Dr. Nido Qubein
A remarkable man and adopted son of High Point, Dr. Nido Qubein is a man who has consistently given back to his community. Realizing that education would be the key to success, he attended Mt. Olive College before moving on to High Point University and earning a BS in Human Relations. He would go on to earn a Masters Degree in Business from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Throughout those years, he worked hard at a series of jobs, developing an appreciation for the inherent worth of all people who toil at honorable and constructive work.
In 1973, he put his experiences and education to work, launching Creative Services, Inc. which initially focused on his speaking skills, which he shared across the United States. He eventually dramatically expanded his successful company with a line of books and a burgeoning consulting business. In time he became a corporate director and executive committee member at the BB&T Corporation. In 1991, he assumed the chairmanship of the McNeill Lehman Inc., a public relations company. In 2001, Nido became chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company and in 2002 also became chairman of Business Life.
He has been the recipient of many honors including The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, the DAR Americanism Medal, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Sales and Marketing International’s Ambassador of Free Enterprise, Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award, the High Point Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Year from the High Point Enterprise.
He established The Nido Qubein Associates Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to High Point Area students. He also founded the National Speakers Association Foundation which has raised millions to help needy families and establish communications grants. In addition to these funds, he has also established scholarships at Mt. Olive College, High Point University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His most well-known gift is the Annual Rotary Luncheon, which has been a sell out success for years. Through the High Point Community Foundation, he established the Nido and Marianna Qubein Donor Advised Fund. Opened with a $1 million commitment, he fulfilled this in less than one year. He is a benevolent man dedicated to the High Point Community.