Joan Zimmerman, President of Southern Shows, Inc., is one of North Carolina's most successful businesswomen. The Charlotte-based company, which produces trade shows, has been nurtured by Zimmerman since its inception.
Judith Allen, director of the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, combines artistic sensibility with financial savvy, providing the sound business foundation on which the center's artistic success rests.
The Denny's restaurant chain, a division of Flagstar Companies, Inc., recently settled the largest racial discrimination suit involving public accommodations in U.S. history. Denny's will pay $46 million to African-American customers nationwide.
Advertising Age, \"the bible of the marketing/advertising business,\" has recognized Max Muhleman as one of the country's top 100 marketing executives. Muhleman is president of Charlotte-based Muhleman Marketing, Inc.
Billy Overton Wireman, President of Queens College in Charlotte, is developing a liberal arts school that is known for its innovative programs, such as those for older or \"non-traditional\"\" students, and for its emphasis on international education.
Beginning as an industrial sales engineer in the natural gas industry, John Maxhein is now head of Piedmont Natural Gas Company, the second largest such company in the Southeast, and one that has had dividend increases for 17 straight years.
The tort reform movement in the General Assembly will limit punitive damage awards to the victims of dangerous products or company negligence. Opponents question whether such reform will really benefit victims and not companies who put profit over safety.
President for eleven years of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation's ten largest chambers, Carroll Gray oversees numerous projects, including industrial development and uptown revitalization.
The Appalachian Cultural Museum at Appalachian State University portrays the area's cultural heritage. The museum mounts exhibits on folklife, publishes a monthly newsletter, sponsors educational trips to mountain sites, and fosters research.