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John A. Allison

Chairman, Executive Advisory Council, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute
John Allison

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 theHarvard Business Reviewas one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.

Allison has received the Corning Award for Distinguished Leadership, been inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from theAmerican Banker. He is the author ofThe Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy’s Only HopeandThe Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why the Future of Business Depends on the Return to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. In addition, he is a former Distinguished Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University School of Business, and serves on the Board of Visitors at the business schools at Wake Forest, Duke, and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Allison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He received his master’s degree in management from Duke University and is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Allison is the recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees.


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Publications and Multimedia
14th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture
Engage Volume 16, Issue 2
September 24, 2015
Address by John Allison - Event Audio
2015 Annual Western Chapters Conference
February 10, 2015
14th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: A Conversation with John A. Allison
Engage Volume 14, Issue 2 July 2013
November 05, 2013
The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure - Podcast
Financial Service & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
March 04, 2013
The U.S. Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 26, 2011
Re-Privatization of the Financial Sector - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 13, 2009