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"Family - It's What We Do" - President's March Message to the Membership

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

One month ago, I lost my father to cancer. Daddy was much more than a dad. He was my mentor, my confidante, my supporter, my best friend and the inspiration for much of what I have done in my life. My mom has also been a guiding influence and I love ...

The Feminine Mystique

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The 1960?s was perhaps the most turbulent and transformational time in the history of our nation. I was only four years old in 1963 when President Kennedy was killed by an assassin?s bullet in the streets of Dallas. Before the end of the decade we ...

New Beginnings - A look ahead to 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Plato said, ?The beginning is the most important part of any work? and most of our businesses have had time to assess this past year and have already set their strategic goals for the year ahead. For many Lake Norman firms and retail businesses, ...

Lake Norman Chamber President's Holiday Message: My Wish Christmas Season

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the sights and sounds of Christmas. Regardless of your faith, December is often a special month of reflection, generosity, and family. Listening to my favorite carols and songs brings back long ...

The Politics of Business

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tip O?Neil, the 55th Speaker of the House and perhaps one of the most influential members of the United States Congress once said, ?All politics is local.? He coined the phrase in a 1992 Congressional campaign running against an attorney who was ...

Vote NO on the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Bond Package

Friday, October 27, 2017

Voters throughout Mecklenburg County, in addition to selecting local, county and public school board members, will weigh in this election on a $922 million Charlotte Mecklenburg School Bond referendum. The Towns of Huntersville and Cornelius, along ...

Making the Most of Your Business Expo Experience!

Friday, April 28, 2017

On June the 7th, the Chamber will present the 2017 Business Expo. This year marks the 16th business trade show our Chamber has presented to spotlight the businesses which make up our growing and diverse region. The Expo grew out of the Business Big ...

Special President's Message - January is a month for New Beginnings

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January is a month of new beginnings. Some of us may head into the New Year lamenting the fact we came up short in our goals for 2016. Others of us plunge into the gym and say to ourselves this is the year I am really committed to getting in shape. ...

September Thoughts from a cluttered desk - Heroes come in many forms

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I recently read a book entitled Hollywood Kryptonite about the life and tragic death of Hollywood actor George Reeves. Reeves is perhaps better known as the ?Man of Steel? ? the actor who played Superman in the 1950 television series ? The ...

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ? The Regional Approach to Business

Monday, March 28, 2016

Recently I had the chance to watch the sun set over our beautiful Lake Norman. The bright orange skyline kissed the rippling waters. Teased by the wind, it skipped across the expanse that touched my soul and I was reminded of a passage in a book by ...

January 2016 LKN Chamber President's Message: The voice which will not be silenced

Thursday, December 31, 2015

On January 2, 1996, I was hired as President of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, then known as the North Mecklenburg Chamber. The Chamber at the time was working aggressively to bring a new High School to the area. Our region was seeing dramatic ...

December 2015 Thoughts from a cluttered desk... Recognizing the Best of the Best

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The last several weeks have been filled with accolades and articles citing the Lake Norman Chamber?s recognition by the Carolina Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) as the 2015 Chamber of Commerce of the Year. The two state ...

Thoughts from a cluttered desk? A Regional Approach to Business

Friday, September 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, community and business leaders welcomed Southwire, North America?s largest cable producer to Lake Norman when they purchased ABB located in Huntersville. Southwire acquired the 240,000 square-foot, 3-year-old plant which features ...

September Thoughts from a cluttered desk - Finding opportunity in our differences

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pick up a paper and the headlines are likely filled with trouble and unrest. Last year, the nation watched in anguish as cable news displayed the riots resulting from anger in Ferguson, Missouri. The racial tension was not confined to that region as ...

Sound off on local transportation projects - Deadline July 31st.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is accepting public input through July 31st on regional transportation projects. The organization is the agency composed of representatives of our municipal bodies which prioritize ...

Thoughts from a cluttered desk - What direction are we headed?

Monday, July 6, 2015

What direction are we headed? In Lewis Carroll?s Alice in Wonderland, there is an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat: ?Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?? ?That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,? ...

Thoughts From A Cluttered Desk - The sale starts with you!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recently I had the privilege of speaking to students at a local Career Day. One of the questions asked was, ?Outside of your family, who had the most impact on you for the career you have today?? While attending college, I worked at an office ...

"The Proposed Superstreet May Not Be Such A Super Idea"

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Left turns are bad!" That is the foundation of the "Superstreet" concept which the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has recommended for Cornelius between Jetton Road and Sam Furr Road. With a Superstreet design, instead of ...

Best Practices for the Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo -Tips for a successful show

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This year marks the 14th Business Expo our chamber has hosted since 2001. What started as 25-30 businesses under the Business Big Top at LakeFest in the 1990's and evolved into one of the most successful business trade shows in the Charlotte region, ...

Cornelius Exit 28 Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Update as of February 3, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members: Last evening (Feb 2, 2015), I had the opportunity to attend the Cornelius Town Board Meeting. Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant gave an update as to DDI aesthetic improvement timelines. Cornelius Mayor ...

Energy United?s Mike Russell to lead Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mike Russell, a resident of Huntersville and Director of Energy Services at EnergyUnited, will serve as Chairman of the Board of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce effective January 1, 2015. Russell, a decorated Navy officer, has a degree in ...

Chamber President's Message Regarding the Diverging Diamond Interchange and Shop Lake Norman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The below President's Message, while addressed to and intended for Chamber Members whose businesses are located in Cornelius, it is being distributed to all Lake Norman Chamber members as a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) is being considered for ...

Robert Cashion Left a Lasting Legacy on the Lake Norman region

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The waters at Cashion's Cove were dark and silent this past week as the grand patriarch of the Cashion family, and one of our true Lake Norman treasures, slipped quietly away. Perhaps no family has had the impact on our community since the Duke ...

20 minutes of YOUR time can save a Lake Norman Job

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lake Norman Chamber members: Everyone is quite aware that Exit 28 is currently undergoing construction having a severe impact on the mobility of Cornelius. Catawba Avenue is essentially Main Street Lake Norman as this transportation artery ...

Lake Norman - Sexy and we know it!

Monday, July 14, 2014

In the last few weeks, Motovo.com, a real estate website, ranked the Lake Norman town of Cornelius as the fourth sexiest community in the nation and Huntersville as the seventh most exciting town in North Carolina. In addition, Ashley Madison ...

New Hospital in Davidson Represents a Second Chance

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The following article appeared as a "Letter to the Editor" in many Lake Norman regional publications the week of April 7, 2014. This past week, community and business leaders received a firsthand look into the new Carolinas HealthCare System ...

Angels in our midst

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The following article was written exclusively for The Lake Norman Citizen Newspaper and printed in the January 22, 2014 edition. As president of the Lake Norman Chamber, I cannot adequately express how proud I am of the people from our community ...

Vote Yes for the Bonds!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On November 5th, voters in Mecklenburg County will consider approving $290 million for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). In Cornelius, voters there will also decide $20.4 million for ...

President's Message to the membership for October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lake Norman Chamber Members and Stakeholders: Chamber Backs Bonds The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to endorse several bond packages before North Mecklenburg voters on November 5th. The Chamber is encouraging its ...

Lake Norman - Where business is a "Family Tradition"

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The following article was written exclusively for and appeared in the August 2013 issue of Business Today. You may be pleased to know that North Carolina House Bill 998 was recently signed into law by Governor McCrory. Under this tax plan, the ...