operations, Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce

Burney Jennings

Chairman, Biscuitville

Stan Kelly

Retired CEO, Wells Fargo

Phil Kirk

Retired President, NC Chamber of Commerce

Mark Lawson

President, Cary Chamber of Commerce

Al Lineberry, Jr.

President, Gainesberry, LLC

Wendy Murphy

Murphy Family Ventures

Ed Pleasants

Retired CEO, Pleasants Hardware

Brian Reid

Triangle President, TowneBank

Donna Rhode

Community Relations Leader, Vaco

Malbert Smith

CEO, President & Co-Founder, MetaMetrics

John Snider

President & CEO, Snider Fleet Solutions

Thomas Vaidhyan

CEO, Aten, Inc.

Leslie Walden

VP of Regional Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments

William Warden

Retired Executive, Lowes Companies

Richard "Stick" Williams

Retired President, Duke Energy Foundation

Smedes York

Chairman, York Properties