October BusinessWorks! – Tuesday, October 9th Noon – 1:15 Lunch n’ Learn

Topic: Protecting your Business against Cyber Crime!


cyberThe Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce October BusinessWorks will be held at our NEW TIME – Noon to 1:15 at the Chamber. It is a Lunch n’ Learn program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

This month we examine Cyber Crime. In 2018, it is estimated that Cybercrime will generate at least $1.5 trillion and that number according to experts is conservative. Detective Rick Rojas, a Detective with the Huntersville Police Department, will share time and information to guard your business against online theft. Detective Rojas will discuss: Different types of Cyber Crimes such as Ransomware; things to look for in a suspicious email; and safeguards that small business can use to protect themselves.

The BusinessWorks Program is brought to you in collaboration with SCORE – America’s Small Business Counselors. Held at the Chamber – Randy Marion Conference Room. BusinessWorks is a program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce that focuses on personal skills: management, marketing, operations, and sales.

About our Speaker - Detective Richard E. Rojas, Town of Huntersville Police Department - Criminal Investigations DivisionRojas

Richard “Rick” Rojas is a 32 year veteran of law enforcement and began his career with the Middletown Police Department in Orange County, New York. Rick served as the DARE officer for 14 years teaching over 13,000 elementary students. He was President of the New York State DARE Officers Association and in 2005 was awarded the association’s “Career Achievement Award” and named “Officer of the Year.”

Rick started with the Huntersville Police Department in 2008 and was promoted to Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division with an emphasis on Financial and Cyber Crimes. In 2013 he was presented CID’s “Most Valuable Employee” award. Rick received his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and is a Police Instructor on the department training staff. He is a certified Mobile Device Examiner through the National Computer Forensics Institute and currently serves on the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.

Outside of work Rick loves spending time with Tammy, his lovely wife of 23 years and their 2 dogs. He enjoys being out on his boat (when it runs), riding his motorcycle and flying airplanes as he is an FAA certified private pilot.

Pictured is Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce President Bill Russell, Detective Rck Rojas, and Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill.

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dUKEFocus Friday – September 21st 8:30 to 10:00 am

Focus on Lake Norman – Our Shared Treasure 

Join Duke Energy for a three-part discussion on one of the greatest environmental assets in our region. The Focus Friday takes on Friday, September 21st from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius.

Topics include:

Lake Shoreline Management―Commercial classifications on Lake Norman have been called “zoning” on the water. Get an update from Duke Energy’s Lake Management professionals about Lake Shoreline permitting, lease renewals, and other related topics. (Presenter: Joe Kluttz, Lake Services Representative)

Marshall Steam Station Operations―Duke Energy is taking on one of its biggest environmental projects ever with ash basin closure. Industry scientists and engineers have developed strong, robust plans to safely close ash basins in ways that protect people, the environment and minimize the noise, truck traffic and other impacts to the local community. (Presenter: Lisa Parrish, Community Relations Manager)

Lake Norman Recreation Opportunities for 2018 and Beyond―We’ll take a look ahead at the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project recreation management plan and what’s on tap for Lake Norman recreation enhancements in the next five to 10 years. (Presenter: John Crutchfield, Director, Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning)

Focus Friday is a public policy program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce which examines community and legislative issues from multiple perspectives. While intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

The program is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program is emceed by Public Policy Chairman Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

Our Speakers include:

Joe Kluttz has more than thirty-seven years of experience with Duke Energy. During his tenure, he has had numerous roles including Electric Distribution, Risk Management, and Lake Services. He is currently a Lake Services Joe Kluttz Photo 480x640Representative on Lake Norman, a 32,475-acre hydroelectric project on the Catawba River. In this role, he facilitates a comprehensive shoreline management program created to balance private and public access while protecting the environmental, public recreational, cultural and scenic values of the project. Mr. Kluttz lives in Huntersville, North Carolina and is a member of the Huntersville Board of Adjustment.

Lisa Parrish Duke Energy Photo 427x640Lisa Parrish says she has the best job at Duke Energy. As a Community Relations Manager, Lisa works to share the company’s vision in the community and nurture meaningful relationships with key groups and organizations. Before moving to the Queen City, she lived in Alabama (Roll Tide!) and worked as the chief of staff to the president of the state utilities commission. Prior to that, Lisa was a television journalist. Her biggest lifetime accomplishment is the successful launch of four adult children – three of which are triplets.

Dan is the Emergency Preparedness and Quality Assurance Manager with the Coal Combustion Products Organization in Duke Energy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University. The majority of Dan’s 37 years of professional experience have been dedicated to environmental remediation activities. His primary area of expertise is Net Environmental Benefit Analysis.

John Crutchfield is Director of Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning Services at Duke Energy. Mr. Crutchfield is responsible for public safety, recreation planning including facilities design and construction, cultural resources and lands issues at Duke Energy’s power plant sites. Mr. Crutchfield received a B.S. degree in zoology (1979) and his M.S. degree in aquatic ecology with a statistics minor (1992) from N.C. State University. Mr. Crutchfield is also a 2002 Fellow of the NCSU Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Mr. Crutchfield has over 38 years’ experience in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydro project relicensing and compliance of environmental, shoreline management, and recreation issues.John Crutchfield Photo 180x240

Mr. Crutchfield served as President of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Board of Directors from 2010-2012 and was named President Emeritus in 2016. Mr. Crutchfield is currently serving on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Nongame Advisory Committee, the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists Board of Directors, and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He and his wife, Pam reside in Huntersville.

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dUKEFocus Friday – September 21st 8:30 to 10:00 am

Focus on Lake Norman – Our Shared Treasure 

Join Duke Energy for a three-part discussion on one of the greatest environmental assets in our region. The Focus Friday takes on Friday, September 21st from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius.

Topics include:

Lake Shoreline Management―Commercial classifications on Lake Norman have been called “zoning” on the water. Get an update from Duke Energy’s Lake Management professionals about Lake Shoreline permitting, lease renewals, and other related topics. (Presenter: Joe Kluttz, Lake Services Representative)

Marshall Steam Station Operations―Duke Energy is taking on one of its biggest environmental projects ever with ash basin closure. Industry scientists and engineers have developed strong, robust plans to safely close ash basins in ways that protect people, the environment and minimize the noise, truck traffic and other impacts to the local community. (Presenter: Lisa Parrish, Community Relations Manager)

Lake Norman Recreation Opportunities for 2018 and Beyond―We’ll take a look ahead at the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project recreation management plan and what’s on tap for Lake Norman recreation enhancements in the next five to 10 years. (Presenter: John Crutchfield, Director, Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning)

Focus Friday is a public policy program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce which examines community and legislative issues from multiple perspectives. While intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

The program is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program is emceed by Public Policy Chairman Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

Our Speakers include:

Joe Kluttz has more than thirty-seven years of experience with Duke Energy. During his tenure, he has had numerous roles including Electric Distribution, Risk Management, and Lake Services. He is currently a Lake Services Joe Kluttz Photo 480x640Representative on Lake Norman, a 32,475-acre hydroelectric project on the Catawba River. In this role, he facilitates a comprehensive shoreline management program created to balance private and public access while protecting the environmental, public recreational, cultural and scenic values of the project. Mr. Kluttz lives in Huntersville, North Carolina and is a member of the Huntersville Board of Adjustment.

Lisa Parrish Duke Energy Photo 427x640Lisa Parrish says she has the best job at Duke Energy. As a Community Relations Manager, Lisa works to share the company’s vision in the community and nurture meaningful relationships with key groups and organizations. Before moving to the Queen City, she lived in Alabama (Roll Tide!) and worked as the chief of staff to the president of the state utilities commission. Prior to that, Lisa was a television journalist. Her biggest lifetime accomplishment is the successful launch of four adult children – three of which are triplets.

Dan is the Emergency Preparedness and Quality Assurance Manager with the Coal Combustion Products Organization in Duke Energy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University. The majority of Dan’s 37 years of professional experience have been dedicated to environmental remediation activities. His primary area of expertise is Net Environmental Benefit Analysis.

John Crutchfield is Director of Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning Services at Duke Energy. Mr. Crutchfield is responsible for public safety, recreation planning including facilities design and construction, cultural resources and lands issues at Duke Energy’s power plant sites. Mr. Crutchfield received a B.S. degree in zoology (1979) and his M.S. degree in aquatic ecology with a statistics minor (1992) from N.C. State University. Mr. Crutchfield is also a 2002 Fellow of the NCSU Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Mr. Crutchfield has over 38 years’ experience in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydro project relicensing and compliance of environmental, shoreline management, and recreation issues.John Crutchfield Photo 180x240

Mr. Crutchfield served as President of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Board of Directors from 2010-2012 and was named President Emeritus in 2016. Mr. Crutchfield is currently serving on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Nongame Advisory Committee, the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists Board of Directors, and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He and his wife, Pam reside in Huntersville.

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Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members:

Notice of Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Nominations

 

Pursuant to Article IV, Section Three of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Bylaws, the Nominating Committee has recommended the following individuals as Board of Directors Members for the Class of 2021:

Joshua Dobi, North Main Financial Group, LLC
Tricia Sisson, The Range at Lake Norman
Joe Labovitz, Atrium Health
Sam James, James Funeral Home & NorthLake Memorial Gardens
Douglas Marion, Advanced Wealth Strategies, Inc.
Roger Layman, LaBella Associates DPC

At the regular September Meeting of the Board of Directors to be held Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hurt Hub 210 Delburg Street Classroom #208 in Davidson, additional nominations can be made from the floor by Directors or Chamber Members present. If there are no additional nominations or a contested election, the slate of Directors will be deemed elected by acclamation of the membership without further action.

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Pic B Michelle Murphy picOn Thursday, September 20th, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Champions of Diversity Luncheon at noon at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The Chamber will recognize the Corporation, Small Business, Nonprofit, and Individual who practices and promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In addition, the chamber will host Michelle Murphy, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition at Ingersoll Rand. Michelle leads Ingersoll Rand’s efforts to create and sustain a Progressive, Diverse and Inclusive (PDI) work environment, a key underpinning of their winning culture, deeply integrating PDI into Human Resource, functional and business processes across the company.

Chris Hailey, the Chamber’s Diversity Chair, oversees the Chamber’s efforts to increase an awareness and appreciation for the diverse demographic which makes up the Lake Norman regional workforce as well as the communities themselves. “Corporations, businesses, and community organizations that are diverse and inclusive are more dynamic, innovative, and much more successful than those who fail to recognize the strengths in our differences and our unique individual talents,” said Hailey.

The Lake Norman Chamber has focused efforts on Diversity since 2008 with an emphasis on programs which recognized the emergence of women in executive roles. Bill Russell, president of the Chamber, points to female owners and entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman market. “We have a substantial number of Lake Norman businesses owned and managed by female executives and we’re seeing more female involvement in the Board Room,” said Russell. “Our Women’s Conference held annually is attended by more than 100 local women business owners and a quick look around at our civic clubs and non-profits provides a strong indication at just how women have emerged as business and community leaders over the last couple of decades.”

The Chamber has also taken strides to engage minorities in the business and community fabric of the region. “It is extremely important to create programs that engage our African American, Asian, and Latino demographic as we shape and nurture the leadership of our community and emerging workforce,” added Hailey.

The Champions of Diversity Luncheon is presented by The McIntosh Law Firm. Gold Sponsors are MSC Industrial Supply and Sam’s Club of Mooresville and Silver Sponsors include Aquesta Bank and People’s Bank. The Media Sponsor is Business Today / Cornelius Today and the program Sponsor is Mama’s Pizza Express of Cornelius.

The luncheon is $20 and members and guests can register at lakenormanchamber.org or by calling the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922.

Caption: Michelle Murphy, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition at Ingersoll Rand will keynote the Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Luncheon Thursday, September 20th at River Run Country Club in Davidson.

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DobiThe following is a statement by 2018 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Joshua Dobi in response to the action taken yesterday by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).. It was distributed to Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members and area elected officials via an email Wednesday,, August 29, 2018..

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Member:

Recognizing that our local, regional, and state educational systems are foundational to a healthy business & economic climate, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce remains committed to working with our local elected officials in Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson, our regional elected officials in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and our state representatives in the NC General Assembly to seek healthy ways to address both current and ongoing needs of our students and teachers.

We are blessed to live in a region which is growing, but there are challenges which come with that. The Lake Norman Chamber encourages ongoing constructive conversation at all levels of government and in our business community so that our school systems can continue to have the opportunity to perform at a high level and continue to make the Lake Norman region a beautiful place to live, work, and play.

Joshua Dobi
2018 Board Chair
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704-892-1922 (o)
http://www.lakenormanchamber.org

 

 

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Logo VertI-77 Business Briefing
Where: Comfort Suites 14510 Boulder Park Drive Huntersville
When: Wednesday, August 22nd 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Contact: Bill Russell 704-650-8987 cell

 

The Economic Toll of a Fifty Year Blunder

A Financial Analysis on the Devastation the Cintra Contract will have on the Lake Norman Region

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, representing 950 businesses in the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman region, will host a business briefing on the costs and economic impact the planned tolls lanes will have on business and industry in the Charlotte – Lake Norman area. The presentation will take place this Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Comfort Suites Lake Norman located at 14510 Boulder Park Drive in Huntersville.

Presenting the financial case is Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett and John Hettwer, President and CEO of Payroll Plus. Both are members of the I-77 Policy Advisory Group which met last week at the Chamber to hear a presentation by North Carolina DOT Secretary Jim Trogdon.

Commissioner Puckett will review the path offered by the Department of Transportation and discuss the positive progress made to date by NC DOT and the Advisory Group as well as the actions needed on the path moving forward.

John Hettwer, a former Board Chair of the Chamber added, “The I-77 Business Plan, working in conjunction with the chamber, feels it is imperative to keep the public informed. An engaged and vocal public is critical as we continue to resolve this regional challenge.”

Bill Russell, president of the Chamber, points to the I-77 project as more than a transportation and quality of life issue for the communities and citizens of Lake Norman. “There is little question surrounding the impact I-77 congestion has had on business and commerce for some time. At long last the General Assembly and NC DOT recognize this project does not solve the congestion issue. The recent unanimous votes in both the House and Senate to cancel this project indicate state lawmakers see this as a nonpartisan issue hurting our region.”

David T. Hartgen, Emeritus Professor of Transportation Studies at UNC Charlotte, stated in a July 28, 2015 Affidavit, that the total direct costs of the toll lanes over the life of the contract would have a $33.84 billion negative impact or roughly 6% of the Total Corridor GDP (excluding inflation and a faster corridor growth than anticipated).

The meeting is open to the public. For more information contact the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce at 704-892-1922.

 

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IMG 0888 583x640The below message was distributed to Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members in an email Wednesday afternoon, August 15th following the I-77 Policy Advisory Board Meeting at the Chamber.

Lake Norman Chamber Member:

A little over three decades ago, I sat with great anticipation as Geraldo Rivera kept me on the edge of my seat opening Al Capone's secret vault on television. There was a lot of hype and hope but at the end of the day, all Geraldo discovered was a few old discarded beer bottles.

I felt that same sinking feeling today after all the hype of a significant decision regarding the I-77 toll lane project. That said, I do believe the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Governor's office, and our State Legislature all recognize the planned I-77 Toll Lanes will be an economic calamity for our region.

Next Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host an I -77 Business Briefing to be held at the Comfort Suites at Lake Norman, 14510 Boulder Park Drive in Huntersville. Attendees may arrive at 6:45. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett and Past Chamber Chair John Hettwer will be the presenters. While open to the public, the capacity is 85 people so it’s on a first arrival basis.

Don't expect the Chamber to sugarcoat the issue. This region must have congestion relief and that requires General Purpose Lanes for Lake Norman. The briefing will be a discussion of our next course of action as a business community.

I hope you can join us.

Sincerely,

Bill

W.E. "Bill" Russell, CCE, IOM
President & CEO
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704-892-1922 (o)
http://www.lakenormanchamber.org

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Join us for Focus Friday – August 17th 8:30 to 10:00 am

Focus on Transportation: Bike Paths and Rapid Transit in the North Corridor

Speakers: Geoff Steele – The Hummingbird Trail and Jason Lawrence - Senior Transportation Planner, Charlotte Area Transit System

The August Focus Friday will be a Focus on Transportation. Specifically an examination of potential bike trails and rapid transit in the North corridor.

The Focus Friday takes on Friday, July 20th from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius

Huntersville resident Geoff Steele will be on hand to discuss alternative transportation options in the Piedmont. Steele will discuss a transportation vision that supports a regional park 30 feet wide and 42 miles long – The Hummingbird Trail!

In addition, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will share options for the most effective rapid transit modes and alignments that match the region’s current land-use and transit values. The presentation will inform attendees on feedback heard in the fall of 2017 and will provide local business owners / managers with an opportunity to provide input on options presented. Attendees will learn about:

• The history of the LYNX Red Line and how we move forward
• Current proposed transit options in the north
• Information about rail to the airport and how rapid transit could integrate in Center City Charlotte

Focus Friday is a public policy program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce which examines community and legislative issues from multiple perspectives. While intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

The program is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program is emceed by Public Policy Chairman Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

About our Speakers:

Geoff R 427x640Geoff Steele – The Hummingbird Trail

At 75, Geoff Steele has been around awhile and yet he still believes the bicycle is the most efficient and economical transportation device ever designed by man. Since age 3, he has spent a lot of time on 2-wheelers, including 27 years of bike-commuting to/from work in the Washington DC metro region and recreating with family on bikes. The robust greenway and trail network there often found Geoff putting more annual miles on his bike than a car. So it was no surprise he hoped to find similar facilities here in the NC Piedmont after retiring. That didn’t quite pan out, so Geoff is now joining with others trying to improve our human-powered recreational environment -- to better and more safely accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

Jason Lawrence - Senior Transportation Planner, Charlotte Area Transit System  Jason

Jason Lawrence joined the Charlotte Area Transit System in 2000. For the past 18 years he has been the lead Transportation Planner for transit corridors in the 2030 Transit System Plan. He has also performed bus service planning, demographic analysis, implemented the Sprinter Airport Enhanced Bus service and was a member of the LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Team.

In 2016 Jason successfully guided a public process for the LYNX Silver Line Southeast Corridor Transit study that led to an approved light rail alignment from Uptown Charlotte to the Town of Matthews. Currently, Jason is leading a study to update the 2030 Transit System Plan. This effort will conclude in December 2018 with new rapid transit recommendations for the North and West corridors and strategies to implement and complete the 2030 System Plan.

In 2017 Jason was selected at the 2016 City of Charlotte Employee of the Year. Jason Lawrence has a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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August BusinessWorks!
Tuesday, August 14th 8:30-10 am
Topic: "Appointment Setting Mastery"


AppointmentOur August BusinessWorks will once again be held at our NEW TIME – Noon to 1:15 at the Chamber. It is a Lunch n’ Learn program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

This month we are fortunate to have Wes Muntz, Account Representative with WSIC Radio. Wes will share the importance of scheduled, well-crafted phone sessions; provide guidance on who, when and why to call; share insights to improve the likelihood of reaching the proper person and obtaining a one-on-one appointment; and help establish easily understood metrics that the attendees can utilize in their sales calls. Don’t miss this informative session!

The BusinessWorks! Program is brought to you in collaboration with SCORE – America’s Small Business Counselors. Held at the Chamber – Randy Marion Conference Room. BusinessWorks is a program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce that focuses on personal skills: management, marketing, operations, and sales.

About our Speaker: WSIC 29 640x523

After being a loyal listener for 20 years, Wes joined the WSIC team in February of 2014. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Wes graduated from Liberty University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, an Associates Degree in applied science as well as a bachelors and Masters Degree in Theology. After college, Wes served in the United States Air Force until 1996 when moved to Statesville. As a member of the WSIC team, Wes enjoys meeting with business owners to learn about their passions and using his three decades of marketing experience to assist connecting these businesses with the community. Wes is married and has two grown children. In addition to his work with WSIC, Wes is also the pastor of a local church.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 members, represents businesses in the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman region. For more information, visit LakeNormanChamber.org.

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