The banquet wraps up a week of activity that also includes Friday morning’s “Focus Friday” issues session, introducing the area’s newest town commissioners. (See related story here.)
CHAMBER CELEBRATESFriday night’s annual chamber gala at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius is sold out. Chamber members will gather as outgoing chair Wendy Moran turns over the reins to Broadway. It’s the first time in the chamber’s 26 years that two women have served as chairs back-to-back.
Pittenger will deliver a legislative perspective for the business audience. The chamber also will screen a video produced to highlight the 50th anniversary of Lake Norman.
The dinner also includes the presentation of two awards: the Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year, and the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. Other outstanding community and business volunteers also will be recognized.
The chamber counts about 1,000 business members from throughout the region, including Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Moran lives in Huntersville and a vice president of People’s Bank in Denver. Broadway, a Cornelius Resident, is a Realtor, Broker in Charge, and trainer for Allen Tate Realtors in Mooresville.
“Wendy Moran’s experience as a committee chairman, board member, and volunteer, along with her career in finance and banking, helped us focus on member value,” chamber president and CEO Bill Russell said in a press release. “We also implemented financial strategies which reduced expenses so those dollars could be reallocated to membership services.”
“Hilary Broadway brings the unique perspective of harnessing technology to make work environments more productive and efficient,” he added.
Broadway, Public Policy Chair of the Chamber in 2010 and 2011, led the Chamber’s Business Growth Division for the last two years and also led a series of “Lunch and Learn” training programs. She also has served on the boards of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp., the Charlotte Regional Roads Committee, and the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association’s Professional Standards Committee.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The chamber also is adding new members to its board for 2014: J. A. (Jay) Lesemann, Jr. CPA CGMA – Managing Member at Lesemann & Associates, PLLC CPAs and the immediate Past Chair of the N.C. Association of CPAs; Bill Ellison – partner in The McIntosh Law Firm, Sabrena Fernandez Marketing Manager – Servpro of Northwest Charlotte; and Tom Gettelman, PhD. – Carolinas Healthcare System and the new administrator for the CHS Behavioral Health Hospital in Davidson. Town Representatives include Jeff Neely – Huntersville, Beth Cashion – Davidson, and Jim Duke – Cornelius.
More information about the dinner is available at on the chamber website.