President's Blog

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…
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 protests and violence erupted across the country from Seattle to Downtown Davidson as students and teachers alike participated in a “Die-in.” Spectators attending the annual Christmas in Davidson event looked on as protesters lay in the streets, their hands behind their backs, in a silent protest to a not guilty verdict. Christmas carols fell silent as the…
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 transportation projects and spending. It is critical that our local businesses and area citizens are engaged in this process and we encourage you to use the email link below and provide your feedback. After clicking on the email link place in the subject line: Public Comment on 2016-2025 TIP. “TIP” stands for Transportation Improvement Plan. If you support or oppose the current I77 Toll Lane Plan, share your…
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