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Dr. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, no contacts and only $50 in his pocket. His life has been an amazing success story. As an educator, he is president of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,500 students from over 51 countries and 44 states. He has written numerous books and scores of audio and video learning programs distributed worldwide. His foundation provides scholarships to 48 deserving young people each year. To-date the Qubein Foundation has granted more than 700 scholarships, worth over six million dollars. As a business leader, he is chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states and past president of the Big South Athletic Conference. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T, a Fortune 500 company with 155 billion-dollars in assets, the La-Z-Boy Corporation, one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide and DOTS, a fashion apparel company with 420 stores in 26 states. As a speaker, Dr. Qubein has received many distinctions. Toastmasters International named him Top Business and Commerce Speaker and awarded him the Golden Gavel Medal. He is the youngest person ever inducted in the International Hall of Fame and is the founder of the prestigious National Speakers Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. He is in great demand to speak to business and professional groups around the world each year. He has been the recipient of many honors including, the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (North Carolina's highest civic award), three honorary doctorates, Citizen of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year in his home city of High Point, North Carolina, induction into the Global Society for Outstanding Business Leadership, and dozens more.
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