January Focus Friday: Meet Our New Town Commissioners

Featuring the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson & Huntersville Friday, January 17th 8:30 am

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020

This month’s Lake Norman Chamber Focus Friday will spotlight the new commissioners elected to the Town Boards in Cornelius and Davidson. Former Commissioner Jim Duke was reelected to the Board and newcomer Tricia Sisson, who served as Chamber Board Chair in 2019, was also elected to her first term. In Huntersville, Stacy Phillips and Lance Munger were also elected to their first terms on the Board.

While Davidson’s incumbents all were re-elected to the Board, Commissioner David Sitton will be on hand to meet with Chamber Members. Commissioner Sitton, who is serving his second term on the Board, will be the Town Board Member represented on the Lake Norman Chamber Board of Directors.

The five commissioners will discuss why they decided to seek public office and specific objectives they would like to see the town board achieve during their term.

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 takes place at the Lake Norman Chamber 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius Suite 201 Randy Marion Conference Room.

The program is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program will be moderated by 2019 Public Policy Chair Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 850 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

About Our Speakers: 

Lance Munger – Town of Huntersville

According to Lance, in June of 2012, he and his wife, Amy, managed to find the place that best fit their dreams of affordable home ownership and a strong sense of community when they arrived in Huntersville.  Lance states, “This might be considered the culmination of an epic journey across the country for me.”

Lance attended Columbia College and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. He has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field and, having spent the last 12 years as a consultant. Commissioner Munger has a vast array of experience in a number of different industries such as; retail, finance, insurers, government, oil, and manufacturing.  He hope to be be able to use this experience to help businesses in our community understand what does and doesn't work to help them excel and better serve our community.

Stacy Phillips – Town of Huntersville

Stacy Phillips, recently was elected in her first attempt at elected office.  When asked why she was running for Town Board last Fall, Stacy replied, “Because I love my town. I grew up in Huntersville and I want to ensure that as the town grows it remains somewhere that all citizens can afford to live and thrive.”  She added, “when asked what qualified her for the role, “I have the heart and dedication to be a public servant. I have spent my life serving others and championing for those who often feel like they don’t have a voice. Growing up in Huntersville and working here, has given me a firsthand look at the true day-to-day implications the decisions the board makes and how they impact our town, especially because I get to talk to citizens daily about their concerns and issues.”

Commissioner Phillips is the Town of Huntersville's alternate representative to the Chamber Board of Directors. Commissioner Dan Boone serving as the primary representative.

Tricia Sisson – Town of Cornelius

Tricia earned a BS in Business from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1987, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte in 1996.  Tricia is a small business owner and a National Account Manager for a fortune 100 consumer packaged goods company.  Tricia is also active in ministry work at St. Mark Catholic Church.

Tricia is the co-owner of The Range at Lake Norman, The Range at Ballantyne and The Pineville Gun Shop, with her husband Brian, a former Huntersville Town Commissioner. The Sisson’s operate the two state of the art indoor firearms ranges located at opposite ends of Charlotte.  Tricia has strong business ties to the community and the unique perspective of operating businesses in two states.  In building and operating a small business she knows what works well, and what doesn’t, and hopes to bring that knowledge to Cornelius as the Town and region continues to grow.  Tricia is the immediate Past Board Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Town of Cornelius’s representative to the Lake Norman Chamber Board of Directors.

Jim Duke – The Town of Cornelius

Elected to his first term in 2013, Jim became Town Commissioner after a tough campaign with a field of 10 candidates and winning his home precinct outright.  Jim is driven by three goals: 1) improve Town services with an emphasis on underserved areas; 2) establish and encourage dialog between and among divergent interests within the Town; and 3) set appropriate funding priorities for maximum impact and reasonable costs.

As a career Army Officer, Jim distinguished himself on the battlefield and in staff positions at the Pentagon.  Jim received the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor and the Air Medal for Valor in Vietnam and has numerous awards for meritorious service and leadership.

He followed his military experience with 24 years in the Civil Service.  He was posted to the Executive Office of the President and served two sitting Presidents.

Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and Graduated with Honors at Syracuse University with a Master’s Degree in Financial Management. Jim is also a graduate of The Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.

David Sitton – Town of Davidson

David, serving his second term on the Davidson Town Board is President at CLN Worldwide. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Management. When asked why he was running for his first term in 2017, David replied, “ Historically, Davidson has done a reasonably good job managing growth given the pressures the region has faced in the last 25 years. The concern is that Davidson has recently moved away from many of the practices that allowed Davidson to manage growth the way it has for nearly three decades.”

He added, “In particular, Davidson has recently decided that it is now “time” to build sewer and water into the rural area. This has been the lever which has controlled growth in the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) since the 90s, and this decision will result in rapid build-out of the remaining land. Secondly, Davidson has always held that citizen-input was vital to the decision-making process and the growth and direction of our town. Davidson however has recently eliminated the charrette process and moved to a by-right zoning which has the effect of fast-tracking development projects. Thirdly, Davidson has decided to move to a high-density form of development that is more reflective of urban area design and scale. This has already started to change the character of Davidson, as a historic small college town.”

Commissioner Sitton is the Town of Davidson’s appointment to the Lake Norman Chamber Board of Directors.