75th Annual Meeting

March 27, 2017

Presented by



Platinum Sponsors

Duke Energy Logo for presenting sponsor      

North Carolina Chamber’s 75th Annual Meeting and anniversary will be a celebration of 75 years of making North Carolina among the best places in the world to live and work. We will take the opportunity to recognize past and current volunteer leaders of the organization as well as past presidents and honorees for distinguished public and private sector leadership.

In addition, we will highlight North Carolina’s military economy and recognize some of the outstanding contributions the military has made to our great state.


What: 75th Annual Meeting
When: Monday, March 27, 2017
Where: Grandover Resort & Conference Center | One Thousand Club Road
Greensboro, NC 27407

Hotel Rate: There is a special nightly room rate of $171 for the nights of March 26 and 27 at the Grandover Resort.  Use this link to book your room or call the hotel reservation number at 336-294-1800. Mention the North Carolina Chamber Annual Meeting before February 27 for this special rate.

Registration and Sponsorships

Ticket Pricing:


Ticket pricing for the 75th Annual Meeting is based off of the new format that includes: Two Preliminary Sessions, Cocktail Reception, Dinner and Entertainment.

Cornerstone Members: Early-Bird $175 | Regular $200 | Late $225
Members: Early-Bird $200 | Regular $225 | Late $250
Non-Members: Early-Bird $250 | Regular $300 | Late $350

The deadline for early bird rates is February 27. Late registration rates begin on March 22.

Draft Agenda

Preliminary Sessions

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Demilitarized Zone: Finding Talent through Ex-military

For three consecutive years now, the top of mind issue for North Carolina employers is attracting and retaining talent. With more than 18,000 well-trained soldiers transitioning out of the military annually from bases right here in North Carolina, a potential solution for filling North Carolina’s talent gap may be close at hand. These are highly skilled, educated and disciplined individuals that can pass a drug test and background check and are used to getting up early, being on time, and doing whatever it takes to accomplish the mission. During this session, you will hear how other employers are working with the military to fill their talent gap. In addition to getting practical ideas, you’ll get a list of agencies, names and numbers that will connect you with transitioning military and help you begin to solve your talent challenges.

  • Lance DeSpain, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Foundation (Moderator)
  • Lisa Marcuz, Vice President of Talent Management, Duke Energy
  • Stephen Petty, Director of Strategy Implementation and Facility Management, Food Lion
  • Kimberly Williams, Executive Director, NC for Military Employment (NC4ME)
  • Andrea Hughes, Director of Customer Service, Dell

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Green Zone: A Deep Dive into North Carolina’s Military Economy

Every day, Fort Bragg feeds 50,000 soldiers breakfast – so where do all those eggs come from? In this session, you’ll get a better understanding of the military’s $66 billion impact on the North Carolina economy, including over $2.5 billion in prime contracts with businesses all across our state. You will also learn the basics of the federal procurement process, resources in North Carolina to help you leverage this market, and insight into future growth opportunities and financing resources for federal contracts. Come prepared to take notes and get engaged, because our military is big business – for your business!

  • Scott Dorney, Executive Director of the North Carolina Military Business Center (Moderator)
  • Mary Beth Thomas, Vice President, Centers of Innovation Program, NC Biotechnology Center
  • Kip Blakely, Vice President Industry and Government Relations, HAECO
  • Lynn Douthett, District Director, Small Business Administration – NC District Office
  • Mark Gross, Founder and CEO, Oak Grove Technologies

4:45 p.m. Reception

6:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Distinguished Public Service
Award Recipient

Richard Stevens

Distinguished Citizenship
Award Recipient

Thomas E. Skains

7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995, eventually earning a position of leadership in the elite Army Rangers. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and is a four-time Best Ranger Competition participant.

During his second tour in Afghanistan, King was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. The blast caused major internal injuries, permanent loss to part of his right arm and hand, and the amputation of both legs. With a can-do mindset and the love and support of his family, he began rebuilding his life.

Just 21 months after losing both legs, King completed the Boston Marathon, running on prosthetic blades. Since then, he has competed in a number of physically daunting events, including a 70.3-mile half- Ironman Triathlon, the 2014 New York City Marathon, and the 48.6-mile Disney Marathon series.

King shares his inspirational story of endurance with audiences across the country, including schools, churches, the National Football League, and Fortune 500 companies. Just as he led and motivated men in combat, he now leads and motivates others to see the possibilities in their own lives.

8:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Ernst and Young
First Citizens Bank
Glen Raven
John Deere
K&L Gates
Medical Mutual
North Carolina Electric Cooperatives
Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors

Broyhill Family Foundation
Golden Corral
Gregory Poole Equipment Company
Hanesbrands Inc.
North Carolina Railroad Company
SunTrust Bank
Vidant Health
Womble Carlyle

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