North Carolina Businesswoman nominated to Be Ambassador to Finland; Has Ties to South Carolina

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 on the Executive Committee of the
 National Finance Committee for President Bush/Victory 2000, the Department of
 Commerce Transition team and the 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 and
 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 HAS TIES TO SOUTH CAROLINA
 
     COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA:
     Hunter was born in Columbia at Providence Hospital.  Both her father,
 John T. McElveen and her grandmother, Margaret Pendleton McElveen, lived at
 2024 Wheat Street.  Don and Wanda McElveen, her uncle and aunt, still reside
 locally, as do their two children, Meg and Adrian.
 
     MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA:
     The Hunter family are no strangers to Myrtle Beach.  Her sister,
 Tweed McElveen Bogache, is the owner of McElveen Designs & Antiques, and is
 married to Dr. William Bogache, a urologist, at Grand Strand Urology.  Her
 sister was also the host of the most successful fundraiser in Myrtle Beach for
 a presidential candidate, Elizabeth Dole.
 
     KINGTREE, SOUTH CAROLINA:
     Her mother, Madeline Bonneau Brown McElveen, was born in Kingtree, as were
 her mother's siblings, Thelma Brown Haddock, Mauldin Brown and Edwin Brown.
 
     FAIRFAX, SOUTH CAROLINA:
 Hunter also has family in Fairfax.  Her uncle, Eugene McElveen, lives locally
 with his wife, Mott.
 
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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 on the Executive Committee of the
 National Finance Committee for President Bush/Victory 2000, the Department of
 Commerce Transition team and the 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 and
 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 HAS TIES TO SOUTH CAROLINA
 
     COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA:
     Hunter was born in Columbia at Providence Hospital.  Both her father,
 John T. McElveen and her grandmother, Margaret Pendleton McElveen, lived at
 2024 Wheat Street.  Don and Wanda McElveen, her uncle and aunt, still reside
 locally, as do their two children, Meg and Adrian.
 
     MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA:
     The Hunter family are no strangers to Myrtle Beach.  Her sister,
 Tweed McElveen Bogache, is the owner of McElveen Designs & Antiques, and is
 married to Dr. William Bogache, a urologist, at Grand Strand Urology.  Her
 sister was also the host of the most successful fundraiser in Myrtle Beach for
 a presidential candidate, Elizabeth Dole.
 
     KINGTREE, SOUTH CAROLINA:
     Her mother, Madeline Bonneau Brown McElveen, was born in Kingtree, as were
 her mother's siblings, Thelma Brown Haddock, Mauldin Brown and Edwin Brown.
 
     FAIRFAX, SOUTH CAROLINA:
 Hunter also has family in Fairfax.  Her uncle, Eugene McElveen, lives locally
 with his wife, Mott.
 
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