Free Enterprise Hall of Fame Founding Members
As the sixth of 16 children, Richard Joshua Reynolds left his small Virginia town at an early age to establish his own company. At the age of 25, Reynolds opened a chewing tobacco manufacturing company in Winston, North Carolina and quickly became a pioneer in the industry.
Charles A. Cannon
Charles Albert Cannon, the son of a textile mill owner, was born in 1892. After attending Fishburne Military Academy and Davidson College, Cannon entered the textile industry himself, achieving success as a manager, treasurer and secretary.
William Henry Belk
Born in 1862, as the son of a farmer, Belk overcame obstacles in life to later build a retail empire. His father was killed shortly after the civil war by Union soldiers looking for a gold mine that did not exist. After working at a dry goods store in Monroe, Belk decided to use his perseverance and background in retail to start his own venture.
Free Enterprise Hall of Fame Additional Members
H. Clark Goodwin
H. Clark Goodwin was one of the titans of free enterprise in North Carolina and a man who left a positive imprint in our community, state and nation. He was a builder in the banking world and a model for philanthropic giving and leadership.
John W. Pope
Growing up in a small North Carolina town, John William Pope rose above his competition and successfully turned a small family business into 500-store company.