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Al Bell, Jr. ’60: “KA taught me leadership qualities…”
(L-R) Griffin Bell, Libby Bell, Al Bell, Carol Ann Bell and Mary Caroline Lee.

Q: Why did you join KA Order in the first place?

A: I joined KA Order because several friends joined at both UGA and Emory University from my home town of Columbus, Georgia.

Q: What is your favorite memory from the chapter?

A: Friends and relationships I made while in school.

Q: Do you still keep in contact with any brothers?

A:  I do still keep in touch with several brothers, and I am 76 years old.

Q: Tell us about the company for which you are President.

A: I own a chemical company called Chemtek, LLC, and it is a water treatment chemical company.  We treat boilers and cooling towers chemically and service them to prevent corrosion in boiler tubes and prevent algae from growing in cooling towers.  Water treatment these days is very technical.  I also run a company for my son called Sandpiper Company, LLC.  It is an industrial cleaning company that cleans offices, buildings, new construction, new homes, etc.

Q: How did your time in KA Order help to prepare you for that role?

A:  KA taught me leadership qualities such as independent thinking, politeness, chivalry, and was based on tradition of the old South that we could study southern leaders such as Robert E. Lee, and try to emulate their best qualities.

Q: What have you been up to since graduation?

A:  I have three children and eleven grandchildren.  My oldest daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from Wake Forest University and Yale Divinity School. My second child, Mary Caroline, graduated from Wake Forest University and earned a Master’s degree from UGA in Educational Counseling.  My third child, Griffin Bell, also graduated from Wake Forest University and University of South Carolina Law School.  He has his own law firm here in Greenville, SC. 

I have been married for 47 years to my wife, Carol Ann, and she also attended graduate school at Wake Forest University in English.  I took a three year Executive course at Harvard Business School called ‘Owner President Management School’.  We attended classes in Cambridge, MA for six weeks each year and then read case studies from home.  We had to own our own business and operate it to qualify to attend this course.  I have also played golf for many years, and we have a home at Kiawah Island, SC.  We love the beach.

Q: What would you consider as your greatest accomplishment?

A: Persuading my wife, Carol Ann, to marry me and raising three children here in Greenville, SC.

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