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The BB&T Leadership Institute campus named for CEO Kelly King

Naming honors King's 40 years of dedication to the advancement of leadership development

Aug 29, 2019

GREENSBORO, N.C., Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The BB&T Leadership Institute today announced it will name its 60,000-square-foot Greensboro campus The Kelly S. King Center, recognizing BB&T's chairman and chief executive officer. BB&T's board of directors recommended and approved the new campus name in honor of King's career-long dedication to leadership development within both BB&T and the communities it serves.

"The BB&T Leadership Institute was born out of Kelly's strong belief that one of the best ways to improve our communities is by lifting up and developing strong leaders in all facets of society," said BB&T Director Nido Qubein. "He has a unique gift and genuine passion for helping individuals realize their leadership potential and unleash that potential to serve others. This amazing campus is already a reflection of his legacy of leadership, so we felt it only fitting that it reflect his name as well."

King established The BB&T Leadership Institute to provide leadership development and consultation to empower corporate executives, business owners, BB&T associates and educational leaders to run better companies, schools and organizations through dynamic and effective leadership. In 2018, the institute opened the doors to its retreat-like campus, which is situated on 12 wooded acres and features state-of-the-art classrooms, 48 guest rooms for overnight visitors, a unique "treehouse" meeting room, dining area, fitness facilities, staff offices and more.

"I don't know of any other CEO who can talk about positive leadership as authentically as Kelly can," said BB&T Director Anna Cablik. "Through his support of The BB&T Leadership Institute's work, he's building up the next generation of leaders, which has an incredible, sustaining impact on the health and success of our communities."

"We have so many clients who share how our leadership development programs have been transformative for both their professional and personal lives," said Will Sutton, director of The BB&T Leadership Institute. "This is a place where lives can be changed, and much of that is because throughout his entire career, Kelly has been unwavering in his commitment to the training, education and development of people. It's truly fitting that his name forever be a part of something I know means so much to him."

More information about The BB&T Leadership Institute can be found at

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