Born April 5, 1924, Paul Hunt Broyhill was raised in a furniture family. He started working at odd jobs around the family plants at an early age and at various times has worked in many different capacities.
His college career was interrupted for approximately three years by the Army, in which he served as an Infantry Sergeant, then Technical Sergeant. He completed his college education after the war, graduating from the University of North Carolina with honors, including Phi Beta Kappa.
Until December 31, 1985, he was active full time in the family’s furniture business, Broyhill Furniture Industries. As a young man he started in sales and merchandising and very quickly took charge of product development, styling and pricing the line, scheduling production, organizing and developing a strong sales force, customer relations and other sales-related duties. In 1959, he became President of the company. At the time of his retirement from Broyhill at the end of 1985, he was Chairman of the Board and Broyhill was the most widely recognized furniture brand in America. His accomplishments have been acknowledged by numerous awards and by honorary doctorates from four universities.
His primary interests now include Chairman of the BMC Fund, Inc. Broyhill Investments, Inc., Broyhill Realty, Inc. and the Broyhill Family Foundation. Inc.
While he has devoted most of his time to business, he has also participated in various church and civic activities. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Lenoir, North Carolina and has served in many capacities in the church, including Sunday School teacher, member and Chairman of the Board of Deacons (recently was made a Life Deacon), Trustee of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and Trustee of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary of Wake Forest, Wake Forest University Trustee and presently is the sponsor of Broyhill Leadership Camps which operate five summer camps for youth in several southern states.
In addition to these activities, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Dallas Market Center, Dallas, Texas, and the Board of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association at High Point, North Carolina.
He has also served on the Board of Directors and advisory Councils of various colleges and universities. He is a Director of the First Union National Bank of Lenoir and the Mackenzie Mutual Funds. He has an active interest in various political activities, having previously served as a Director of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, a non-partisan organization which promotes candidates favorable to business and the Free
Enterprise System of government. He is a member of the North Carolina Citizens Association and the NCFREE Association.
One of his most recent endeavors has been the developing of the Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir and the Broyhill Walking Park in Blowing Rock, N. C. which are used by many people in Caldwell and Watauga Counties.
He was married to a former Miss North Carolina, Faye Arnold, of Raleigh, North Carolina and they have three children—Caron Broyhill Wilson of Cornelius, N. C., Claire Broyhill Davis of Chapel Hill, N. C. and Hunt Broyhill of Hickory, N. C. and seven grandchildren. After the death of his first wife, he married Karen Rabon of Salisbury, NC.
In his younger days, Paul Broyhill traveled extensively, both in this country and abroad. He was a private pilot until the age of 84, having accumulated over 10,000 flight hours.