2018 Conference Schedule

Bastiat Society Dinner and Reception Speaker

Thursday, August 2

6:30 - 9:00pm

39 John Street | Charleston, SC 29403


"Principled Leadership"


John Allison

Fmr Chairman and CEO of BB&T, Corp.

Note: Talk begins promptly at 7:30pm

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Registration includes buffet dinner

Full Cash Bar Available

Dinner Keynote Speaker

John Allison

Former CEO and Chairman of BB&T Corporation

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 the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 most successful CEOs in the world over the last decade.

Friday, August 3

Conference: Wells Fargo Auditorium | 5 Liberty Street | Charleston, SC 29401

Lunch: Teacher Education Center | 14 St. Phillip Street | Charleston, SC 29401

8:00 - 8:30am

Registration, Coffee, and Pastries


8:30 - 10:00am

Academic Panel


Jerry Ellig | George Washington University

Peter Frank | Wingate University

Siri Terjesen | American University

Panel Chair: Peter Calcagno | College of Charleston


10:15 - 11:45am

Educational Entrepreneurship and Charter Schools


Erik Root | The Roger Bacon Academy

Terry Stoops | The John Locke Foundation

Don McLaurin | SC Charter School District Board (past chair)

Panel Chair: Roy Cordato | John Locke Foundation


12:00 - 1:45pm

Location: 14 St. Phillip Street

Lunch and Keynote Talk


Bob Luddy


2:00 - 3:30pm

Entrepreneurship: "The Good, the Okay, and the Ugly"


Roland Feldman | Smoke BBQ

Sen. Sandy Senn | South Carolina State Senate

Frank Hefner | The College of Charleston

Panel Chair: Brad DeVos | American Institute for Economic Research


3:45 - 5:00pm

Improving Public Policy Through Research


John Tynan | Conservation Voters of South Carolina

Becki Gray | John Locke Foundation

Thomas Hazlett | Clemson University

Panel Chair: Jenna Robinson | James Martin Center

Panels, speakers, and schedule subject to change.

Conference Keynote and Lunch Speaker

Bob Luddy

Founder and Owner of CaptiveAire Systems

Recognizing the demand for a quality manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation equipment, Bob Luddy purchased a sheet metal shop in 1981 and transformed it into CaptiveAire Systems. Today, CaptiveAire employs over 1,200 individuals, with 90 sales offices and six manufacturing facilities nationwide, and sales over $400 million in 2017.

A strong advocate of excellent education, Bob establishes schools which help youth develop good character and reasoning skills. In 1998, Bob established Franklin Academy, a public charter school in Wake Forest, which now serves over 1,600 K-12 students. In 2001, Bob founded St. Thomas More Academy, a classical, college preparatory high school in Raleigh. In 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy, a network of private schools offering a high quality Pre-K-12 education at an affordable tuition.

The Luddy Schools are quickly growing, with nearly 5,000 students enrolled throughout the Raleigh area. Bob is an avid supporter of entrepreneurs and the free market system.

Check out this Reason report and video on his efforts.