Wilson, Broyhill presented with Crystal Awards

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

There’s a difference between success and significance.

That’s how Keith Millner, senior vice president for CertusBank, opened his speech at CertusBank’s first annual Crystal Awards Tuesday night.

Successful people have lists of accomplishments, Millner said. But significant people go into their communities and open its doors, making it possible for others to have accomplishments as well. The two people honored with Crystal Awards on Tuesday, Peg Broyhill and Janet Wilson, were significant as well as successful, Millner said.  

“When you read their bios, you can’t help but be impressed with what they have accomplished over their lives,” he said. “Because they have been, and continue to be, successful. But, more importantly, they have achieved significance.”

Broyhill is the resident branch manager and senior vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. She has served as board chair of the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for 24 years and has been a board member since 1984.

“She’s made it her mission to understand the rising costs of tuition and books and all that comes with that for a student to be successful, whether it’s scholarships, academic support, childcare, counseling or emergency funds,” Boham said.

Wilson has a lengthy resume of contributions to education, including 16 years on the Caldwell County Board of Education (including time as chairman and vice chairman), 12 years on the North Carolina School Boards Association (including time as president and vice president) and services on various other education-related boards and organizations, including the N.C. General Assembly’s Public Education Policy Council.

In a speech introducing her, Caldwell County Superintendent Steve Stone said Wilson was one of the first people he met in Caldwell, and he was struck by her dedication to children the first time he spoke to her.  

“In that conversation, in that brief conversation, she talked about the children in Caldwell County as if they were her own,” Stone said. “And in that first conversation, in that second conversation and in every conversation I’ve had with Ms. Wilson, it has been about the children of Caldwell County.”