A former Raleigh mayor, a Raleigh restaurant entrepreneur and a Winston-Salem banker turned university professor will all be inducted in to the N.C. Business Hall of Fame next month in Charlotte.
Smedes York (at left), a developer who served as Raleigh mayor from 1979 to 1983, is being honored for his long career as a businessman, philanthropist and community booster.
York is chairman of three companies--McDonald York, York Properties and Prudential York Simpson Underwood--that today employ 600 people.
York will be joined by James Maynard, who along with his partner Bill Carl built Raleigh-based Golden Corral into a chain of 490 restaurants in 42 states that had annual revenue of $1.6 billion in 2008.
The third inductee is John Allison, who led BB&T Bank from $275 million in assets when he joined the firm in 1971 to more than $136 billion today. Allison is today a distinguished professor of practice at Wake Forest's business school.
The Hall of Fame's induction ceremony will take place Nov. 5 at The Weston in Charlotte.