Executives in Residence are a tremendous resource for the college, providing insight and perspective from their experience in business and industry. Executives in Residence are often guest speakers in Poole College classes, provide guidance to student organizations, serve as judges for competitions and assist with establishing connections with the business community. Poole College’s development staff members Vicki Burrows and Trudi Brown may assist faculty and student organizations interested in connecting with our Executives in Residence.
Executives in Residence
- Ron Doggett
Ron Doggett joined Poole College’s Executives in Residence program in 2000, following his retirement in 1999 as chairman, president and chief executive officer of GoodMark Foods, Inc. The $200 million corporation is a leading producer and marketer of branded meat snacks, including the Slim Jim brand. In 2004, he was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame. At Poole College, he speaks with students about career opportunities, is a guest lecturer and assists the college with connections in the business community.
- Bill Everett
Bill Everett joined Poole College’s team as Executive in Residence in 2011, following his retirement as executive vice president and chief financial officer from Tekelec. While at Tekelec, from 2004 to April 2010, Everett was responsible for all aspects of finance, information technology, corporate development and oversight of the company’s private investments. In late 2005 and early 2006, he also served as acting chief executive officer of the company. Earlier in his career, he co-founded Maps a la Carte, an Internet mapping and spatial company which was sold in a successful exit for investors. He is available to talk with students, present guest lectures and assist the college with connections in the business community.
- Ernie Roessler
Ernie Roessler joined Poole College’s Executives in Residence program in 2005, following his retirement as chairman, president and chief executive officer of National Commerce Financial Corporation. He has been lecturing and assisting with career coaching for students, working with faculty on special programs and assisting with community relations on behalf of the college. He brings more than 40 years of successful leadership experience in the financial services industry.
- Sam Straight
Sam Straight joined Poole College’s Executives in Residence in 1999, after retiring from GlaxoSmithKline where he was chief procurement officer for nearly 17 years and then served as group director for 16 years. Mr. Straight has been involved in the initial development of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative in Poole College. More recently, he has worked closely with the Biosciences Management Initiative in the college’s Jenkins Graduate School. He serves as a lecturer and assists with securing practicum projects and guest speakers for the Jenkins MBA concentration in biosciences management.