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March 22, 2022

Join us as we return to in-person events with limited capacity and the safety of our attendees, vendors, staff, and community at large fully in mind. We are closely monitoring the current situation and will make careful determinations on how we hold each event as it approaches.*

Engage. Network. Celebrate.

80th Annual Meeting

Join leaders from across the state at our 80th Annual Meeting for insight into our state’s business climate. This flagship event (held in-person and virtually) will include a compelling keynote speaker, an update on Chamber-related business, and networking opportunities with our state’s top leaders in business, government, and non-profit organizations.

Each year, the NC Chamber recognizes individuals with an outstanding sense of public responsibility who have made an indelible mark on our state by improving their communities, and honors them with the Distinguished Citizenship Award and Distinguished Public Service Award.  Celebrate our annual award recipients with us at this must-attend event!


* In alignment with the latest mandates, masks are required regardless of vaccination status in any indoor public space in Wake County. We will provide updates as we continue to receive guidance.

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Tuesday, March 22
11:15 amRegistration and Networking
12:00 pmWelcome Remarks
12:10 pmLunch Served
1:00 pmAwards Ceremony
  • Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient: Senator Kay Hagan
  • Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient: Karen Cochrane Brown, Former Division Director, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Distinguished Citizenship Award Recipients: Bradley Wilson, Former President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
1:30 pmPanel Discussion: Institute for Workforce Competitiveness
  • Dan Gerlach, Owner, Dan Gerlach LLC
  • Vincent Ginski, Strategist & Operations Manager, Gaston Business Association
  • Moderator: Gary Salamido, President and CEO, NC Chamber
2:15 pmKeynote Address
3:00 pmClosing Remarks