2018 Conference Schedule
Bastiat Society Dinner and Reception Speaker
Thursday, August 2
6:30 - 9:00pm
39 John Street | Charleston, SC 29403
Fmr Chairman and CEO of BB&T, Corp.
Note: Talk begins promptly at 7pm
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Registration includes buffet dinner
Full Cash Bar Available
Dinner Keynote Speaker
Former CEO and Chairman of BB&T Corporation
John Allison is an Executive in Residence at the Wake Forest School of Business. He is a member of the Cato Institute’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Allison was president and CEO of the Cato Institute from October 2012 to April 2015.
Prior to joining Cato, Allison was chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, the 10th-largest financial services holding company headquartered in the United States. During his tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. He was recognized by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.
Friday, August 3
Conference: Wells Fargo Auditorium | 5 Liberty Street | Charleston, SC 29401
Lunch: Teacher Education Center | 14 St. Phillip Street | Charleston, SC 29401
8:00 - 8:30am
Registration, Coffee, and Pastries
8:30 - 10:00am
Jerry Ellig | Mercatus
Peter Frank | Wingate University
Siri Terjesen | American University
Panel Chair: Peter Calcagno | College of Charleston
10:15 - 11:45am
Educational Entrepreneurship and Charter Schools
Erik Root|The Roger Bacon Academy
Terry Stoops | The John Locke Foundation
Don McLaurin |SC Charter School District Board (past chair)
Panel Chair: Roy Cordato | John Locke Foundation
12:00 - 1:45pm
Location: 14 St. Phillip Street
Lunch and Keynote Talk
2:00 - 3:30pm
Entrepreneurship: "The Good, the Okay, and the Ugly"
Roland Feldman | Smoke BBQ
Sen. Sandy Senn | South Carolina State Senate
Frank Hefner | The College of Charleston
Panel Chair: Brad DeVos | American Institute for Economic Research
3:45 - 5:00pm
Improving Public Policy Through Research
John Tynan | Conservation Voters of South Carolina
Becki Gray | John Locke Foundation
Thomas Hazlett | Clemson University
Panel Chair: Jenna Robinson | James Martin Center
Panels, speakers, and schedule subject to change.
Conference Keynote and Lunch Speaker
Founder and Owner of CaptiveAire Systems
Recognizing the demand for a quality manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation equipment, Bob Luddy purchased a sheet metal shop in 1981 and transformed it into CaptiveAire Systems. Today, CaptiveAire employs over 1,200 individuals, with 90 sales offices and six manufacturing facilities nationwide, and sales over $400 million in 2017.
A strong advocate of excellent education, Bob establishes schools which help youth develop good character and reasoning skills. In 1998, Bob established Franklin Academy, a public charter school in Wake Forest, which now serves over 1,600 K-12 students. In 2001, Bob founded St. Thomas More Academy, a classical, college preparatory high school in Raleigh. In 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy, a network of private schools offering a high quality Pre-K-12 education at an affordable tuition.
The Luddy Schools are quickly growing, with nearly 5,000 students enrolled throughout the Raleigh area. Bob is an avid supporter of entrepreneurs and the free market system.
Check out this Reason report and video on his efforts.