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June 30, 2020

Following recommendations issued by Governor Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, the NC Chamber’s 78th Annual Meeting has been postponed. Our team remains in close contact with state officials and we feel that this decision is in the best interest of the health and welfare of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and plan to announce the new date for the event as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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78th Annual Meeting | 2020 Playbook: Keeping NC First in Business

Being named the #1 state for business by Forbes magazine three years in a row does not happen by accident. NC is thriving. But complacency can prove dangerous. Join leaders from across the state at our Annual Meeting for insight into our state’s business climate and strategies that will ensure NC stays on top.

At this event, we will also present the Award for Distinguished Citizenship and Award for Distinguished Service to two individuals who have made an indelible mark on our state by improving their communities and statewide business climate. Our 78th Annual Meeting is structured as a lunch program, including a compelling keynote speaker, a celebration of our award recipients and an update on Chamber-related business.

Please note: Due to high attendance, purchasing a reserved table or sponsorship is the only way to guarantee you will be seated at a prime location with your preferred guests/colleagues.

At this time, the Annual Meeting is still on at the Marriott Raleigh City Center on March 31. We have been in close touch with state officials and, today, risk to North Carolinians remains low. We will continue to encourage best practices for prevention and reevaluate should the situation change.
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Tuesday, March 31
11:00 amRegistration and Networking
11:45 amWelcome Remarks

Ward Nye, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Marietta

12:00 pmLunch and Networking
1:00 pmAwards Ceremony
  • Distinguished Public Servant Award Recipient: Brigadier General James R. Gorham
  • Distinguished Citizenship Award Recipient: George H.V. Cecil, Chairman, Biltmore Farms
1:30 pmKeynote Address

Lynn Good, CEO, Duke Energy

1:50 pmA Conversation with Torry Holt
  • Torry Holt, Vice President of Holt Brothers Construction and President of the Holt Brothers Foundation
  • Sharon Delaney McCloud, Partner and Vice President of Professional Development, Walk West
2:15 pmNC Chamber Vision and Mission Update

Hear an update from NC Chamber leadership on our vision and mission to ensure that North Carolina is one of the best places in the world to do business.

  • Gary Salamido, President and CEO, NC Chamber
  • Kelly Fuller, President, NC Chamber Foundation
  • Ray Starling, General Counsel and President of the NC Chamber Legal Institute, NC Chamber
  • Sepi Saidi, President and CEO, SEPI, Inc.
  • Moderator: Kate Payne, Vice President of Communications, NC Chamber
2:50 pmClosing Remarks