About the Speaker

John A. Allison IV is the former Chairman of BB&T Corporation, the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered in the U.S. Since 1971, he has managed a wide variety of responsibilities throughout the bank, rising to president in 1987 and Chairman and CEO in 1989. During his tenure as CEO, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. In March 2009, Allison joined the faculty of Wake Forest University School of Business as Distinguished Professor of Practice.


Allison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a master's degree in management from Duke University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Clemson University, East Carolina University, Mount Olive College, Marymount University, Mercer Universidty, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

Allison serves on the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Board of Visitors, the Board of Visitors at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also a member of the boards of directors of the Independent College Fund and the Global TransPark Foundation.

Allison has demonstrated expertise in leadership and organizational development, finance and banking, and mergers and acquisitions and has lectured widely at universities on "Principled Leadership" and at academic, business, and community organizations on the current financial/economic environment. He is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, as well as numerous other media outlets, and is most frequently recognized for his leadership in opposing the federal government bailout of banks in the recent financial crisis.