President's Blog

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 Top at LakeFest, a two-day festival held at Jetton Park in the 1990’s. The Business Big Top featured about 30 businesses under a large outdoor tent. Today, more than 170 businesses and organizations tell their story at the largest business expo in the Charlotte region. While it does not rival boat or cars shows and does…
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. Perhaps as a business owners, we look at 2017 as the year we will turn the corner and have "Our best year ever!" Regardless of whether we were successful in hitting benchmarks set in the past or we came up short in our personal or professional goals, now is…
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 Adventures of Superman. Many of the kids in my neighborhood would gather around their TV sets at 3:30 in the afternoon after school to see Superman, typically rescuing Lois Lane and Jimmy Olson, as he fought to preserve “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” My mother even went so far as to sew capes for a little boy…
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 Norman Maclean that read "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it." In the early 1980s, long before I joined the Lake Norman Chamber, my mom moved to Huntersville. I was struck on my first visit to North Meck with the rural country side. Considered a suburb of Charlotte,…
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 growth, yet the schools were overcrowded and the CMS leadership in Charlotte relied on bussing North Mecklenburg children to schools in Charlotte as the answer. While local elected officials and business leaders lobbied our School Board, the real change came about because parents and citizens said enough is enough. A successful lawsuit brought by local…
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 organization, North & South Carolina, chose one chamber with less than 700 members and ours with more than 700 members. We are currently at 999! David Bradley, the President of the Greater Statesville Chamber along with Rob Youngblood, President of the York County Regional Chamber made the presentation to our Board at The Port City Club last month. Bradley cited that there…
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 state-of-the-art technology for producing high-voltage underground transmission cables. The company plans to add another 20 employees to the 65-member staff at the facility within the next two years. While I have toured the plant on a couple of occasions, I enjoyed another trip around the facility marveling at the advanced technology required to produce the high voltage cable. A real treat is gazing out of an…
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