Edward Carroll Joyner, NC State University alumnus and entrepreneur whose achievements include the expansion of the Golden Corral restaurant chain: From humble beginnings, Mr. Joyner earned his way through NC State, went on to start his first business in 1961 (Western Auto retail store), before investing in real estate. He invested in the Golden Corral Restaurants, opening the chain's second restaurant in 1972 in Fayetteville, NC. During his association with Golden Corral restaurants, the number of restaurants grew to 148. Mr. Joyner continues his entrepreneurial endeavors with steak restaurants in North and South Carolina. A 1956 graduate of NC State, Mr. Joyner is a recipient of the university's Watauga Medal.