RALEIGH – Campbell Business School recently held its third-annual senior dinner at The Cannon Room at HQ Raleigh in downtown Raleigh. Prominent area leaders and business officials served as table facilitators to guide discussions with the 70 students in attendance.
“The Senior Dinner represents our students’ transition from their university career to their professional career,” said Campbell Business Dean Dr. Kevin O’Mara. “It allows us to celebrate the personal strides students make over their four years while also recognizing the promise of their future after graduation. Lisa Youngquist, the Campbell Business director of career services, designed an outstanding program highlighting the accomplishments of our seniors while mixing in experienced business professionals to provide their insight. It was a great evening for everyone involved.”
Prominent Raleigh businessman John Kane served as the keynote speaker for the evening. He founded Kane Realty Corporation in 1978, and has played a huge role in the redevelopment of Raleigh as a destination city by successfully leading the development of sustainable mixed-use communities, regional malls, neighborhood and community centers, office buildings, hotels, and health centers. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Sir Walter Raleigh Award by the City of Raleigh, and The News & Observer’s 2016 Tar Heel of the Year. Last year he was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for his significant and lasting contributions to the city.
The evening began with a networking session which allowed students to mix and mingle with event attendees prior to dinner. The evening provided Campbell Business students with an opportunity to put into practice the professional development skills that they have been honing throughout their time in Buies Creek. Students Christian Moss and James Blackman added to the student-focused theme of the evening, with Blackman introducing Kane and Moss providing the prayer.
St. Joseph of the Pines and Trinity Health served as Gold Level sponsors for the evening, while Neari Coleman Associates and Mako Medical were Orange Level sponsors. Table facilitators included Eddie and Win Coleman (Neari Coleman Associates), Peter Gwaltney (N.C. Bankers Association), Kathleen Lewis (Downtown Raleigh Alliance), Chad Price (Mako Medical), Kristen Rice (N.C. Office of the Commissioner of Banks), and Katie Shelton (Mako Medical).