Malcolm Everett III

Malcolm Everett IIIMalcolm E. "Mac" Everett III has been a tireless champion for the city of Charlotte and its universities. Nearly every significant community organization has benefited from his leadership, and nearly every important community development initiative bears his mark.

A native of Macon, Ga., Everett graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Georgia. In 1969, he went to work at the Trust Company of Georgia, now known as SunTrust. In 1978, he and his wife, Andy, moved to Charlotte with their two children, and he began a long and fulfilling career with First Union National Bank, which is now Wachovia - A Wells Fargo Company.

Everett joined First Union as vice president and head of sales for the Trusts and Investments division. He remained at the bank for the next 25 years, serving in key leadership positions in the Capital Management and General Bank divisions. Upon his retirement in 2004, he had served as a senior executive vice president and director of corporate and community affairs.

He also became a vital member of the Charlotte community, rolling up his sleeves and pitching in to help improve everything from health care, to public education, to the arts, sports and entertainment. Some of the organizations and corporations that have benefited from Everett's leadership include the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation; Carolinas HealthCare System; Piedmont Natural Gas; Charlotte Regional Partnership; YMCA of Greater Charlotte; Community Building Initiative; Arts and Science Council; Levine Museum of the New South; United Way of Central Carolinas; Charlotte Regional Sports Commission; Charlotte Chamber; Charlotte Bobcats; and the Wachovia Championship, now the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Over the years, part of Everett's service to the community has included serving on several important search committees. He chaired the search committees that selected Michael Tarwater, chief executive officer at Carolinas HealthCare System; Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan; and YMCA President and CEO Andy Calhoun; in addition to serving as co-chair of the committee that selected UNC-Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois.

On the state level, Everett has served as chair of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and as a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Board. Everett has been a catalyst for the growth and development of the greater Charlotte community. He is living proof of the old aphorism that "one person can make a difference."