74th Annual Meeting

March 30, 2016

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Silver Sponsors

Bank of America
Ernst and Young LLP
Fifth Third Bank
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Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina
Piedmont Natural Gas
PSNC Energy
Vidant Health
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Broyhill Investments, Inc.
Golden Corral Corporation
Gregory Poole Equipment Company


What: North Carolina Chamber’s 74th Annual Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Preliminary Session > 9:30 a.m. | Annual Meeting & Lunch > 11:30 a.m.

Where: Grandover Resort & Conference Center | 1000 Club Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407
*For overnight guests, lodging is $168 per night at the Grandover Resort. Call 800-472-6301 by Feb. 25 and mention the North Carolina Chamber Annual Meeting to ensure you receive the special room rate. Registered attendees should park at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center’s parking lot, located adjacent to the hotel. Complimentary valet is also available.

Tickets: $85 for Chamber Members | $125 Non-Members

Why: North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in America – creating many exciting opportunities, as well as challenges for our state. With a changing economy and shifting demographics, the number of concerns for North Carolinians remains job creation and restoring our state’s economy. The private sector is North Carolina’s economic engine and the key to shaping a more competitive and successful future for North Carolina.

The North Carolina Chamber understands the importance of getting our citizens back to work and what that means for job creators. Businesses need increased certainty and a competitive business climate that promotes growth and investment. The North Carolina Chamber is a proactive, positive force for jobs, economic recovery and growth. With the involvement of employer members, our advocacy efforts aim to make North Carolina a leader in job retention, job creation and quality of life.

Join us for the 74th Annual Meeting for an in-depth look at how we are helping to shape a more competitive and successful future for North Carolina. This year, Susan Cameron will receive the Distinguished Citizenship Award and both Scott Ralls and Thomas W. Ross will receive the Distinguished Public Service Award. The event will also feature a keynote address from Susan O’Malley, former president of the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards, and the first female president of a professional sports franchise.food-lion-feeds

Support Hunger Relief in Our Communities

1 in 6 people face hunger, and too often parents are faced with tough choices when feeding their families. Donate to the Food Lion Feeds program by bringing a non-perishable food item to the 74th Annual Meeting, because no one should have to choose between food and fuel, or formula and diapers.


8:45 am > Registration Opens

9:30-10:45 am > Preliminary Session

Rural Prosperity, Opportunities and Challenges

As our state continues to grow, there is a clear need for the business community to take a more active role in creating a statewide economic development strategy that grows meaningful career opportunities across all North Carolina communities. To that end, the North Chamber Foundation recently commissioned a study addressing the challenges and opportunities impacting economic development in rural communities across the state. Join our panel of experts at this year’s Preliminary Session as they explore the initial results of this important study and lay the groundwork for a productive state discussion on rural prosperity.

  • Ted Abernathy, managing partner, Economic Leadership LLC (Moderator)
  • Joe Brannan, executive vice president and CEO, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation
  • CeCe Hipps, president, Haywood County Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Troxler, N.C. Agriculture Commissioner

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Registration for the Preliminary Session is included with the Annual Meeting ticket price however space is limited. Please be sure to register early to reserve your seat.

11:30 am > Annual Meeting Starts with Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 pm > Awards Presentations

Distinguished Public Service Award:
Thomas W. Ross, Former president of the University of North Carolina System
Scott Ralls, Former president of the North Carolina Community College System
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Distinguished Citizenship Award:
Susan Cameron, president and CEO of Reynolds American Inc.

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1:00 – 1:45 pm > Keynote Address

Susan O’Malley, Former president of the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards

2:00 pm  > Closing Remarks/Meeting Adjourns

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