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Almay, Ted

September 8, 2014

Global Chief Security Officer – Deloitte

Ted Almay is the Chief Security Officer for Deloitte, a accounting and tax firm with over 125,000 employees world wide. Ted is responsible for physical security, business continuity and disaster/pandemic planning, executive protection, travel security, corporate investigations and other key security programs for over 125 offices in the U.S. and overseas.

 

Prior to joining Deloitte, he was the Assistant Vice President of Security for USAA in San Antonio, Texas and also served as the Director of Security for American Electric Power(AEP) in Columbus, Ohio. Ted served over 20 years in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, retiring as the Superintendent with responsibility for the state DNA and crime labs, criminal history records and investigative operations. He was a field artillery officer in the United States Army and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton. He is married with 2 daughters and resides near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ariely, Dan

dan20arielyMarch 12, 2012

It’s become increasingly obvious that the dismal science of economics is not as firmly grounded in actual behavior as was once supposed.  Dan Ariely tells us why we, our employees and our customers are “Predictably Irrational.”
 
Despite our best efforts, bad or inexplicable decisions are as inevitable as death and taxes and the grocery store running out of your favorite flavor of ice cream. They’re also just as predictable. Why, for instance, are we convinced that “sizing up” at our favorite burger joint is a good idea, even when we’re not that hungry? Why are our phone lists cluttered with numbers we never call? Dan Ariely, behavioral economist, has based his career on figuring out the answers to these questions, and in his bestselling book Predictably Irrational (re-released in expanded form in May 2009), he describes many unorthodox and often downright odd experiments used in the quest to answer this question.
 
Dan is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, where he holds appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the School of Medicine, and the department of Economics. He is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight.
 
Ariely has long been fascinated with how emotional states, moral codes and peer pressure affect our ability to make rational and often extremely important decisions in our daily lives — across a spectrum of our interests, from economic choices (how should I invest?) to personal (who should I marry?). At Duke, he’s aligned with three departments (business, economics and cognitive neuroscience); he’s also a visiting professor in MIT’s Program in Media Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. His hope that studying and understanding the decision-making process can help people lead better, more sensible daily lives.
 
He produces a weekly podcast, Arming the Donkeys, featuring chats with researchers in the social and natural sciences.

“If you want to know why you always buy a bigger television than you intended, or why you think it’s perfectly fine to spend a few dollars on a cup of coffee at Starbucks, or why people feel better after taking a 50-cent aspirin but continue to complain of a throbbing skull when they’re told the pill they took just cost one penny, Ariely has the answer.”

Daniel Gross, Newsweek

Atkinson, June

April 10, 2014

NC State Secretary of Public Instruction

June St. Clair Atkinson is the first woman elected State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina and has served in this position since August 2005.

 

As State Superintendent, Dr. Atkinson understands the importance of improving teaching and learning, creating school environments that encourage student success, keeping education modern and relevant, and graduating every student career and college ready.

 

In leading the Department of Public Instruction, Dr. Atkinson is directing the groundbreaking Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) initiative to revitalize the state’s curriculum and accountability programs. North Carolina’s landmark Race to the Top Grant is helping support this work in addition to several other key reform initiatives such as transforming low-performing schools. Dr. Atkinson also is focused on ensuring students have the opportunity to learn the technical skills that are important in today’s global economy. Thanks to partnerships with numerous corporations, North Carolina is able to advance the skills of both teachers and students, as well as transform learning, and ultimately student achievement.

 

As State Superintendent, Dr. Atkinson oversees almost 1.5 million students in over 2,500 public schools. She has more than 35 years of experience in education. During her career, she has served as a chief consultant and director in the areas of business education, career and technical education, and instructional services within the NCDPI. A former business education teacher, Dr. Atkinson has been involved in instruction and curriculum development throughout her career.

 

She has received numerous awards over the years including recent accolades such as the Champion of Children Award from the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, the State Policy Maker of the Year Award from the National Association for State Educational Technology Directors, and the North Carolina Association of Educators Inclusive Leadership Award. In addition, Dr. Atkinson has held many professional offices and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Chief State School Officers.

 

Dr. Atkinson received a bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Radford University, a master’s degree in Vocational and Technical Education from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from North Carolina State University.

Bailey, Joe

baileyMarch 11, 2013

Managing Director, RSR Partners

Joe is Managing Partner, Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group. The Group advises on effective leadership and solving complex problems that involve vision, strategic alignment, general management/execution, and talent management. Their work is for owners, boards, companies, associations, federations and government entities – all of whom are involved in the “global sport ecosystem.”

 

Joe is uniquely qualified for this role having had hands-on experience in virtually every facet of the business of sport. Joe has held leadership roles – both global and domestic, with the Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League/World League, the National Thoroughbred Horseracing Association, and the InterCompete Group. He has served as CEO of Dolphins Enterprises, the Miami Dolphins, and Dolphins Stadium. Since May 2012, Mr. Bailey has also served as the interim Commissioner of the Big East.

 

Earlier in his career, Joe spent 10 years in executive search consulting where he built and led the Media, Sport and Entertainment practice of a global search firm. During his tenure, he was the Partner in charge of the flagship New York office and completed more than 150 assignments and special projects. His overall experience in building, starting, or turning around complex entities brings a unique insight, perspective, and value.

 

Recognizing Joe’s deep understanding of what is required to build peak performance organizations, the Sporting News called him the most influential recruiter in sports, and included him on its list of The 100 Most Powerful People in Sports. Joe is a frequent media guest speaker on the “Future of Global Sport.”

 

Joe serves on the advisory board of Duke University’s Fuqua Business School’s Center of Leadership and Ethics, is an adjunct professor at Duke Sports Medicine Center, is on the advisory board of Beyond Sport, serves on the Task Force for Diversity for the USOC, and is the relationship partner for the International Academy of Sport, Technology, and Science in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Joe attended the University of North Carolina where he earned his AB in Political Science. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Christensen, Rob

robchristensenbioRob Christensen, Columnist

News & Observer

 

Rob Christensen has been writing about North Carolina politics as a reporter and columnist for The News and Observer for 43 years. He has also appeared on more than 550 TV and radio programs to comment on politics including the CBS Evening News, MSNBC”s Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, CNN’s Crossfire and Happening Now on Fox News. In 2008, UNC Press published his history of 20th century politics, The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics, which won the award for the best work of non fiction that year by the N.C. Literary and Historical Association. He is currently finishing a book on the Scott family political dynasty. He has also contributed to four other books on Southern or North Carolina life or politics.

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Clark-Sellers, Lee

lee-clark-sellers1May 14, 2012

Chief Innovation Officer Ply Gem Industries 

Lee Clark-Sellers recently joined Ply Gem Industries as Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Ms. Clark-Sellers will be leading the effort to to help take innovation from merely a concept or catch phrase to a resourceful approach to how Ply Gem does business overall and transitions to a culture that’s rooted in innovation. This role will be heavily externally focused as Ply Gem strengthens its strategic partnerships.

 

Prior to Ply Gem, Ms. Clark-Sellers was the Executive Program Director for Executive Education, based in North Carolina State’s Poole College of Management. Ms. Clark-Sellers established and facilitated the Innovation Management Executive Series: Managing Disruptive Innovation. She also consulted with companies in Pharma and Advanced Chemicals to establish innovation programs.

 

Ms Clark-Sellers spent over 20 years with Nortel Networks, involved in all aspects of research and development, from product development to IP commercialization. As an innovative engineering leader, Ms. Clark-Sellers led the CTO’s 2010 Vancouver/London Olympic Innovation program, established software labs and partnerships in Asia and Eastern Europe while based in Mumbai India, and developed a software development platform implemented throughout Nortel.

 

She is also the Founder and Chair of “Innovation in RTP,” and serves on the Industrial Board of Directors at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. She is an Industrial Fellow with the Center of Innovation Management Studies (CIMS), based in North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. Ms. Clark-Sellers sits on the Advisory Board of NCSU Executive Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Eleoctrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in the Management of Technology, both from NC State University.

Colopy, Joe

joecolopy2Sept. 14, 2015

Joe Colopy, Founder & CEO – Bronto Software

Joe Colopy is Founder and CEO of Bronto Software. Bronto provides a cloud-based commerce marketing automation platform to mid-market and enterprise organizations worldwide. Bronto is the number one ranked email marketing provider to the Internet Retailer Top 1000, with a client roster of leading brands, including Armani Exchange, Timex, Samsonite, Theory and Vince Camuto.

 

In 2002, Joe founded Bronto out of his house with Chaz Felix and grew it to employ over 280 people in its headquarters in Durham, North Carolina and across its offices in London, Sydney, New York and Los Angeles. In June 2015, Bronto was acquired by NetSuite (NYSE: N) for $200 million, making it one of the largest acquisitions ever of a bootstrapped cloud-based company.

 

Joe is a past winner of Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas. Earlier in his career, he was an online marketer for Red Hat and a teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps (Seychelles Islands). He earned an AB in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cowell, Janet

janelcowell2May 12, 2014

North Carolina State Treasure

Janet Cowell is North Carolina’s popularly elected Treasurer and is the first woman to hold the office. With over 20 years of private and public-sector financial leadership, Cowell oversees more than 80 billion dollars in pension investments for the more than 875,000 teachers, firefighters, and public employees in North Carolina. As Treasurer, she manages the 32nd largest public pension in the world.

 

While many public plans are struggling to meet financial obligations, North Carolina’s pension system is ranked 2nd in the nation. In 2013, Treasurer Cowell was named one of the top 25 public pension executives in the world by Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, and is one of only two United States fund managers to rank in the top 25 globally.

Under Cowell’s executive leadership, North Carolina is one of only nine states in the country to earn a AAA bond rating by all three rating agencies – the ultimate good housekeeping seal of approval for fiscal strength. North Carolina also has the most AAA-rated local governments of any state, which keeps borrowing costs for taxpayers low for schools, roads, and other needed infrastructure.

 

Cowell is a member of the State Board of Education and a champion for improvements in education, including financial education. Because of her efforts, North Carolina’s Kindergarten through 12th grade students began receiving financial education as part of their curriculum in 2012.

 

Recently, Cowell stepped up to oversee the State Health Plan, ensuring access to affordable health care for more than 650,000 North Carolina families. The perfect spokesperson for the healthy, active lifestyles that the Health Plan promotes – when she’s not in the office, Janet can be found running, biking on our state’s beautiful trails, or occasionally completing military-style endurance trainings for charity.

 

Cowell is a Wharton School of Business alumna, the Chair of the State Banking Commission, and recently chosen as an Aspen Institute Fellow. Over the past year, she has been featured on CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg TV and others for her solid fiscal leadership, and for North Carolina’s unique financial successes among the national picture.

 

Now in her 10th year of elected office, and with the nation facing unprecedented economic challenges, Cowell continues the conservative debt management practices and solid economic development policies that keep North Carolina in secure financial standing.

 

She is proud to serve the citizens of North Carolina as State Treasurer and remains committed to working each day to build and maintain a fiscally strong and prosperous North Carolina, and a brighter future for all who call North Carolina home.

Curran, Valerie Paige

valeriecurranAfter stepping into that first dance class at the age of 6, Valerie knew that dance would be an important part of her life for a long time. Before attending NC State University to major in chemical engineering, she danced with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet and Tap Company at Fletcher’s School of Dance in Asheville, NC where she performed lead roles in the Nutcracker as well as danced competitively in tap and jazz. At NC State, Valerie was a dancer and captain of the NC State Dance Team for 4 years.

After college, she danced professionally for the Carolina Cobras Arena Football team and then moved to Philadelphia to cheer professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team. While an Eagles cheerleader for 4 years and captain of the team for 2 years, she performed in the Super Bowl, in Bosnia and Kosovo for the troops stationed there, in Hong Kong in the Chinese New Year Parade, on tv shows such as Cold Pizza and Good Morning America, and was featured in publications such as FHM, Fantasy Football Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

Valerie also has a knack for planning. While in Philly, she worked for Max and Me Catering at the National Constitution Center as a sales manager and wedding specialist.  There she planned weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and corporate events for clients such as Comcast, HBO, Subaru, KPMG, GSK, and Dikembe Mutombo.

Now back in Raleigh with her husband, Eric, and 3 dogs, Nuala, Sulley, and Cocoa Bean, Valerie is excited to combine her two passions and “Elevate” events with live performances!

About Elevate

Elevate was founded in 2010 on the idea of bringing together talented dancers in the Raleigh area to create an exciting and entertaining atmosphere at any special event. What started out as a shared dream and passion between director/choreographer Amy Bates and performer/planner Valerie Curran has quickly become a flourishing performance company providing entertainment to an array of events such as corporate meetings, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, concerts, nightclubs, trade shows, grand openings, festivals, and many other special events.

We can be seen performing most often in Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, and Charlotte, NC but our clients have hired us to perform at events all over the East Coast and beyond including Asheville, New Orleans, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, New York, Tampa, Atlanta, Columbia, Arizona, Aruba, Punta Cana, and Grand Cayman to name just a few.

Decker, Sharon Allred

January 13, 2014

NC State Secretary of Commerce

Sharon Allred Decker was appointed Secretary of Commerce by Gov. Pat McCrory in January 2013.  She brings more than 30 years of experience in business and commerce to the position.

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Decker spent more than 17 years with Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She began with the company in consumer services and moved rapidly through the ranks to become the youngest and first female vice president in Duke Power’s history. Her work at Duke Power led to the creation of its 24-hour customer service center, an organization that still serves as a model for the industry.

 

Decker left Duke Power as Chief Communications Officer to become the founding president of The Lynnwood Foundation, which was created to restore the Duke Mansion in Charlotte as a conference center, and to begin the William States Lee Leadership Institute. While at Lynnwood in 1998, she also served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber and was named Charlotte Woman of the Year. She moved to Rutherfordton in 1999 to serve as president of the Doncaster division of Tanner Companies.

 

In 2004, she created and served as the CEO of the Tapestry Group, a non-profit that helps individuals lead healthy lives in body, mind and spirit. In addition to her work with Tapestry, Decker is wife to her husband, Bob, a mother of four, a lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a student at the Christopher White School of Divinity, completing her Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Spiritual Formation. She completed an internship last year as Director of Graduate Ministries for the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville, Virginia where she served as chaplain to students at the Darden School of Business and the UVA School of Law. She remains a member of the Board of the Center for Christian Study. Decker has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies

Demby, Claude Z.

October 23, 2014

Claude Z. Demby

The pursuit of an ever-higher mark and drive for excellence are traits that Mr. Demby has brought with him to every employer and to every professional challenge in his career. Known for being a transformational leader linking the power of talent, culture and innovation with the spirit of entrepreneurialism, his history of success in turning around and growing companies on a global is extensive.

 

At L&L Products, a manufacturer with operations and technical and sales offices in 14 countries spanning four continents, in his role as president and COO, Mr. Demby was a visionary and a driving force for the fastest revenue and growth period in the company’s 50-year history, helping grow revenue more than 100% while concurrently raising profit margins to 300% that of the industry benchmark.

 

More recently, as the president and CEO of Noël Group, an international group of manufacturing businesses employing people in locations across the U.S., China, and Europe, his change leadership and contributions continued. Mr. Demby took the company through a 180-degree turnaround. Faced with a failing business that was in complete disarray, saddled with untenable debt and increasing financial losses, he pulled the company back from the edge of bankruptcy and transformed it into a growing, vibrant, healthy company well poised for continued profitable growth in the future.

 

Mr. Demby began his career as a process engineer with Proctor & Gamble and as a production manager with GE Plastics where he quickly distinguished himself as a leader when he gained buy-in from GE Company’s CEO for some major capital investment projects—projects that once implemented saved the company $1.5 million per year. Mr. Demby holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.B. A. degree in Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

 

Deeply respected in both the business and local community, Mr. Demby currently serves as the Chair-Elect for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and is Chairman of the Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond—Charlotte Branch. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Duke-Raleigh Hospital.

 

Striving consciously to make a positive difference in the lives of the people he touches, and with a passion for learning and education, Mr. Demby and his wife are co-founders of Valour Academy, a private school that seeks to enfranchise a population of young men who otherwise have a less than 50% graduation rate from local public schools. Mr. Demby also embraces opportunities to apply his talents for speaking, teaching, leading, and motivating and has presented to audiences of young people as well as business people on the topics of “The 5 Secrets to Living an Extraordinary Life” and “The Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People.”

 

Parents of five children, the youngest now in college, Claude Demby and his wife of more than 25 years currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Demby encourages connections through LinkedIn (www.linkedin/in/claudedemby) and can be reached at 248-495-3330 or by email claude@claudedemby.com.

Dorrance, Anson

April 18, 2013

Head Coach UNC Women’s Soccer Team

When Anson Dorrance was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008, it marked one more milestone moment in the career of a man whose coaching prowess became legendary at a young age. Because Dorrance has not yet retired from his coaching career, he was only eligible for election on the “Builders of the Game” ballot and he won election to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on that ballot.

 

Like fine wine – with age – the coaching career of Anson Dorrance only gets better. Dorrance proved that again in 2009 as he led his team successfully through one of the most competitive College Cup fields in history as the University of North Carolina won its 21st overall national title and its 20th NCAA crown. Dorrance thus became the first coach in NCAA history to win 20 championships coaching a single sport.

 

Head coach of the North Carolina women’s soccer program since its inception in 1979, Dorrance has built and guided a well-oiled winning machine. Under his direction, the Tar Heels have collected national and conference championships at a stupendous rate, compiled an overall record staggering in its numerical verity, established records likely never to be approached and procured the esteem befitting a dynasty.

 

At an institution familiar with such incomparable achievement, especially with regard to its storied basketball program, it might be possible to think that Dorrance’s accomplishments could somehow fade to the background. But what he has done in Chapel Hill is simply impossible to disregard.

 

Thus, when an expert panel employed by ESPN announced its list of the Best Coaches of the Past Quarter Century on July 28, 2004 – coincidentally headed at the No. 1 spot by legendary Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith – it came as no big surprise that another deserving Tar Heel mentor made the list.

 

That Dorrance, who was ranked No. 24 on the list, was one of only two coaches in the prestigious collection to coach an Olympic sport on the collegiate level only speaks louder about his recognized greatness. More accolades were bestowed on Dorrance with his induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on May 19, 2005 and to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 2, 2008. He earned those honors while still in the prime of his coaching career, further testament to his ongoing legacy.

Ellis, Lee

Lee Ellis2May 13, 2013

President – Leadership Freedom
Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. After the war he served as an instructor pilot, chief of flight standardization/evaluation, and flying squadron commander. Additionally he commanded two leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel. Lee’s combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW medal.

 

Lee Ellis is President and Founder of Leadership Freedom® and FreedomStar Media™. For more than fifteen years he has served as an executive coach and a corporate consultant in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, leadership development, and succession planning. His clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in a variety of industries. Since 1990, Lee has managed the development, validation, and internet deployment of several personality and leadership assessments that have been used by more than 200,000 individuals.

 

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Lee has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. His latest book is entitled Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton. He and his wife Mary reside in Atlanta, GA and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Foehl, Ph.D., Jamie

jamiefoehlJamie Foehl is a Senior Applied Researcher at the Center For Advanced Hindsight (CAH) – Dan Ariely’s Research lab at Duke University. Jamie joined the lab in 201l. Her first day of work was spent at a criminal justice center running dishonesty experiments with parolees. Her work focuses on applying Behavioral Economics to the real world. Jamie does field research and studies decisions people make about their money and their health. Today she will focus on decisions people make about whether or not to tell the truth.

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Hare, Ph.D, Brian

brianhareDr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center when arriving at Duke University.

Dr. Hare has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society, Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. His publications on dog cognition are among the most heavily cited papers on dog behavior and intelligence.

His research consistently received national and international media coverage over the last decade and has been featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired, Science magazine, CNN and ABC (Australia). He has been a frequent guest on radio programs including the BBC and American National Public Radio. He has also been featured in multiple documentaries from production companies such as National Geographic (U.S.), BBC (U.K.), Nova (U.S.), RTL (Germany), SBS (Korea) and Globo (Brazil). Dr. Hare is frequently invited to give lectures on his research on dog intelligence. For example, in 2009 he gave the keynote addresses at the annual conferences for both Assistance Dog Training Society and Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which are both among the largest dog training societies in the U.S.

In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.



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Levitt, Sarah

sarahlevittSarah Levitt is a nationally renowned leadership expert, regularly invited to work with some of the world’s finest leaders, propelling them to even greater success and driving exceptional business outcomes. The leading authority on Magnificent Leadership™, Sarah’s clients optimize their talents and strengths within the chaotic, high stakes environments in which they lead. Described as a trusted and sounding board and guide, Sarah melds practical business acumen with keen listening and insightful questioning, creating unprecedented results. Her clients are corporate executives of Fortune 500 companies and their leadership teams and include multinational organizations, spanning the industries of chemical manufacturing, technology, commercial real estate, banking, healthcare, professional services, and more.

Sarah is sought as a speaker for international conferences and leadership summits. A sampling of her engagements include: American Bankers Association, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Hewlett- Packard, BASF, Oracle, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and the New York Bankers Association.

Sarah conceived, created, and launched The Making Magnificence Project® and is author of the forthcoming book on this topic due out in 2017. She is a columnist for The Financial Manager and a lifelong learner with more than 20 years of business experience in strategy, operations, and organizational growth. An exemplar in leadership and business, Sarah grew her first company from start-up to capturing 40% of the NC market and was recruited to coach in the elite e-MBA program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 


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Malik, Steve

stevemalikSteve Malik is a visionary entrepreneur with three decades of health information technology experience and a pioneer in patient portals, electronic health records, and full risk managed care systems. He is also the chairman and owner of the North Carolina Football Club (formerly Carolina RailHawks) based in Cary, NC, and playing its home games at WakeMed Soccer Park. Malik bought North Carolina FC in October 2015, fulfilling a longstanding wish of the fans to bring the team under local ownership.

 

Malik’s arrival at the club marked a new era as it celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. Not only does Malik have deep ties to the Triangle area business community, he is also a passionate soccer fan having played in high school and coached at the youth level. His ambition is to bring the highest level of professional soccer to the Triangle.

 

In December of 2016, Malik took the first steps to fulfill his vision by announcing a series of initiatives that would bring the highest level of professional soccer to the Triangle. Malik announced a brand repositioning with the name change to North Carolina Football Club, his desire to secure a Major League Soccer franchise for the Triangle, the intention to build a 22,000-seat purpose-built stadium and his plan to bring a NWSL First Division women’s professional soccer team to the area.

 

On January 9, 2017 Malik announced the acquisition of the Western NY Flash of the NWSL bringing the team to the Triangle and renaming it North Carolina Courage. The NC Courage will begin play in April of 2017 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

 

Currently, Malik is Executive Chairman of Medfusion, a Cary, NC company he founded in 1996 and re-acquired in August 2013. Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President of Intuit, and President and General Manager of the Intuit Health Group, the company’s fastest-growing business unit. He led the business unit’s initiatives to strengthen the relationship between physician practices and their patients by making communication and the ability to accomplish key tasks better, easier, and more efficient. Malik joined Intuit in May 2010 following their acquisition of Medfusion. In 2010, he was a finalist for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

Under Malik’s leadership, Medfusion has grown from a medical website development company to the leading provider of enhanced healthcare communication solutions. His vision created a portfolio of solutions that let healthcare providers offer superior service to their patients while improving office efficiency and generating revenue. The US government now requires Malik’s vision in legislation to digitize the industry and reduce costs.

 

Malik earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the principle in a venture capital firm investing in software and environmentally friendly technology opportunities primarily in the Southeast US. Malik has 4 children and enjoys soccer, fishing, and sailing in his free time.

 

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Morano, Sheri

sherimoranopicSheri Morano, MW, found her interest in wine initially sparked during a trip to Italy when she was 17. She began her formal wine education at the International Wine Center in New York City in 1997 following graduation from Duke University, where she majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Classical Studies with a minor in Art History.

At the IWC, where she later became an instructor, Sheri completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Intermediate Certificate in 1998 and the WSET Advanced Certificate in 1999. In October of 2000 she completed the WSET Diploma and the following year passed the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exam designed by the Society of Wine Educators to promote higher standards among wine educators in the United States. In November 2003, Sheri earned the esteemed title Master of Wine.

With a background anchored in interdisciplinary studies, Sheri enjoys working in a variety of fields within the wine industry. She is a partner at Wine Ring, the market leader in consumer preference technology, and also consults for a number of companies including Strategic Insights, Inc., a full-service marketing research firm, and Nomacorc. In 2012, she founded the Triangle Wine School which offers the WSET certifications to wine lovers and trade professionals in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Sheri also serves as a Senior Account Advisor for Chai Consulting, which under the direction of Maureen Downey specializes in wine cellar planning and inventory management strategies as well as fine & rare wine authentication. An experienced wine judge, Sheri has judged at competitions around the world.

Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, son, and an assortment of cats, dogs, birds and fish. In her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, traveling, cooking and cheering for her beloved Duke Blue Devils.

The Triangle Wine School

The Triangle Wine School offers the wine certifications of the UK-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Whether you are a member of the wine trade or simply a wine lover, the WSET classes offered by the Triangle Wine School will add to your understanding and appreciation of wine. The Triangle Wine School’s WSET classes are a unique opportunity to learn about wine in a structured classroom setting with an experienced, certified instructor. www.trianglewineschool.com

 

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Schanzer, David

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Sept 12, 2016

David Schanzer, J.D.. – Associate Professor 

Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

 

David Schanzer is an associate professor of the practice at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy University and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a research consortium between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International. In these capacities, he teaches courses, conducts research and engages in public dialogue on counter-terrorism strategy, counter-terrorism law and homeland security.

 

Schanzer is the lead author of a widely cited National Institute of Justice study on domestic radicalization – “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim Americans” (2010) – and a report on “Improving Strategic Risk Management at the Department of Homeland Security,” published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.  He is a member of the Countering Violent Extremism Leadership Forum and has been a Research Fellow for the National Intelligence Council.

 

Prior to his academic appointments, Schanzer was the Democratic staff director for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. He previously served as the legislative director for Sen. Jean Carnahan (2001-2002), counsel to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (1996-1998), and counsel to Sen. William S. Cohen (1994-1996).

 

His positions in the executive branch include special counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Defense (1998-2001) and trial attorney, United States Department of Justice (1992-94). Schanzer was a clerk for U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro and in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States.

 

Schanzer is a graduate of Harvard College where he received an A.B. cum laude in government in 1985 and of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review from 1987-1989. Schanzer has appeared on international, national and local radio and television discussing terrorism and homeland security and is the author of more than 40 op-ed articles on these subjects that have appeared in newspapers around the country and on-line.

 

David Schanzer hosts a weekly podcast about Security Issues called On Security.

 

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Hack, Dr. Bradley

Bradley HackNov. 11, 2013

Dr. Bradley Hack received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He started his career as a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center at UNC, Chapel Hill and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UNC School of Medicine before going into private practice. He has been treating adolescents, adults and athletes in his practice for more than 14 years.

 

Dr. Hack is also one of the nation’s leading Sport Psychologists. Since 2001 he has been the Director of Sport Psychology for the Athletic Department at the University of North Carolina. In addition to his work with Division I athletes, he has also worked with professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, PGA, NASCAR, WNBA as well as members of the 2000, 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic teams and hopefuls for the 2012 Games in London. He also serves as a treating clinician for the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program.

 

Dr. Hack has taken a leadership role in promoting the field of psychology at both state and national levels. He has been elected twice to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Psychological Association and was appointed as its Federal Advocacy Coordinator. On a national level, Dr. Hack was appointed to the Executive Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Sport Psychology. He was instrumental in establishing sport psychology as a proficiency within APA and was one of four sport psychologists selected to co-author the national guidelines for the practice of sport psychology. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology and his work has been published in The Sport Psych Handbook (2005).

 

Outside the office, he loves being a dad, competing in any sport, and playing guitar.

Landguth, Michael

March 9, 2015

President and CEO Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Michael Landguth serves as President and CEO of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He assumed the position on November 14, 2011. As President and CEO, Michael is responsible for RDU’s overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations. He arrived in North Carolina with more than 17 years’ experience in the aviation industry.Under his leadership, airport staff developed a strategic business plan to guide the organization’s activities and support its growth. Major activities for the organization include the $80 million renovation of Terminal 1. Michael also launched the airport’s first asset management program that will culminate in a five-year plan for maintaining the airport’s $1.2B in physical assets.

 

In his first two years at the helm, RDU reached its goal of increased access to the West coast with the launch of non-stop service to San Francisco and expanded service to Los Angeles. Locally, RDU was recognized as the 4th healthiest employer in the region. Fitch Ratings also reaffirmed the airport’s AA- rating and maintained its stable outlook for the airport.

 

Prior to joining the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, he served as CEO and President of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. In this position he secured more than $70 million in grant funding for airport infrastructure development, led the community effort to raise matching funds for a Small Community Air Service Development Grant and secured three new airlines and eight new non-stop destinations. Michael is an Accredited Airport Executive and a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Airport Executives. He also serves as the chairman of Airports Council International-North America’s Medium Hub Caucus. Landguth is a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

>Michael and his wife, Page, have two daughters, Ashley and Jennifer.

Llewellyn, Grant

grantllewellynNovember 12, 2012

Music Director, North Carolina Symphony

Grant Llewellyn is known throughout the world as a musician of great talent, versatility and passion. Born in Tenby, South Wales, Llewellyn won a conducting fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 1985 where he worked with Bernstein, Ozawa, Masur and Previn.

 

Llewellyn began his tenure as North Carolina Symphony Music Director in 2004. His sophisticated perspective has captured the interest and imagination of everyone he encounters. Critics and audiences alike have noted the passion and concentration of the orchestra under his baton and praise his “transcendent performances” and his “graceful and expressive direction.”

 

To date, Grant Llewellyn has held positions with three European orchestras: principal conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and associate guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Notable recent European guest engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic and BBC Symphony. He has also conducted the Johannesburg (South Africa) Symphony Orchestra.

 

Grant Llewellyn has conducted many orchestras in North America, most notably the symphonies of Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Nashville, Houston, Montreal, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Kansas City and Toronto, as well as the Florida Orchestra. From 2001 to 2006, as music director of the Handel and Haydn Society, America’s leading period orchestra, Llewellyn gained a reputation as a formidable interpreter of music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

 

An accomplished opera conductor, Grant Llewellyn has appeared at the opera companies of English National Opera (The Magic Flute) and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where his repertoire has ranged from Handel’s Radamisto to Alexander Goehr’s Arianna. In 2001 he embarked on a collaboration with acclaimed Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Spoleto Festival, USA.

 

He has also conducted the North Carolina Symphony in two critically acclaimed recordings for the Swedish label BIS: American Spectrum with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a 2010 release of concertos by Rachmaninoff and Medtner with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.

Messier, Ric

November 10, 2014

Champlain College, Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigations

Ric Messier, GSEC, CEH, CISSP serves as Program Director, Cyber Security & Digital Investigations with the Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigations located and operated as a Center of Excellence at Champlain College, as well as teaching undergraduate studies in the area of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security at Champlain College. In the role of Program Director, he oversees all Cyber Security & Digital Investigations programs, including the development of new courses, evaluating existing course content to insure that it is timely and leading edge, and expansion of new certificates and degrees as warranted. Messier recruits, evaluates and manages adjunct staff, as well as monitoring and directing the overall quality of courses, degrees and certificates within the program.

 

He is a published author of such works as the SANS GIAC Security Essentials Certification Guide through McGraw-Hill, as well as Collaboration With Cloud Computing through Syngress/Elsevier Publishing. His other works include articles in Hakin9 magazine, among others.

 

Since the early 1980’s, Messier has been involved in the networking and security arena obtaining experience with worldwide networking on the BITNET, a network of primarily IBM mainframes, that was a precursor to what is now the Internet.

 

Since that time, he has been involved in a wide range of information security positions, including leading a team of engineers on implementing security in a next generation data center for a large hosting company, as well as leading a team of engineers developing managed security products at a Tier 1 service provider.

 

Most recently Messier has been consulting with large and medium sized companies on security issues, which includes performing network and application penetration tests, as well as developing security architecture for a large regional bank and incident response for a large Florida metropolitan government. In the last year, he has been designing and creating solutions for a financial services company to improve the security of customer facing network infrastructure.

Mockett, Alfred T.

alfredmockett1September 10, 2012

CEO, Dex One

Alfred T. Mockett was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dex One Corporation and to its Board of Directors in September 2010.

 

Mr. Mockett has more than 30 years experience in executive management and strategic decision-making at a number of leading technology, telecommunications and professional services companies.  Prior to joining Dex One, he served as Chairman and CEO of Corinthian Capital LLC, working with private equity companies on a variety of projects, including broadband roll out for rural communities and inner cities under the 2009 stimulus bill.  He also served as Vice Chairman of the Wolftrap Foundation for the Arts and Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development.

 

Mr. Mockett also served as Chairman and CEO of Motive Inc., a leading provider of software management services to communications providers; as Chairman and CEO of American Management Systems, a global business and information technology consulting firm for the U.S. and state governments, and financial services and communications industries; in various executive-management positions during 10 years at BT Group (formerly British Telecom), including oversight for operating units such as mobile, Yellow Pages, business and global communications, and BT Ignite, which offered data and broadband solutions for businesses; and as President of Memorex Telex, a global provider of information technology solutions. Mr. Mockett graduated with honors from the University of London. Registration opens July 10, 2012

Newton, Paul

May 11, 2015

Paul Newton, State President – North Carolina, Duke Energy

Paul Newton is president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in North Carolina, serving approximately 3.2 million electric retail customers. He is responsible for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives and managing state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development and community affairs. He assumed his current position in January 2013.

 

Newton previously served as senior vice president and special advisor to Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics for Duke Energy. Before that, he had more than 18 years of experience serving as legal counsel for the company’s utility operations.Newton began his career with Duke Power in October 1990 as a senior attorney. Since then, he has assumed increasing legal responsibilities, as well as corporate accountabilities following Duke Energy’s formation with the merger of Duke Power and Pan Energy in June 1997. In August 2001, he was named vice president and general counsel for Duke Power, with responsibility for delivering legal advice and solutions, and managing the company’s legal staff and budget. Following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006, Newton was named senior vice president and general counsel for Duke Energy’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas organization. In December 2008, Newton joined the U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business segment to become senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics.

 

A native of Eden, N.C., Newton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Newton is a member of the state bars of the District of Columbia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and New Mexico.

 

Newton currently serves on the executive committee of the North Carolina Chamber and is a member of its foundation board. He is a member of the CEO Advisory Council for the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. He is also a member of the board of directors for Leadership North Carolina. Newton has served in a number of industry leadership posts, including past chair of the Southern Chapter of the Energy Bar Association. He is a past member of the Planning Committee of the Edison Electric Institute Lawyers Committee, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Corporate Counsel Association. He was named to Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

 

Newton was born in 1960. He and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters and a son.

 

Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

Nye, C. Howard

Howard C. Nye, portraitJanuary 14, 2013

President, CEO, Director – Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

C. Howard (Ward) Nye is President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE: MLM). Martin Marietta’s principal operating businesses are Martin Marietta Aggregates – the second largest producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel in the United States ‒ and Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties – a leading U.S. manufacturer of magnesia-based chemical products used in a variety of industrial, agricultural and environmental applications and a producer of dolomitic lime. Martin Marietta’s network of over 300 quarries and distribution facilities spans coast to coast through 28 states, the Bahamas and Nova Scotia.

 

Prior to joining Martin Marietta in 2006, Ward spent 13 years with London-based Hanson PLC’s North American aggregates, hot mix asphalt, ready mixed concrete, cement and construction group headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Hanson was one of the world’s largest suppliers of heavy building materials. At Hanson, Ward held a series of increasingly responsible positions, including Executive Vice President.

 

In addition to his educational, professional and executive roles, Ward has been a gubernatorial appointee to the North Carolina Mining Commission and is currently vice chair and serves on the executive committee of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). He has been a member of the boards of directors of the American Road Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the National Association of Chief Executive Officers. In addition, he has served numerous other state, community and charitable organizations including the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Duke University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Wells Fargo/Wachovia’s Central Regional Advisory Board, and Rex Healthcare, Inc.’s Board of Trustees. Ward was recognized by Aggregates Manager magazine in 2006 as its AggMan of the Year.

 

Ward completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University with honors in 1984; in 1987 Ward received his law degree from Wake Forest University. Ward’s early legal career focused on serving as counsel for a number of construction and building materials companies. As an attorney, Ward was recognized by his peers with Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” rating, indicating highest ethical standards and preeminent legal ability.

 

Ward and his wife, Laura, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina, have been married nearly 25 years and have three children.

Rao, Vikram

Vikram RaoSeptember 9, 2013

Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium

Vikram Rao is Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium www.rtec-rtp.org , a non-profit in energy founded by Duke University, North Carolina State University, RTI International and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its mission is to illuminate national energy priorities, and those of the world by extension, and to catalyze research to address these priorities.

 

Dr. Rao serves on the board of Intelligent Well Controls Ltd. and also advises venture capitalist Energy Ventures AS, and firms BioLargo Inc., Global Energy Talent Ltd. and Integro Earth Fuels Inc. He retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of HalliburtonCompany in 2008 and followed his wife to Chapel Hill, NC, where she is on the faculty. Later that year he took his current position. He also serves on North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and chairs the Water and Waste Management Committee.

 

Dr. Rao’s book Shale Gas: the Promise and the Peril was released in 2012 by RTI Press and can be found at www.rti.org/shalegasbook . It is written for general audiences and is intended to inform on the heated debate on fracturing for shale gas.

 

Dr. Rao holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, along with a master’s degree and a doctorate in engineering from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 50 publications and has been awarded 36 US patents and foreign analogs.

Roberts, Lee Harris

leeroberts2Feb. 19, 2015

Lee Harris Roberts, Budget Director State of North Carolina

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Lee Roberts State Budget Director. The state’s budget director oversees the development of the spending and revenue plan the governor presents to the N.C. General Assembly. The plan recently agreed upon by both legislative chambers totals more than $21 billion.

 

Roberts, 45, is the former managing director of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings in Raleigh and also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of VantageSouth Bancshares. Roberts also founded a real estate investment and advisory firm called Coley Capital and has worked for Morgan Stanley & Co., Cherokee Investment Partners and as an associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

 

Roberts grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, earned a degree in political science from Duke University, then a law degree from Georgetown University. He has lived in Raleigh for eight years. He is on the board of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Ravenscroft School and is vice president of the Duke Alumni Association.

Ross, Thomas W.

tom20rossJanuary 9, 2012

President University of North Carolina

Thomas W. Ross became President of the 17-campus University of North Carolina on January 1, 2011.  Born and raised in Greensboro, N.C., he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College (1972) and graduated with honors from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (1975).

 

After a short stint as an Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government, Ross joined the Greensboro law firm of Smith Patterson Follin Curtis James & Harkavy in 1976.  He left the firm in 1982 to serve as chief of staff in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Congressman Robin Britt.  The following year, at the age of 33, Ross was appointed to fill a vacancy on the North Carolina Superior Court.  He held the position for the next 17 years.

 

From his vantage point on the bench, Ross witnessed first-hand a state justice system beleaguered by uneven sentencing and a fast-growing prison population.  In 1990, North Carolina’s Chief Justice tapped him to lead a new Sentencing and Policy Advisory Committee.  Over the next two years, this panel of judges, lawyers, legislators, law enforcement officers, and citizens devised a structured sentencing system that would toughen sentences for violent crimes and repeat offenses, while increasing community-based alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenses.  Adopted by the NC General Assembly in 1993, the new system has become a model for similar programs nationwide.

 

In 1999, Ross was appointed director of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.  Over the next two years, he led efforts to improve the management of the court system and advocated for additional resources.  In 2001, he left the bench to serve as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a Winston-Salem-based philanthropic organization devoted to improving the lives of the people of North Carolina.  During his seven-year tenure at Z. Smith Reynolds, (2001-2007), the foundation awarded about $20 million annually to non-profit groups focused on community economic development, democracy and civic engagement, the environment, pre-college education, and social justice.  Ross stepped down in 2007 to return to Davidson as its President, serving in that role until he assumed leadership of UNC.

 

Active in civic and community activities, Ross currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership, advisory boards for the NC Humanities Council and the NC State University Institute for Emerging Issues, and the honorary Board of Directors of the Conservation Trust of North Carolina.  A former chairman of the UNC Greensboro Board of Trustees, he has previously served on the Boards of Visitors for UNCG, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University.  In addition, he has served on the boards of Davidson College, the North Carolina New Schools Project, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the Institute of Government Foundation, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Foundation, the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

 

Ross has received numerous awards and accolades for his vast public service and professional achievements.  His many contributions to the judicial system have been recognized through the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence (2000), given annually to one state judge in the nation; Governing Magazine’s National Public Official of the Year Award (1994); the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Award (1995); the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Trial Judge of the Year Award (1996); the American Society of Criminology President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Justice (2007); the NC Justice Center Defenders of Justice Award (2008); and the NC Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award (2010).  He has been honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards from Davidson (2001) and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (2005) and holds an honorary doctorate from UNCG.  In addition, he has received the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award (1993), the National Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (1999), and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (1999).

 

Ross has been married since 1972 to Susan Donaldson Ross, a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education and a former executive director of the Greensboro Bar Association.  They have two adult children.

Royal, Walter

June 28, 2012

Head Chef, The Angus Barn 

Chef Walter Royal, Jr. was born on May 18, 1957 in Eclectic, Alabama to Ida Mae and Walter J. Royal. At the age of fourteen, Royal knew he wanted to cook professionally. However, his parents dissuaded him, unsure of how successful he would be as a black chef. In1974, Royal attended LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, where he graduated with his B.S. degree in psychology. In 1980, he graduated from Auburn University with his M.S. degree in psychology. After working with mentally disabled children for five years, Royal enrolled in a nine-month program at Nathalie Dupree’s Cooking School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983. After graduating from the cooking program, he was hired as a sous-chef at the Fearrington House restaurant in Pittsboro, North Carolina. There he worked under acclaimed chef Edna Lewis. In 1986, Royal was hired as a chef at the Magnolia Grill in Durham, North Carolina before becoming the executive chef and co-owner of the Crescent Café. In 1995, Royal was hired as the executive chef of the award-winning steakhouse The Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Royal has won numerous culinary awards. In 1997, he was the first African American chef to be awarded the Restaurant Guild’s Five Star Chef of the Year. Royal was also deemed one of the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Stars along with being honored as one of the Top Five Chefs in the Southeast, the Top Black Chef in America and the Best Chef in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Royal was featured in Southern Living magazine. In addition to being featured in Ebony, Royal performed a cooking demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina on the CBS Network program The Early Show. In 2006, Royal competed on the Food Network reality cooking show, Iron Chef America . Royal has cooked with popular American chefs and television personalities like Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and Cat Cora. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Royal has one son, Walter Royal, Jr.

Schmitt, Harvey

harveyschmitt3apr15231472600x600November 9, 2015
President Emeritus Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Harvey Schmitt, president emeritus of the Greater Raleigh Chamber, has been a tireless advocate for improving the community’s economy and quality of life. His fingerprints can be found on almost every major community initiative over the past 20 years.

 

Before retiring from the Chamber in June, Schmitt spent 21 years as president and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber and 43 years as a chamber professional.

 

During his tenure, the Raleigh Chamber played a role in building the market by:

 

  • Building the PNC Arena and attracting the NHL Carolina Hurricanes to the market
  • Establishing and funding five consecutive five-year strategic economic and community development programs. These initiatives have generated billions of dollars in economic growth.
  • Creating the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, the catalyst for much of downtown’s renaissance
  • Recruiting Red Hat and RBC (now PNC) to downtown Raleigh
  • Building the Raleigh Convention Center
  • Creating the Regional Transportation Alliance to advocate for transportation investments to coincide with the market’s growth.
  • Constructing the Triangle Expressway, the first modern toll road in North Carolina and the largest road construction project in the state’s history
  • Passing over $3 billion of school construction bonds, including major bond campaigns in 2006 and 2013

 

Prior to his role in Raleigh, Schmitt was president of the Greater Tampa (FL) and the Greater Greenville (SC) Chambers, general manager of the Jacksonville (FL) Chamber, and executive vice president of the Dubuque (IA) Chamber. Schmitt has served on a number of professional and civic boards, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, St. Augustine’s University, Kids and Community Foundation, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and many more. Some of Schmitt’s recent awards include The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina (2015); Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award from the Wake Education Partnership (2015); Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (2015); Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors Community Foundation Award (2015); Lifetime Legacy Award from the Occoneechee Council Boy Scouts of America (2015); Impact Award from the Triangle chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (2015); Distinguished Leadership Award from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (2014). William Peace University awarded Schmitt an honorary doctorate of business in 2012, and a scholarship was endowed in his honor Saint Augustine’s University in 2015.

 

Skavarla III, John E.

March 10, 2014
NC State Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Pat McCrory named Mr. John E. Skvarla, III Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Dec. 2012, as part of his new Cabinet and administration.

 

Mr. Skvarla comes to DENR after a successful career in business. He most recently served as CEO for Restoration Systems, an environmental mitigation firm based in Raleigh that helps improve and restore wetlands and waterways. His past environmental experience also includes his work as chairman with Wilkinson Hi-Rise, a world leader in manufacturing new products such as waste management and automated recycling systems. Skvarla previously served as chief operating officer for The Aviation Group, Inc., a company that emerged as the world’s largest all-cargo airline during his tenure. He also has been managing director of an investment banking office in Raleigh and owner of a Sandhills golf course community. An attorney, Skvarla in 1978 founded and served as senior partner to the Raleigh-based Skvarla, Wyrick and Robbins law firm, where he specialized in corporate and tax matters, as well as public and private capital formations.

Smith, Robin

October 25, 2012

Assistant Secretary for the Environment
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Robin Smith, Assistant Secretary for the Environment oversees development of major policy initiatives for programs having such diverse responsibilities as the permitting of discharges to surface waters; issuance of air emissions permits; implementation of major grant programs for waste-water and drinking water projects; remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater; permitting of coastal development; and regulation of animal operations.

 

Before being appointed to DENR in September 1999, Robin Smith served in the attorney general’s office for 12 years. During that time, she provided legal representation and guidance to DENR on a variety of environmental issues and served as legal counsel to the state’s Coastal Resources Commission and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. She also served as legal counsel to the state’s mining, sedimentation and radiation protection commissions.

 

Robin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She and her  husband, Michael R. Smith, director of the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, live in Chapel Hill with their two sons.

Strong, David

April 26, 2012

President, Rex Healthcare

David Strong became president of Rex Healthcare in September 2004. Strong brings a hands-on leadership style that focuses on quality care, patient safety, technology, physician loyalty, and community involvement to Rex Healthcare. Under Strong’s leadership Rex has accomplished: Magnet designation and re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Chest Pain Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center Accreditations, the opening of a new state of the art surgery center with 12 digital operating rooms on the main Rex Campus, the opening of new campuses in Wakefield and Knightdale, and implementation of Rex’s electronic medical record system. During Strong’s tenure, Rex was named a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital and a Thomson Reuters Quality Improvement Leader. Rex also was named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine for three out of four years. Most recently, Rex was named by Becker’s Hospital Review to the list of 50 Best Hospitals in America.

 

Strong holds degrees from Southern Nazarene University and Xavier University. He is active on a number of boards of directors. He currently serves on the following boards: Triangle Heart Ball, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Prevention Partners, North Carolina Symphony, Triangle Tomorrow and Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tata, Anthony J.

tony20tata202February 23, 2012

Superintendent Wake County Public School System

Anthony J. Tata graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981 and retired after 28 years of uniformed service on June 1, 2009 as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army. Mr. Tata commanded a paratrooper battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division and an air assault brigade in the 101st Airborne Division. In 2006-07 he served as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division and Combined/Joint Task Force-76 in Afghanistan. BG Tata deployed on combat missions and operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Panama and the Philippines.

 

Mr. Tata also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government, earned an M.A. in International Relations from the Catholic University of America, and has a Master’s of Military Art and Science from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies. He is listed as a distinguished member of the 502nd, 504th, and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiments.

 

A graduate of the 2009 Broad Superintendent’s Academy, which focuses on preparing executives around the country for service as senior leaders in large urban school districts, General Tata served as the Chief Operating Officer of Washington, DC Public Schools. On December 23, 2010, The Wake County Board of Education named Anthony J. Tata superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. As the chief executive officer of the school system, Mr. Tata oversees its administration and implements school board policies.

Wilson, Brad

January 12, 2015
President and CEO Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Brad Wilson brings to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina a passion for health care, a deep commitment to community, and involvement and expertise in business and public policy. As president and CEO of sthe state’s largest health insurer, with 3.8 million customers, Wilson is dedicated to improving North Carolina’s health care system, making health care more affordable and helping BCBSNC to adapt in a changing health care environment.

 

Wilson serves as chair of the National Institute for Health Care Management to address health care challenges at the national level.  He also serves as a director of the Bllue Cross and Blue Shield Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), BCS Financial Corporation and Prime Therapeutics, among others.

 

This work continues in North Carolina, where he chairs the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carollina Foundation – an independent charitable organization that has invested nearly $90 million in community-based health and wellness efforts.  He is also treasurer of the North Carolina Chamber, board member of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and a past chair of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

 

Wilson, who joined BCBSNC in 1995, held a range of senior-level positions before being tapped to lead the organization in 2010.  A life long North Carolinian, he previously practiced law and served as general counsel to Gov. Jim Hunt, directing the governor’s legislative strategy and heading his legal department.

Woodard, Doug

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Doug Woodard, Managing Vice President, Customer Channels US Card Operations
As Managing Vice President of Customer Channels for Capital One’s US Card Operations, Doug Woodard is responsible for all customer contacts across phone and online channels, for Capital One Branded Card and Partnership Card portfolios (private label and co-brand cards). The Customer Channels organization delivers on a full spectrum of customer needs including customer service, fraud, disputes, collections, recoveries, and customer fulfillment functions that include providing statements, direct mail and plastics.  In addition, his organization provides the critical horizontal support functions that enable such an extensive network including training, knowledge management, workforce management, voice of the customer programs, and complaint resolution.  The Customer Channels operations span more than 20 sites, 17,000 agents in seven countries, including internal on-shore, offshore captive, third party suppliers and work at home agents.   More than 10,000 of these agents are Capital One associates.

Growing up in upstate New York, Doug attended SUNY Albany for both his undergraduate and master’s degrees.  Currently, he resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Noel and their college-age daughter.

 

Prior to joining Capital One, Doug held executive roles at both Staples and Citi, leading extensive customer service operations, as well as accountability for customer experience strategy.  Prior leadership positions included roles at L. L. Bean and Accenture.

 

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