Leadership Team

We're a team of professionals working with the business professionals of the Lake Norman region, from those in the corporate community to those in the medical community, from those in retail to those in real estate and recreation. You can visit our staff in our offices at 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius or reach any of us by calling (704) 892-1922.

William E. “Bill” Russell

W.E. "Bill" Russell, CCE IOM
President & CEO
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704.892.1922 ext. 205


Bill Russell, the president and chief executive officer of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, is a resident of Huntersville, NC. Bill attended Winthrop University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He served in 1992-1993 as the 73rd President of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees).

Bill serves on the Boards of Visit Lake Norman, United Way – Lake Norman, Hugh Torance House & Store, Habitat for Humanity, and the Ada Jenkins Center. He is a past president of the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club and the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is also a member of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club. In 1996, he was recognized with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen in the State of South Carolina for his civic involvement. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management and a Fellow with the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership. In 2008, Bill acheived his Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation with ACCE.

Brett Zabek

Brett Zabek, MBA
Vice President & COO
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
(704) 892.1922 ext. 201


Brett oversees the financial operations of the Chamber including membership receivables as well as implementing new programs for the organizations. Brett has 20-years of comprehensive business experience primarily working with and for small & medium-sized businesses.  He earned his MBA from Wake Forest University, serves on the Board for the Carolina Rapids, and is actively involved with the Cornelius Elementary PTO.  He is originally from the Chicago area where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Concordia University – Chicago. He currently resides in Cornelius, NC with his wife and 3 children.

Jack Stevens

Jack Stevens
Membership Services
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704.892.1922 EXT. 204


Jack is the "go-to" guy for information regarding:

• Networking events
• Event sponsorship and marketing opportunities
• Ribbon cuttings
• Membership education programs including seminars, workshops, and professional development

He's also responsible for the membership benefit programs, as well as membership contact information, membership renewals and new members. Prior to working at the Chamber, Jack spent 30+ years as a retail banker in the San Francisco Bay Area.  There he served as Senior Vice President and also served on the Bank's Board of Directors.  In 1989-90, he served as president of his local Rotary Club and was very involved with his church.  He and his wife Vickie moved to the beautiful lake region for a complete change of pace.  In adition to his position at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Jack is an active Board Member of H.O.H.T (Helping Others Help Themselves - a local employment training and job bank.

Elizabeth Morgan

Elizabeth Morgan
Director of Membership Resources
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce


Elizabeth Morgan was named Director of Membership Resources for the Lake Norman Chamber in December 2012. Elizabeth is responsible for educating new and existing chamber businesses on maximizing their chamber benefits and marketing opportunities. She has 22 years of retail management experience with Burdines and Dillard's Department Stores and the Lake Norman Citizen in marketing and sales. She has served as the Executive Director of the Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival, Event Organizing Team of LKN SEAL Swim 2013 benefitting Operation Restored Warrior, and the acting Leadership Team of the Justice Conference, Charlotte (February 2014). Elizabeth lives in Cornelius with her son Riley who is an Honor student at Bailey Road Middle School.

Callan Bryan

2017 Board of Directors
2016 Board Chair

Callan H. Bryan - Estate & Elder Law Firm of Vandiver & Bryan

Jay Lesemann, Jr. CPA CGMA

2017 Board of Directors
2017 Board Chair
J A (Jay) Lesemann Jr CPA CGMA - Lesemann CPA, LLC

Richard Pappas

2017 Board of Directors
Finance & Operations, Vice Chair
Richard Pappas - New Dominion Bank

Jim Vogel

2017 Board of Directors
Business Growth, Vice Chair
Jim Vogel, I.M.U. Social Media LLC

Sam James

2017 Board of Directors
Community Affairs, Vice Chair
Sam James - James Funeral Home.

Joshua Dobi, CFP

2017 Board of Directors 
Public Policy, Vice Chair
2018 Chair Elect
Joshua Dobi - Dobi Financial Group, LLC
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