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LRU Names Business Leader of the Year

Wed Mar 16 2011

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Council will honor Tony Wolfe as Business Leader of the Year at an awards luncheon on April 6 at noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hickory. Registration will begin at 11:30 am. This ticketed event is open to the public.

Wolfe is president and chief executive officer of Peoples Bank, Newton, NC and Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. He has been employed by Peoples Bank since 1990 and has served as the president and CEO since 1993. He was employed by First Union National Bank, South Carolina National Bank, and Northwestern Bank prior to joining Peoples Bank.

Wolfe is a graduate of Wingate College and Lenoir-Rhyne University, the Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Lenoir-Rhyne University, the Board of Directors of United Way of North Carolina, the Board of Directors of Catawba County Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Catawba Valley Medical Foundation. He is a member of Catawba Country Club, Newton-Conover Rotary Club, and Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Finance Authority.

Formerly, Wolfe served on the Business Council of Lenoir Rhyne University, Catawba County United Way, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Bankers Association.

Tickets to the awards luncheon are $50 per person for members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Business Council and $75 for non-members. Members’ tables with seating for eight are also available for $350.

To reserve your ticket, please respond by March 26 to Leeanne Kale at 828-328-7321 or

The Lenoir-Rhyne Business Council consists of businesses, corporations and foundations that believe so strongly in the mission of Lenoir-Rhyne that they contribute $1,000 or more each year for current operations of the university.

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