Entrepreneurship and Innovation in North Carolina
Date: March 20, 2013
Time: 3:30 pm
High Point University
Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center
833 Montlieu Ave.
High Point, NC 27262
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and several highly regarded business leaders, including racing CEO and businessman Richard Childress, will serve as panelists in an entrepreneurship round table discussion presented by High Point University and Business North Carolina magazine.
The round table will be moderated by Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. Participants serving in the event include:
· Gov. Pat McCrory, 74th governor of North Carolina. Raised in Guilford County, McCrory was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1995 and served a record seven terms. He is a nationally recognized leader in economic, transportation and homeland security issues. He has served as chair of the Republican Mayors Association and received a presidential appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. McCrory has testified before Congress and has been an expert guest on several national media broadcasts, including National Public Radio, ABC World News, Lehrer News Hour, CBS This Morning, MSNBC News, CNN, CNBC and Fox News and more.
· Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. Childress, former NASCAR driver, has headed his successful racing team since the 1980s. His team, RCR, became the first in NASCAR history to win all three of NASCAR’s national championship series. Childress, also a savvy entrepreneur, became one of the wealthiest men in North Carolina with his business venture – Childress Vineyards, which opened in 2003 in Lexington, N.C.
· Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. Widely recognized as one of the home furnishings industry’s most innovative leaders, Maricich, former president and chief executive officer of World Market Center Las Vegas and Hickory, N.C.-based Century Furniture, has established a record of building companies into internationally respected brands. He sits on the executive board of the National Home Furnishings Association, the industry’s largest retail trade association, as well as the executive committee for the home furnishings industry charity, City of Hope. Currently Maricich serves on the Board of Directors of NASDAQ traded Flexsteel Industries, Inc.
· Rachel Weeks, founder and CEO of School House. Interested in the intersection of women’s issues, fair labor and fashion, Weeks founded School House after studying ethical manufacturing abroad as a Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka. Nearly three years later, Rachel has pioneered the company’s mission to revive and rebuild American apparel manufacturing, particularly across the Carolinas and Southeast. Weeks was included in Inc.’s 30 Under 30 list in 2012, and has been featured in major publications such as MSNBC, Fox News, Women’s Wear Daily, Teen Vogue, NPR and USA Today.
· Bryan Young, CEO of BEC, an award-winning digital agency. Young has more than five years of experience creating award-winning digital campaigns and integrated programs for national clients. He has been recognized nationally for his accomplishments, and was the youngest individual to receive the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership award. Young was named one of the best young entrepreneurs in America under 25 by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011, and is also a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee.
· Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University. Qubein is an internationally sought-after speaker who has led the university to unprecedented growth including tripling undergraduate enrollment and the establishment of three new academic schools on campus. Prior to accepting the role as the seventh president of HPU, he served as chairman of a consulting firm. His business experience led him to help grow a bank in 1986, and today he serves on the board and chairs the executive committee of BB&T, a Fortune 500 financial corporation with $185 billion in assets and 35,000 employees. He is also chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 218 stores in 42 states and serves on the board of La-Z-Boy Corporation and Dots, LLC. Dr. Qubein has written a dozen books and recorded scores of audio and video learning programs.