Local North Carolina Businesswoman Nominated to be Ambassador to Finland

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pace Communications

    GREENSBORO, N.C., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the nation's leading
 businesswomen, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, has been nominated by President George
 W. Bush to become Ambassador to Finland.  Hunter is currently president of
 Pace Communications in Greensboro, North Carolina, the largest custom-
 publishing company in the United States.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010427/CHF021 )
     "Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is a trailblazer among female entrepreneurs, and
 her extensive business experience makes her an outstanding choice to further
 strengthen our relationship with the government and people of Finland,"
 President Bush said in announcing the appointment.
     Hunter recently received the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award" from
 the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the "Trailblazer of the Year
 Award" from the Republican Women Leaders Forum.  She is a recipient of the
 Athena Award, given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for her business and civic
 activities.  She also achieved national prominence by serving as National
 Finance Chairman for Elizabeth Dole and then the Executive Committee of the
 National Finance Committee for President Bush/Victory 2000, Department of
 Commerce Transition team, Inauguration Committee and has recently chaired the
 Women Business Leaders Forum at the White House.
     Hunter has long been a progressive force for women in business,
 philanthropy and more recently in politics.
     Founded by Hunter, Pace Communications is best known for publishing
 magazines for Fortune 500 companies including the inflight magazines of Delta
 Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways as well as IGA, Holiday Inn Express,
 Radisson Hotels, NCR and others.  In addition, Pace produces Elegant Bride
 magazine and is involved in the inflight audio and video entertainment
 business.  Pace titles are read by more than 11 million people every month.
 Pace is one of the most award-winning publishing companies in America.
     In addition to her work at Pace, Hunter is a tireless community presence.
 She serves on the international board of directors for Habitat for Humanity,
 and has served as the chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of United
 Way of Greater Greensboro for the past three years and serves on the National
 United Way Leadership board.  She is a member of the Committee of 200, a group
 of prominent worldwide women business leaders, and the Young Presidents'
 Organization.
     Hunter gives credit for her accomplishments to "a supportive family,
 divine intervention and a mother with a low tolerance for failure."  She is
 married to Bynum M. Hunter, an attorney in Greensboro and they have one son,
 Bynum Jr., who is a senior at Woodberry Forest and will enroll at Williams
 College in the fall.
     "I grew up in a family that taught service before self and this
 opportunity to serve my country is truly humbling," said Hunter.  "Finland is
 a nation steeped in courage and commitment to its people -- I am honored and
 look forward to serving the citizens of Finland, my God, my country and my
 president."
 
     HUNTER TIES TO RALEIGH AND WINSTON-SALEM
 
     RALEIGH
     The Hunter family are no strangers to Raleigh.  Her brother, Dr. John T.
 McElveen, is the prominent neuro-otologist in his own practice, Carolina Ear
 and Hearing.  His work was cited internationally several years ago when he
 successfully restored the hearing of a Rwandan Olympic athlete who had lost it
 after being tortured.
 
     WINSTON-SALEM
     Hunter cites a longtime personal connection to Winston-Salem.  Piedmont
 Airlines was Pace Communications' first client.  Pace Magazine for Piedmont
 Airlines was one of the most popular inflight magazines in the history of
 inflight publishing.  She considers Tom Davis, Piedmont founder and Bill
 McGee, president, "mentors and giants in the aviation history of our state."
 
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SOURCE Pace Communications
    GREENSBORO, N.C., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the nation's leading
 businesswomen, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, has been nominated by President George
 W. Bush to become Ambassador to Finland.  Hunter is currently president of
 Pace Communications in Greensboro, North Carolina, the largest custom-
 publishing company in the United States.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010427/CHF021 )
     "Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is a trailblazer among female entrepreneurs, and
 her extensive business experience makes her an outstanding choice to further
 strengthen our relationship with the government and people of Finland,"
 President Bush said in announcing the appointment.
     Hunter recently received the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award" from
 the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the "Trailblazer of the Year
 Award" from the Republican Women Leaders Forum.  She is a recipient of the
 Athena Award, given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for her business and civic
 activities.  She also achieved national prominence by serving as National
 Finance Chairman for Elizabeth Dole and then the Executive Committee of the
 National Finance Committee for President Bush/Victory 2000, Department of
 Commerce Transition team, Inauguration Committee and has recently chaired the
 Women Business Leaders Forum at the White House.
     Hunter has long been a progressive force for women in business,
 philanthropy and more recently in politics.
     Founded by Hunter, Pace Communications is best known for publishing
 magazines for Fortune 500 companies including the inflight magazines of Delta
 Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways as well as IGA, Holiday Inn Express,
 Radisson Hotels, NCR and others.  In addition, Pace produces Elegant Bride
 magazine and is involved in the inflight audio and video entertainment
 business.  Pace titles are read by more than 11 million people every month.
 Pace is one of the most award-winning publishing companies in America.
     In addition to her work at Pace, Hunter is a tireless community presence.
 She serves on the international board of directors for Habitat for Humanity,
 and has served as the chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of United
 Way of Greater Greensboro for the past three years and serves on the National
 United Way Leadership board.  She is a member of the Committee of 200, a group
 of prominent worldwide women business leaders, and the Young Presidents'
 Organization.
     Hunter gives credit for her accomplishments to "a supportive family,
 divine intervention and a mother with a low tolerance for failure."  She is
 married to Bynum M. Hunter, an attorney in Greensboro and they have one son,
 Bynum Jr., who is a senior at Woodberry Forest and will enroll at Williams
 College in the fall.
     "I grew up in a family that taught service before self and this
 opportunity to serve my country is truly humbling," said Hunter.  "Finland is
 a nation steeped in courage and commitment to its people -- I am honored and
 look forward to serving the citizens of Finland, my God, my country and my
 president."
 
     HUNTER TIES TO RALEIGH AND WINSTON-SALEM
 
     RALEIGH
     The Hunter family are no strangers to Raleigh.  Her brother, Dr. John T.
 McElveen, is the prominent neuro-otologist in his own practice, Carolina Ear
 and Hearing.  His work was cited internationally several years ago when he
 successfully restored the hearing of a Rwandan Olympic athlete who had lost it
 after being tortured.
 
     WINSTON-SALEM
     Hunter cites a longtime personal connection to Winston-Salem.  Piedmont
 Airlines was Pace Communications' first client.  Pace Magazine for Piedmont
 Airlines was one of the most popular inflight magazines in the history of
 inflight publishing.  She considers Tom Davis, Piedmont founder and Bill
 McGee, president, "mentors and giants in the aviation history of our state."
 
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