Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Dec 19 2002

International Business Leader to Speak at “Fund for Concord” Dinner at the Greenbrier

Athens, W.Va. - Mr. James H. “Buck” Harless, Chairman, International Industries, Inc., will be speaking at the fourth annual Southern West Virginia Fund for Concord Dinner to be held at The Greenbrier, 6 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2003.

Born October 14, 1919 in Taplin, West Virginian James H. “Buck” Harless is one of the most noted philanthropists in the State of West Virginia.

From the humble beginnings of Gilbert Lumber Company, Mr. Harless built a multi-million dollar corporation, the internationally-acclaimed International Industries, Inc., of which he is chairman of the board. During this century Buck Harless has used his resources and influence to make the entire state, particularly his hometown of Gilbert, a better place to live.

Mr. Harless was named “West Virginian of the Year – 1983” by the Charleston Gazette; “Coal Man of the Year – 1976” by the West Virginia Mining and Reclamation Association, and received the City of Hope “Spirit of Life” Award in 1984. Mr. Harless was inducted into the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame in April 1994 and received the John Marshall Medal of Civic Responsibility in October 1994. The West Virginia Bar Association named him “Public Citizen of the Year” in 2000. Mr. Harless was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in 2002 by Junior Achievement of West Virginia, Inc.

“When the history books of the 20th Century are written it will certainly list Mr. James H. ‘Buck’ Harless as one of the outstanding West Virginians of this time,” stated Byron Satterfield, member of the College’s Southern West Virginia Fund Dinner planning committee. “We are lucky to have him lend his name and reputation in support of the scholarship efforts at Concord College.” Satterfield is a member of the Concord College Foundation Board of Directors and is the executive vice president of First Century Bank.

‘Buck’ Harless is a rare business leader who has been successful in a variety of fields -- coal, timber, transportation and hospitality. Aspiring business students would be well advised to follow his example, a good man doing his work extraordinarily well.

“A deep affection for lifelong neighbors in southern West Virginia has prompted his generous outpouring of support for people, communities and institutions in the region. He honors Concord by allowing us to thank him for the great good that he has done.

“I believe that Mr. Harless is one of a handful of people nationally who can legitimately say that they were instrumental in getting President Bush elected.”

The evening's event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Individual tickets for the event are $100. Tables are available for $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. For more information, contact the Concord College Office of Development by Tuesday, January 24, 2003, at 1-304-384-5317 or devly@concord.edu.

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Photo: James H. “Buck” Harless

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