Joe Hice, NC State’s chief communications officer and former director of corporate communications for Harley-Davidson, worked for a while with new Alumni Association Executive Director Benny Suggs ’69 at the motorcycle maker. He shares a few thoughts about Suggs today on his blog:
There are a few people in our lives that make a lasting impression. Benny Suggs is one of those who made a lasting impression on my life. Benny was an admiral in the U.S. Navy when we first met and he and his office helped me organize an event for Harley-Davidson at the Navy base in San Diego.
Benny is a devoted Harley rider and I knew he was also a loyal member of the Wolfpack less than five minutes after we met. Somehow the conversation just made it’s way to NC State way back when.
Benny left the Navy shortly after we met and he joined Harley-Davidson where I was working. We had some great years together, working on the growth and expansion of Harley-Davidson University — his first job in higher education:-) — and on a couple of projects that are burned into my consciousness. When you meet him just ask about the work we did for the Navy Seals or the ride to New York City with a number of Harley-Davidson Police and Firefighter Motorcycles the week after 9/11. The images will never go away.