Forrest Pulley has 40 years’ experience as small business owner, a business professor at a private college, and an AT&T executive. During a 25-year career with AT&T, he held a variety of positions in operations, sales, research and development and administration. Following his career at AT&T, Forrest worked in the small business environment as a Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer in the insurance and mental health fields. Forrest then became a faculty member and, subsequently Division Chair of the Business Administration Program at Lees-McRae College. His responsibilities included the overall leadership of the Department as well as teaching courses in marketing, leadership, small business development and entrepreneurship. Subsequently, along with two partners, he formed an online counseling business, iTherapy, which he continues to operate today
Forrest has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Elon College, a Masters in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, and spent seven years in the Air Force as a C-130 navigator. He has been involved in numerous community activities including Junior Achievement Board of Trustees, Board of Directors for United Way of Wake County, President of Homeowners’ Association, and Board Member and Vice President of the Avery County Chamber of Commerce. He has also volunteered for many community activities such as youth coaching and the Sparta Kids Triathlon. He is married to Carol Pulley and has three wonderful children and eight beautiful grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf, hiking, landscaping and travelling where he has visited all 50 states and over 50 countries.