Catawba College's Ketner of Business will host the fourth annual Business Hall of Fame Saturday, November 6 in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. Four outstanding business leaders will be inducted at the event.
Inductees include Paul E. Fisher of Salisbury, Richard "Dick" J. Seiwell '67 of West Chester, Pa., Jim L. Williamson '54 of Charlotte, and the late Lotan Corriher of Landis, who attended Old Catawba College in Newton from 1891 to1892.
A reception, featuring the inductees will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Catawba alumnus Joey Popp '77, a member of the Business Advisory Board for the Ketner School of Business, will be the master of ceremonies for the event again this year. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and are available for purchase online or by calling Cecilia Stach in the Ketner School of Business at (704) 637-4405 by October 29th.
Previous inductees include Darlene Landis Ball of Greensboro; the late Enoch A. Goodman of Salisbury; James F. Hurley, III of Salisbury; the late Claude S. Abernethy Jr. of Newton; C. A. "Junie" Michael of Mooresville; the late Clifford A. Peeler of Salisbury; Tom E. Smith of Salisbury; Ralph W. Ketner of Salisbury; Lynne Scott Safrit of Kannapolis; Claude Hampton, Jr., of Salisbury; the late Thomas S. Carroll of New Canaan, Conn.; the late Adrian L. Shuford, Jr., of Conover; the late J. W. Abernethy, Jr., of Newton; and the late Millard Wilson of Salisbury.
Sponsors for this year's event include F&M Bank, Gold Sponsor; Mr. Ralph W. Ketner, Silver Sponsor; and Dr. Charles T. Muse, Bronze Sponsor.
Paul E. Fisher
A 1960 alumnus of UNC Chapel Hill, Paul Fisher serves as chairman and CEO of F&M Bank. A native of Granite Quarry, he is a member of the N.C. Banking Commission and former president of the N.C. Bankers Association. He was a member of the N.C. Air National Guard between 1960 and 1968.
A member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees since 1975, he currently serves as Chair of that Board. Catawba has recognized his service to the College by awarding him its Adrian L. Shuford Award for Distinguished Service in 1997. Catawba awarded him an honorary doctorate of humanitarian service in 1994.
Fisher was awarded the Wall Street Journal Scholastic Achievement Award in 1960 and the Sam Walton Business Leader Award in 1996. He was named the Salisbury Lions Club Man of the Year in 1999 and was honored by the Salisbury-Rowan Merchants Association that same year with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Active in the community, Fisher chaired a campaign that raised more than $2.3 million for a new Rowan County Chamber of Commerce building. He headed a task force on redevelopment of the Flowers Bakery area in downtown Salisbury. He and his family also made a generous donation toward construction of an East Rowan YMCA. He founded and has chaired the Rowan-Salisbury Educational Foundation. He has served or is serving on a number of civic organizations' boards including the United Way, Salvation Army, YMCA, the Rowan-Salisbury Symphony, Sales and Marketing Club, Livingstone College, Rowan Memorial Hospital and Rowan Helping Ministries.
Fisher is married to wife Sue and the couple has two adult children.
Richard "Dick" J. Seiwell
A native of Pennsylvania, Richard J. "Dick" Seiwell is a partner in Seiwell Advisors, LLC. He graduated from Catawba in 1967 and went onto Ohio State University where he earned his M.B.A. in 1968.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1968 until 1974. In 1977, he became a chartered financial analyst and has worked as a former partner and director of research for Cashman, Farrell & Associates, Inc.
Seiwell was tapped for service on the Catawba College Board of Trustees in 1986 and has served continuously since that time. He chairs that Board's finance and endowment committees. He serves as a director and chair of the investment committee of New Covenant Trust Company. He was also an adjunct trustee of the Presbyterian Foundation.
He was honored by Catawba as the recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999.
Seiwell and wife Linda are parents of two adult children and make their home in West Chester, Pa.
James L. Williamson
A native of Forest City, James L. Williamson is a retired partner with KPMG, C.P.A. in Charlotte. He graduated from Catawba College in 1965 and later earned his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill.
A member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees since 1987, he has chaired the finance committee of that board. He is a member of the Charlotte Chapter of Certified Public Accountants, the board of directors of Central Carolina Financial Corp., the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Providence Day School Board of Advisors.
He has served as past president of the Catawba College Alumni Association and as a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Ketner School of Business. He is past president of the Charlotte Athletic Club and a member of several committees in the United Methodist Church.
Williamson was honored by Catawba in 1987 as the recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus Award and again in 1993 as the recipient of the O.B. Michael Award.
He is married to wife Joanna and the two make their home in Charlotte and are parents of two adult daughters. The two are members of the Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church.
Lotan A. Corriher (d.)
A North Carolina native, the late Lotan A. Corriher was the founder of several companies, including Linn Mills, Corriher Mills, Roselle Lighting Company and Corriher Enterprises, all of Landis.
He had attended Old Catawba in Newton between 1891 and 1892 and his first wife, Ida Linn Corriher, was an 1892 alumna of the institution. He was instrumental in moving Catawba College from Newton to Salisbury in the 1920s.
Corriher was a member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees from 1925 until 1955, serving as chair of the building and grounds committee and as a member of the executive and finance committee. His son, J. Fredrick Corriher, Sr., succeeded him as a Catawba College trustee, as did his grandson, J. Fred Corriher, Jr. '60, who was also Catawba's 19th president.
After the first Mrs. Corriher died, he married Florence Busby, founder of Catawba's Blue Masque. He was the principal donor of funds used to build the Corriher-Linn-Black Library on the Catawba College campus and that facility opened in 1953.
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