Nido Qubein Bio

I first heard Nido Qubein back when I was an undergraduate and I had bought a set of NSA Speaker Roundtable audio cassettes from Charles “Tremendous” Jones.

I wore Nido’s cassette out while driving around selling books in the summer and while riding back and forth to class during the school year. He is very compelling, transparent and warm!

He has overcome great odds to reach the goals he has set for himself! I look forward to continue to learn from him in the months and years to come.

The following is an introduction to Nido:

Since 1974, Mr. Qubein has given more than 5,000 presentations, received every award in professional speaking and is represented by the best speaker bureaus. He is considered both a motivational speaker and a business speaker with a range of topics covering everything from time management to branding.

Nido Qubein has written more than a dozen books on leadership, sales, communication, and achievement; recorded scores of audio-visual learning products; and hundreds of client-customized products. Some of Nido’s books include:

  • How to Be a Great Communicator
  • How to Be a Great Sales Professional
  • How To Get Anything You Want
  • Stairway to Success
  • The Time is Now, The Person is You

Nido Qubein is the president of High Point University , a liberal arts institution with approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem , North Carolina . The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 33 minors, six graduate-degree programs and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference.

Nido Qubein serves as advisor to some of America's best corporate leaders sharing his extensive business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to help their companies grow and thrive.

He is chairman of three companies including Great Harvest Bread Company (218 stores in 41 states) and Creative Services, Inc. (consulting). He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the 9th largest financial institution in the U.S. , BB&T, which has over $115 billion in assets, and on the corporate board of La-Z-Boy Corporation, one of the world's largest and most recognized furniture retailers. As a motivational speaker, he works with businesses and organizations throughout the world to improve their vision and achieve success.

The National Speakers Association named its Philanthropy Award for Nido. His home city (High Point, N.C.) named him Philanthropist of the Year, as did the Triad Association of Fundraising Executives. The Qubein Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to more than 600 students and to scholarship endowments at several universities. He has chaired many campaigns to help non-profits, and lives by William Barclay's mantra: "Always give without remembering; always receive without forgetting."

Nido Qubein invests one-third of his life in earning, one-third in learning, and one-third in serving. His bio clearly illustrates the life of a person who cares. He is chairman-emeritus of the National Speakers Association Foundation, and is a former trustee on the national YMCA Board of Directors. Over the years, he has served on more than 30 voluntary boards including the High Point Community Foundation and the National Board of American Humanics.

The list of awards and recognitions Nido Qubein has received is long. It includes The Cavett, Ambassador of Free Enterprise, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Alumnus, The Golden Gavel, Master of Influence, Business Leader of the Year, High Point Citizen of the Year, Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (North Carolina’s highest civilian honor) and literally dozens more. (1)

I believe any business; school or organization in the world can learn and benefit from Nido’s wisdom, expertise and experience.

One of my favorite Nido Qubein quotes is:

"You may have the loftiest goals, the highest ideals, the noblest dreams, but remember this, nothing works unless you do."

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