Advisory board set to bring ethical business leadership to the north Georgia region

The BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership Advisory Board is preparing for its first meeting to begin breathing life into the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership. Composed of some of the best business minds the region has to offer, the board will develop and execute the initiatives of the center, with the goal of becoming a critical ethics resource for the community.

BB&T Board and Dr. Bonita Jacobs
Pictured above, from left, are: Dan Carey, BB&T executive and North Georgia College & State University alumnus; James A. Faulkner, trustee of the NGCSU Foundation, member of BB&T Board of Directors and former executive of Century South Banks Inc. of Dahlonega; Dr. Bonita Jacobs, university president; R. Perry Tomlinson, BB&T regional president; and Jonathan Collins, BB&T executive and North Georgia alumnus.

Mike Pyott, former professor of military science and an alumnus of North Georgia, will be the center’s director.

James “Jimmy” Faulkner, chairman of the advisory board and member of the BB&T Board of Directors, is looking forward to the process of building the center’s identity.

“The board will meet frequently during the first year, then on a quarterly basis from the second year on,” Faulkner said. “The first few meetings will focus solely on building a solid foundation for the center.”

Faulkner is pleased with the composition of the board, stating that each person has something special to bring to the table.

“Perry Tomlinson, president of BB&T North Georgia, has a great deal of experience in leadership roles,” Faulkner said. “He will be a tremendous asset in helping us build the center’s foundation.”

Tim Davis, executive vice president of BB&T human systems, leads the effort behind the internal BB&T University, which is a course in business ethics that all members of BB&T management are required to take. Faulkner believes Davis will be essential in setting the ethical tone of the board and the center.

“Dr. Buster Evans, superintendent of Forsyth County Schools and regional K-12 representative, will play a key role in our regional school engagement initiatives,” Faulkner said. “And Dr. Mark Jordan, graduate program coordinator at North Georgia, will mirror that role in engagement with North Georgia faculty and students.”

Mike Cottrell, chairman of the Cottrell Corp. and regional business representative, and Grace Fricks, president and CEO of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) and regional not-for-profit representative, will lend their experience in helping the center engage local businesses.

“Mike Cottrell demands the highest ethical standards from himself and those who work for him,” Faulkner said, “and Grace Fricks is presented with multiple ethical decisions every day in her work. I know they will both be excellent models and resources for the board.”

The first meeting of the BB&T Center Advisory Board is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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