Mr. Allison explains how he built a business culture within BB&T Corporation that successfully navigated the 2008 financial crisis.
Mr. Allison has been an executive-in-residence with the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University since November 1, 2015. His main roles have been to mentor students, guest-lecture in classes, and give public lectures. As executive-in-residence, Mr. Allison has helped foster Wake Forest’s student-centered educational mission. His leadership has been invaluable in helping the BB&T Center implement its mission of critically evaluating the role of capitalism in a humane and just society. His extensive real-world experience in business and banking has enabled him to provide insight to students into the crucial role honorable business plays in fostering a prosperous society. Prior to his current position, Mr. Allison was the CEO of the Cato Institute following a career at BB&T that culminated in his outstanding performance as chairman and CEO.