From humble beginnings on a tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina, BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly King learned early on you have to take responsibility to achieve the things you want in life. During his 46-year career at BB&T, that work ethic helped him rise through the ranks to lead one of the nation’s top financial institutions. And he was recently recognized as a respected leader in North Carolina, not just for his business achievements but also for his commitment to the community.
On Friday, Nov. 16, King was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame by the Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC) and the North Carolina Chamber. The North Carolina Business Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize business leaders who significantly contribute to building the state’s economy, and provide outstanding community and statewide service. For 31 years, the North Carolina Chamber and JACC have inducted laureates who demonstrate business excellence, courageous thinking and action, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership and community mindedness.
King has forged a lifetime of leadership experience with BB&T, devoting 35 of his 46 years of service as a member of Executive Management. He has assumed leadership roles in commercial and retail banking, operations, insurance, corporate financial services, investment services and capital markets.
He led BB&T to continued profitability and financial stability through the economic downturn beginning in 2008, and under his leadership, BB&T was one of the first institutions to repay TARP funds.
A true servant leader, King’s unwavering commitment to BB&T’s vision, mission and values led to the creation of the BB&T Lighthouse Project. Since it began in 2009, BB&T associates have donated more than 640,000 volunteer hours to carry out more than 11,000 community service projects, which have touched the lives of more than 16.5 million people.
BB&T is incredibly proud of its chairman and CEO, and his induction into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame reaffirms what we have known all along: Kelly King isn’t just a great businessman, banker, leader, visionary – he’s an inspiration.