Dr. Nido R. Qubein is an accomplished university president and a nationally recognized author, speaker, and leader. Dr. Qubein came to the United States with $50 in his pocket and a few words of English in his vocabulary … yet went on to become one of America’s most sought-after speakers and consultants.
As a university president, the story of his tenure at High Point University is known to many. In less than a decade, he led the institution to phenomenal growth and significant academic advancement, tripling its size and moving it to the number one spot among Best Colleges in the South.
He is chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company (220 stores in 43 states). He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of BB&T, a Fortune 500 company with over $175 billion in assets, the corporate board of La-Z-Boy Corporation, one of the world's largest and most recognized furniture retailers and Dots Stores, a chain of fashion boutiques with more than 400 locations across the country. As a professional speaker, he encourages businesses and organizations throughout the world on how to improve their vision and achieve success.
President Qubein is the author of a dozen books on leadership, sales, communication, reculturing organizations and achievement and scores of leadership audio and visual recordings translated into many languages. The Biography Channel televised his Emmy-nominated life story titled “A Life of Success and Significance.”
The National Speakers Association named its Philanthropy Award for Nido. His home city (High Point, N.C.) named him Philanthropist of the Year, as did the Triad Association of Fundraising Executives. The Qubein Foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships to students across North Carolina and the country. He has chaired many campaigns to help non-profits, and lives by William Barclay's mantra: "Always give without remembering; always receive without forgetting."
Nido Qubein invests one-third of his life in earning, one-third in learning, and one-third in serving. He is chairman-emeritus of the National Speakers Association Foundation, and is a former trustee on the national YMCA Board of Directors. Over the years, he has served on more than 30 voluntary boards including the High Point Community Foundation and the National Board of American Humanics.
The list of awards and recognitions Nido Qubein has received is long. It includes The Cavett, Ambassador of Free Enterprise, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Alumnus, The Golden Gavel, Master of Influence, Business Leader of the Year, High Point Citizen of the Year, Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (North Carolina’s highest civilian honor) and literally dozens more.
“Extraordinary! That’s how I describe your outstanding presentation to our sales associates and staff at our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices celebration event. Through the years I have had the good fortune to hear many speakers, including both former Presidents Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. You are without a doubt the best speaker I have ever witnessed. The moment you stepped onto the stage you commanded the room and you captured the hearts of our audience. Your remarks were perfect for the occasion.”
“Nido has mobilized our team members to aspire to act in an uncommonly extraordinary fashion to differentiate ourselves in an industry where doing so has a favorable impact on our customers. When service and relationships distinguish Benco as a value added dental distributor, Nido's message heightens our awareness that it is important to provide a remarkable experience as we uniquely deliver value smile after smile. Team members commented that Nido was the best speaker we have ever had. He did a fantastic job in personalizing his presentation as if he prepared it specifically for Benco. The standing ovation says it all.”
“Nido’s program was perfect and was exactly the type of program we look for to kick off our conference. It included just the right amount of serious message, humor and motivation. Nido was terrific and really made an impact on our minds and our hearts! His message is thought-provoking and will inspire all that hear him speak.”
“Nido did an amazing job and no one moved during his entire presentation. He received a standing ovation and I feel sure our attendees took away valuable information and were motivated to bring new ideas to their businesses. Nido is the consummate professional and a pleasure to work with and I am so glad we were able to share him with our attendees this year!”