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President's September Message to the Membership: "First Break all the Rules!"

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Last month, WSIC 105.9FM radio invited me to share what’s going on at the Lake Norman Chamber with their listeners from Statesville to Huntersville. Local Biz Now Show Host Joe Vagnone was joined by his co-host for the month, Heidi Hansen. ...

Words do matter

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Like many of you, I have been following the back and forth antics in Washington between President Donald Trump and our leaders in Congress. The news media, Facebook, and Twitter are all inundated with pundits, politicians and sometimes ...

July Message to the Membership: A Promise to Keep

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

When I was just a young boy, I would ride my little pony from my Grandparent's house to my Great-Grandfather's home. The small white house sat perched high on a hill overlooking the lush pastureland where cattle grazed lazily on those warm summer ...

June President's Message to the Membership: Making the List

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

This afternoon, while waiting for an appointment, I picked up a recent copy of TIME Magazine’s List of the 100 Most Influential People in America. I was disappointed again to see that I wasn’t listed. Actually no one I know personally ...

"Growing Pains" - May Message to the Membership from President Bill Russell

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to appear on a special Town Hall version of WFAE’s Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. The event, held at CPCC – Merancas Campus, featured our Town Managers, Transportation Planners, NC DOT ...

April President's Message to the Membership: Seeds of Leadership

Friday, March 29, 2019

April is one of my favorite months. Spring is finally here with summer peeking around the corner. It is also the time of year I plant my garden out at the family farm. I’ve been a gardener since I was a little fellow with my grandfather ...

"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 ...