1. Guilford County Schools

Employees: 9,545

Leadership: Sharon Contreras, superintendent; nine-member Board of Education chaired by Deena Hayes-Greene

Fast facts: Third largest district in North Carolina, serving nearly 72,000 students across 126 schools. ... Just more than half of the employees are teachers (4,793), and there are also 1,094 teacher assistants. ... District includes 45 magnet schools with 54 programs, 187 Career and Technical Education courses in 50 schools, and 30 Advanced Placement high school courses. ... GCS also offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate program at four high schools. Nine early and middle colleges allow students to earn up to two years of college credit while attending high school.

2. Cone Health

Employees: 9,287

Leadership: Terry Akin, CEO; F.D. Hornaday III, board chairman

Fast facts: Integrated not-for-profit network of health care providers serving Guilford, Forsyth, Rockingham, Alamance, Randolph, Caswell and surrounding counties. ... Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the state’s seventh best hospital in 2018-19. ... Has more than 12,000 employees, 1,300 physicians and 1,200 volunteers across the region. ... Its network comprises more than 100 locations, including six hospitals, three ambulatory care centers, three outpatient surgery centers and three urgent care centers. ... Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, a 517-bed teaching hospital and referral center in Greensboro, is the flagship. ... Opened in 1953.

3. City of Greensboro

Employees: 2,945

Leadership: Nancy Vaughan, mayor; David Parrish, city manager; nine-member City Council

Fast facts: Provides government services including police, fire, water, sewer, transportation and recreation facilities. ... The city also operates the Greensboro Coliseum complex of eight venues including the Coliseum (capacity 22,000), the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the Special Events Center, the Fieldhouse and the White Oak Amphitheatre and the Odeon Theater. ... The Greensboro Public Library has eight locations, including the Central Library, and also operates the Greensboro History Museum.

4. Ralph Lauren Corp.

n Employees: 2,853

n Fast facts: Ralph Lauren Corp., founded in 1967, is a global leader in the design, marketing, and distribution of premium lifestyle products, including apparel, accessories, home furnishings, and other licensed product categories. ... Local operations include distribution center, tech center, design and office operations at locations in Greensboro, High Point and Kernersville. ... High Point’s largest employer.

5. Guilford County

Employees: 2,603

Leadership: Alan Branson, chairman of nine-member Board of Commissioners; Marty Lawing, county manager

Fast facts: North Carolina’s third most populous county is the only one in the state with two courthouses — one in the county seat of Greensboro and one in High Point. ... Provides basic government services for county residents, including emergency services, parks and recreation, libraries and social services. ... Sheriff BJ Barnes has served in his current role since 1994. ... County was formed in 1771.

6. High Point Regional UNC Health Care

Employees: 2,500

Leadership: Ernie Bovio, president and CEO

Fast facts: Offers 351 private beds for medical and surgical patients and has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, The Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, Culp Women’s Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center. ... Founded in 1904 by the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. ... Merged with UNC Health Care in 2013.


Employees: 2,481

Leadership: Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., chancellor

Fast facts: Enrollment is more than 19,000, including more than 16,000 undergraduate students. Offers more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. ... About 1,000 faculty members. ... Student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1. Average class size is 25 students. ... Established as a women’s college by legislative enactment and opened as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892. Became the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina in 1932 and changed again to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro when men were first admitted in 1963.

8. U.S. Postal Service

Employees: 2,300

Fast facts: In addition to local post offices and delivery operations, the U.S. Postal Service operates a 450,000-square-foot distribution and processing center on West Wendover Avenue. The center serves more than 2.5 million addresses and handles more than 9 million pieces of mail a day in the pre-Christmas rush.

8. Volvo Trucks North America

n Employees: 2,200

Leadership: Peter Voorhoeve, president

Fast facts: One of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corp. formed in 1988 as joint venture between Volvo and General Motors Corp. Volvo purchased all of General Motors’ interests in 1997 and changed the company’s name to Volvo Trucks North America. ... Mack Trucks moved its headquarters and 580 jobs to Greensboro in 2010 when Mack joined Volvo Truck North America as a subsidiary.

9. BB&T

Employees: 1,900

Leadership: Kelly King, chairman and CEO

Fast facts: A top 10 financial services company with 2,150 branches in 15 states. ... Headquartered in Winston-Salem with a large customer service operation in Greensboro near Piedmont Triad International Airport. ... Founded in Wilson in 1872, and moved to the Triad in 1995 as part of a merger with Southern National Corp. in Winston-Salem.

10. United Health Care

Employees: 1,878

Leadership: Anita Bachmann, VP of business development

Fast facts: Serves more than 25 million consumers through various health service systems. ... Offers medical, life insurance, vision, dental, disability and pharmacy health plans. ... Provides access to health care through more than 470,000 physicians and over 4,500 hospitals throughout the United States. ... Founded in 1977. ... A subsidiary of United Health Group.

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