Atlanta Executive Forum to Feature BB&T CEO
October 30, 2006

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037
or (800) 837-2911

ATLANTA — John A. Allison, chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, will be the featured speaker at The Executive Forum of Mercer University on Monday, Nov. 13. He will give a lunch presentation at noon at The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road in Atlanta.
 
Allison leads one of the nation’s largest and most respected companies, BB&T Corporation, a $116-billion financial-holding company. Mr. Allison began his career at BB&T in 1971 and worked his way through the management ranks, becoming president in 1987, then chairman and CEO in July 1989.
 
Under Mr. Allison’s leadership, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T has expanded dramatically, growing from fourth largest financial-holding company in North Carolina to ninth largest in the country. A member of the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations, BB&T operates more than 1,400 banking offices in 11 states and Washington, D.C., and has more than 28,000 employees.
 
The company has received numerous awards reflecting its commitment to grow without sacrificing quality. BB&T has been recognized as one of America’s “Best Big Companies” on the Forbes Platinum 400 List for six of the last seven years. The U.S. Small Business Administration has named BB&T among the top three “small business-friendly” financial-holding companies in the country for the past seven years.
 
The Executive Forum is a business outreach program of Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, and the Office of University Advancement. The Executive Forum provides business professionals with an opportunity to hear nationally noted speakers while networking with other business leaders.
 
For more information, call Mercer’s Office of University Advancement at (800) 837-2911, extension 2189.
      
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