Charlotte businessman Mac Everett joined the ranks of Hugh McColl Jr. and Ben Bernanke when he was named the 2014 Citizen of the Carolinas, a prestigious award given by the Charlotte Chamber each year.
Everett’s selection was announced Wednesday during the chamber’s visit to Minneapolis by the chamber chair and the CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, where he currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
Everett came to Charlotte from Macon, Ga. in 1978, when he accepted a position with First Union. He was there for more than 25 years, during which the bank merged with Wachovia (now Wells Fargo). He retired in 2004 as Wachovia’s senior executive president and director of corporate and community affairs.
Since retirement, Everett has spent his time volunteering. In addition to serving on the board of the Carolinas HealthCare, Everett is the general chairman of the Wells Fargo Championship, vice chairman of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s board of directors and chairman of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship’s President’s Council.
He holds numerous leadership roles in the community, as well. Everett has occupied positions on the boards of UNC Charlotte, United Way of Central Carolinas, The Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation and the Charlotte Bobcats. He also served as the Carolina Chamber chairman in 1997.
“I can think of no one more deserving than Mac Everett for this honor,” said Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare. “He embodies the very spirit that has helped shape Charlotte into the vibrant metropolitan area it is today.”
Everett will officially receive the award at the Dec. 2 chamber meeting.