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Our Distinguished Speakers and Panelists
The following business leaders have graciously volunteered their time to participate in the 2009 North Carolina CEO forum. They will offer their insights and perspectives on a variety of topics relating to tactical and strategic implications to North Carolina of the current global economic crisis. To learn more about any of our distinguished participants, click on their image below.
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Bill Atkinson

President and CEO
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

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H.W. McKay Belk

President and CMO
Belk, Inc.

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Keith Crisco

North Carolina
Secretary of Commerce

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Rick Deckelbaum

President and CEO
Rick Deckelbaum & Associates

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Jim Goodmon

President and CEO
Capital Broadcasting

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Robert Greczyn

CEO
BCBS of North Carolina

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Frank Holding, Jr.

Chairman and CEO
First Citizens Bank

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Brian Kinahan

Managing Partner
Summit Performance Systems

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Marc Noel

Chairman
Noel Group, LLC

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John Ryan

President
Center for Creative Leadership

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Eric Teal

Chief Investment Officer
First Citizens Bank

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Ira Weiss

Dean, NCSU
College of Management

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Stephen Cooper

Government Affairs Counselor
K&L Gates

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Blake Coules

Head of the Asset Resolution Group
RBC Bank USA

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Randy Drawas

CMO
Kaspersky Lab Americas

Publisher, Threatpost.com

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Michael Fagan

CEO
Attends Healthcare Products

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Dennis Gillings

Chairman and CEO
Quintiles Transnational Corp.

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Jim Goodnight

CEO
SAS

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Frank Gozzo

Chairman and CEO
Noverant, Inc.

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Bob Greenberg

NC Senior State Executive
IBM

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Robert Ingram

Vice Chairman
GlaxoSmithKline

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Billie Redmond

CEO
Coldwell Banker Commerical Trademark Properties

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Suzanne Sutter

CEO
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC

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Glen Tullman

CEO
Allscripts

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Lloyd Yates

CEO
Progress Energy-Carolinas

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Chairman of The Noel Group
CEO of First Citizens Bank
Chief Investment Officer of First Citizens Bank
Dean - NCSU
College of Management
North Carolina Secretary of Commerce
CEO
BCBS of North Carolina
Vice-Chairman
Pharmaceuticals GlaxoSmithKline
Head of the Asset Resolution Group for RBC Bank USA
Chief Executive Officer, SAS
President & Chief Executive Officer
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
CEO of Coldwell Banker Commerical Trademark Properties
CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC
President & CEO, Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Allscripts
President and CEO, WakeMed Health & Hospitals
President, Center for Creative Leadership
IBM Senior State Executive for North Carolina
Dennis Gillings, CBE, PhD
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Quintiles Transnational Corp.
Stephen Cooper
Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates
Rick Deckelbaum President & CEO
Rick Deckelbaum & Associates
Frank Gozzo
Chairman and CEO, Noverant, Inc.
Brian Kinahan
Managing Partner, Summit Performance Systems
Randy Drawas
Chief Marketing Officer, Kaspersky Lab Americas
Publisher, Threatpost.com
H.W. McKay Belk
President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Belk, Inc.
Michael Fagan
CEO Attends Healthcare Products

Marc Noel - Chairman of The Noel Group

Marc Noel
Chairman, The Noel Group

Marc Noël is chairman of Noël Group, a privately-held, international industrial group that invests in and manages a portfolio of companies active in the transformation of engineered synthetic materials.

Born in Belgium, Mr. Noël moved to the United States in 1979 to establish Nomaco Inc. as a subsidiary of Belgium-based NMC, s.a., a manufacturer of extruded flexible foam insulation products. Nomaco, which became independent from its Belgian parent company and moved to Zebulon, NC in 1989, today is a leader in custom thermoplastic foam extrusions used in a variety of industries including home furnishings, construction, insulation and packaging.

In 1998, Mr. Noël founded Nomacorc LLC to manufacture co-extruded synthetic closures for the wine industry. That same year, Mr. Noël was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas. Nomacorc is now the market leader and largest manufacturer of synthetic wine corks in the world, selling more than 2 billion closures throughout 40 countries in 2008.

Based on Nomaco’s early successes, Mr. Noël founded Noel Group, LLC to broaden the company’s activities. Today, Noël Group encompasses Spongex and Jyco Europe in addition to Nomaco and Nomacorc; and as a whole, the company operates facilities in the US, Europe and China and employs in excess of 1,000 associates.

Mr. Noël is an active volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Frankie Lemmon Foundation and the Triangle Community Foundation. He and his wife, Cecile, live in Raleigh.

Additional Facts
Board positions:
Noel Group LLC, Wake Forest, NC, Chairman
Nomaco Inc., Zebulon, NC, Chairman
Nomacorc LLC, Zebulon, NC, Chairman
Neuhaus USA, Inc., New York, NY
Compagnie Immobiliere du Bois Sauvage, Brussels, Belgium
Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Asten Johnson Inc, Charleston, SC

Born: September 11, 1952
Married to: Cecile Noel
Father of three: Judith, Michael, Wendy
High School: Jesuit boarding school in Belgium
University: Undergraduate, University of Aachen, Germany
Graduate, University of Koeln, Germany

Frank Holding Jr. - CEO of First Citizens Bank

Frank B. Holding, Jr
President and Chief Executive Officer, First Citizens Bank

Frank B. Holding, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Citizens Bank and First Citizens BancShares. He was named President in 1994 and CEO in January 2008. During his career with the bank, he has served in a variety of other senior management positions across North Carolina in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Swansboro and Wilmington. His community involvement extends to participation on the board of directors for the North Carolina Chamber, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Mount Olive Pickle Company and the Institute for Defense and Business. Under his leadership, 111-year-old First Citizens has continued to grow and expand its services. Today, the Raleigh-headquartered company has $16.7 billion in assets and 400 branch offices.

Eric Teal - Chief Investment Officer of First Citizens Bank

Eric Teal
Chief Investment Officer, First Citizens Bank

Eric Teal is the Chief Investment Officer of First Citizens Bank, a position he has held since the start of 2003. He also leads the bank’s Capital Management Group. His responsibilities include the investment management and oversight of approximately $5 billion in assets under management. He oversees asset allocation, overall investment strategy and equity and fixed income portfolio management for the bank. He is responsible for actively conducting and overseeing research and management of the bank’s investment products. Eric is frequently featured as an expert commentator on television programs such as Bloomberg News and quoted in the local and national media on investing, the economy and the markets. He is a guest speaker at many seminars around the country and is an influential leader in the asset management industry. Eric serves on the President’s Leadership Council for Rhodes College. He is also chairman of the UNC-TV Foundation Board and the Investment Committee, which is organized and operated for charitable and educational activities that are for the benefit of the UNC Center for Public Television.

Ira Weiss - Dean, NCSU College of Management

Ira Weiss
Dean, North Carolina State University College of Management

Ira R. Weiss, Ph.D., CPA, joined North Carolina State University as the third dean of the College of Management in December 2004. Prior to joining NC State, he served as dean at Northeastern University in Boston, dean of The Madrid Business School in Spain and vice president and chief information officer of the University of Houston, and held faculty positions in accounting and information technology at New York University and the University of Houston. Dr. Weiss received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and his Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Since coming to NC State, he has focused much of his efforts on building corporate external relationships, branding the college for its emphasis on technology and innovation management, building new global relationships, implementing a growth plan that will increase both the size of the student body and faculty by one third, creating a College of Management campus and presence in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, engaging in interdisciplinary research and new graduate degrees with other colleges on campus, and creating innovative executive programs. An outcome of these activities combined with the efforts of the faculty and staff have most recently led to the naming of the Jenkins Graduate School of Management within the college. This naming is part of a recently completed $30+ million dollar college capital campaign. Also since his arrival, the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs have been ranked amongst the top business schools in the country, by both US News & Business Week and the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs in the college were ranked 20th in the country by the Public Accounting Report.

Dr. Weiss has extensive business experience both as a practicing CPA and a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He has lectured extensively throughout the world on topics ranging from globalization to competitive advantage through technology and breakthrough innovations.

Dr. Weiss and his wife Michele have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children.

Keith Crisco - North Carolina Secretary of Commerce

Keith Crisco
North Carolina Secretary of Commerce

PERSONAL DATA

Residence - 1263 Thayer Drive, Asheboro, NC
Family Data - Married to the former Jane Sidbury of Wilmington, NC 

Children 

John, Vice President - Asheboro Elastics, Asheboro, NC
Jeff, Vice President - Asheboro Elastics, Asheboro, NC
Julia, Mother and Housewife - Asheboro, NC

Born and raised on dairy farm near Aquadale, NC

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • A.B. Mathematics and Physics, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC, 1964
  • M.B.A. Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, 1968

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Since February, 1986 - President, Chairman of Asheboro Elastics Corporation, Asheboro, NC
  • 1978 - 1986 President, Stedman Elastics, Asheboro, NC
  • 1968 - 1978 Burlington Industries
    • Assistant to Executive VP, Greensboro, NC
    • Account Manager, Chicago, IL
    • National Accounts Manager, New York, NY
  • 1970 - 1971 White House Fellow, Washington, DC
    • Assistant to Secretary of Commerce

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES 

  • Board of Trustees, Former Chairman, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC (1981-2008)
  • City Councilman - City of Asheboro, NC (2003-present)
  • Chairman of Board, Globio, Inc., Portland, OR 
  • Former Chairman, N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, Raleigh, NC 
  • Chairman Administrative Board, Lay Leader, Delegate to Annual Conference, Sunday School Teacher, First United Methodist Church, Asheboro, NC 
  • Chairman - American Apparel Producers Network 
  • Member Dean's Advisory Council - North Carolina School of Public Health 
  • Board Member - American Apparel and Footwear Association 
  • Board Member - Randolph Community College, Asheboro, NC 
  • Board Member - North Carolina Community Foundation 
  • Board Member - North Carolina Action for Children 
  • Board Member - TC2, Cary, NC 
  • Board Member, Bennett College, Greensboro, NC (1969-1974) 
  • Board Member, Cary, IL, School Board (1972-1974) 
  • Board Member, Vice Chairman, Asheboro City School Board (1981-1987) 
  • Board Member, Randolph County Salvation Army 
  • Past Chairman, Randolph County Economic Development Corporation 
  • White House Fellowship Regional Selection Panel (1980-2008)

Bob Greczyn - CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Robert J. Greczyn Jr.
CEO, BCBS of North Carolina

Bob Greczyn is president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), the state’s largest health insurer. Greczyn began his health care career by founding a community health center in rural Anson County, N.C., a post that allowed him to make a difference in people’s lives and improve the health of his community. Now, more than 25 years later, his mission remains similar, but on the much bigger scale of 3.7 million people served by BCBSNC.

After joining the company in 1998 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, Greczyn was named president in 1999 and became CEO in April 2000. Throughout his tenure, he has led the company’s efforts to promote healthier lifestyles and assist members in managing chronic health conditions.

Greczyn serves on both the Board of Trustees for BCBSNC and on the board of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He also is chair of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. In addition, he chairs the Board of Trustees at East Carolina University and in April 2008, he became chair of the Triangle United Way Board of Directors. He is immediate past chairman of the board of directors for the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, an alliance of the nation’s leading health plans, and immediate past chairman of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

Greczyn earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from East Carolina University. He also completed the executive program in health care finance management at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Robert A. Ingram - Vice Chairman, Pharmaceuticals GlaxoSmithKline

Robert A. Ingram
Vice Chairman, Pharmaceuticals GlaxoSmithKline

Bob Ingram is a thirty-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. He began his career as a sales representative and over the years advanced into upper management at companies such as Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and Merck. He joined Glaxo Inc. in 1990 and ultimately became CEO and Chairman of Glaxo Wellcome. Bob now serves as Vice-Chairman, Pharmaceuticals GlaxoSmithKline.

Throughout his career, Bob has earned a reputation for excellence in leadership, and is recognized as one of the pharmaceutical industry’s best ambassadors. That excellence in leadership is what inspired friend and former President George H.W. Bush to ask Bob to form the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, for which Bob now serves as Vice Chair.

Now “retired”, Bob continues to offer his expertise on a number of boards and organizations, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Allergan Inc., Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. He is also Chairman of OSI Pharmaceuticals, and Lead Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute.

Bob is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and enjoys collecting and restoring Porsches.

Blake Coules - Head of the Asset Resolution Group for RBC Bank USA

Blake Coules
Head of the Asset Resolution Group, RBC Bank USA

Blake Coules, based in Raleigh North Carolina, currently serves as the Head of the Asset Resolution Group for RBC Bank USA. In this capacity Blake the guides the business’ overall strategy and resolution of the Bank’s challenged asset portfolio. Blake comes to this role after serving as CEO and Managing Director for RBC Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Business, which included the bank’s Builder Finance division.

Prior to leading the RBC Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Business, Blake served as Head of Commercial Risk. In this capacity, he was responsible for the adjudication and the quality of the bank’s Commercial portfolio. Prior to this role, Blake, served as Head of Production for Builder Finance in Canada for RBC Financial Group.

Blake has been with RBC for more than 25 years in various leadership roles in a variety of businesses and functions, including a 3-year assignment in Japan.

Blake joined RBC after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto. Blake has also completed his Executive MBA at the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business.

Dr. Jim Goodnight - Chief Executive Officer, SAS

Dr. Jim Goodnight
Chief Executive Officer, SAS

Since he co-founded SAS in 1976, Jim Goodnight has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. A worldwide leader in business analytics, SAS has more than 11,000 employees in 54 countries. In 2008, the company’s revenue was $2.26 billion, its 33rd consecutive year of growth and profitability. In 2004, Harvard Business School named him as one of the “20th Century’s Great American Business Leaders,” citing his impact on “the way people have lived, worked and interacted in the 20th century.” Jim has a Ph.D. in statistics and speaks internationally on leadership, education and innovation.

Jim Goodmon - President & Chief Executive Officer, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.

Jim Goodmon
President & Chief Executive Officer
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.

Organization: Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Wholly Owned Subsidiaries:
WRAL-TV/WRAL-DT - Raleigh
WRAZ-TV/WRAZ-DT - Raleigh
WRAL-FM/WRAL-FM/HD – Raleigh
WCMC-FM/WCMC-FM/HD - Creedmoor
WJZY-TV/WJZY-DT - Charlotte
WMYT-TV/WMYT-DT - Charlotte
WILM-LPTV - Wilmington
CBC New Media Group, LLC
Capitol Radio Network, Inc.
Microspace Communications Corporation
The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Inc.
American Campus
Diamond View I, II, III
Sunrise Broadcasting, LLC

Career: 
1979 - Present Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
President/CEO
1975 – 1979 Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
President
1973 - 1975 Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. Executive Vice President
1968 - 1973 Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. Operations Manager - WRAL-TV
1965 - 1968 United States Navy

Education: 
College: Duke University - 1961 – 1965 (No Degree)
Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree – Duke University (May 2008)
Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree - Pfeiffer College (May 1991)

Honors and Achievements:
Raleigh Hall of Fame – September 9, 2008
Jim and Barbara Goodmon were inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for serving the Raleigh community and their work with the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, the Healing Place of Wake County, and dozens of other groups in helping to provide hope to the less fortunate.

2008 Health Promotions and Disease Prevention Award – April 14, 2008
Jim Goodmon, along with his wife and A.J. Fletcher Foundation President Barbara Goodmon were presented with this national award for HIV & AIDS awareness for their efforts to reduce the burden of HIV and AIDS in minority communities.

Design Guild Award – April 12, 2008
The Design Guild selected Jim Goodmon for “his innovative approach to preserving architectural treasures and renewing urban environments.”

Impact Award – April 26, 2007
The Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women presented Jim Goodmon with this award for his influence on the landscape of downtown Durham and his significant contribution and positive effect on the Triangle’s commercial real estate industry. He was cited for being a successful leader and passionate about his work.

Civic Honor Award – February 5, 2007
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce presented this award to Jim Goodmon for being a major contributor to Durham and the Triangle region for many years, devoting time, energy and financial support to many initiatives and projects to help make the region a better place to live and work.

Friend of Education Award – October 12, 2006
This award was given to Jim Goodmon by Wake Education Partnership, Raleigh, North Carolina. The organization referred to him as a “visionary” that challenges the community and its leaders to make school funding a priority and promise for every child a quality education. He was described as a great education leader and one of the people in our state who has done the most to help improve public schools and to help children of North Carolina.

Public Television Leadership Award – October 6, 2006
This national award was given to Barbara and Jim Goodmon at the PBS Development Conference in Baltimore, MD for securing major funding on behalf of WUNC-TV and played a critical role in assuring that the people of North Carolina continue to enjoy the benefits of enriching, life-changing services that are the bedrock of the mission of public broadcasters.

Community Impact Award – June 21, 2006
Council for Entrepreneurial Development gave Jim Goodmon this award for providing visionary leadership and having such a profound impact on the Triangle as an executive, board member and philanthropist.

William H. Spurgeon III Award – March 4, 2006
Given to Jim Goodmon by Learning for Life for his continuous support of Exploring. Learning for Life’s mission is to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership, and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.

2005 Business Leader of the Year – February 2006
Business Leader Magazine honored Jim and Barbara Goodmon as “Two individuals each with their own mission and purpose bonded together by value, principles and commitment.” This award “honors a person who has demonstrated the spirit of leadership in business and whose achievements have significantly impacted our community.”

Marty L. Prairie Award – December 6, 2005
This award was given to Jim and Barbara Goodmon for demonstrating bold and positive local, state and national leadership to improve the lives of persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

2005 Broadcasters’ Foundation Pioneer Award – April 20, 2005
This award is given by the nonprofit Broadcasters’ Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial aid to fellow broadcasters who are in acute financial need.

2004 Futrell Award – October 5, 2004
Given each year by Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism established in honor of Ashley B. Futrell, Sr., publisher of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington, NC Daily News to a Duke alumnus who has made distinguished contributions to the field of communications.

2003 Tarheel of the Year – December 28, 2003
The News and Observer Newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina gave this honor to Jim Goodmon “because of his involvement and influence in two arenas: the redevelopment of Durham’s American Tobacco complex and the national debate about how many television and radio stations a single media company should be allowed to own.” 

Organizations, Current: 

A.J. Fletcher Foundation
Chairman of the Board

Brier Creek Country Club
Board of Directors

Capital City Club
Board of Governors

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
President/CEO and Board of Directors
President - Subsidiaries Listed Above

Duke University Health System
Board of Directors

The Fletcher Academy, School of Achievement, Inc.
Chairman of the Board

Leadership Triangle
Chairman of the Board

North Ridge Country Club
Member

Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Member

RBC Centura Bank
Board of Directors

Watauga Club
Member (past President) 

Personal:
Date of Birth: August 31, 1943
Place of Birth: St. Petersburg, FL

Wife: 
Barbara Lyons Goodmon
1965 Graduate, St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Memphis, Tennessee – Registered Nurse
1994 Graduate Magna cum Laude, Meredith College - BA in History
2000 Graduate, North Carolina State University - Masters of Liberal Studies

Children: 
Elizabeth Goodmon Jordan
1997 Graduate, Barton College, Wilson, NC
2005 Graduate, East Carolina University, Masters in Teaching

James (Jimmy) F. Goodmon, Jr.
1999 Graduate, Hampden-Sydney College
2005 Graduate, University of North Carolina – MBA

Michael J. Goodmon
2002 Graduate, Hampden-Sydney College
2006 Graduate, Campbell University, Masters of Trust and Investment Management

Grandchildren: Michael Lawrence McIntyre (Age 11)
Claire Elizabeth Jordan (Age 4)
Michael Johnston Goodmon, Jr. (Born October 6, 2008)

Billie Redmond - CEO of Coldwell Banker Commerical Trademark Properties

Billie Redmond
CEO
Coldwell Banker Commerical Trademark Properties

Billie Redmond is a native North Carolinian, growing up in the small textile town of Eden. She is President and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, a Raleigh-based property management, leasing and brokerage services company. In June 2003, TradeMark Properties joined the national affiliate, representing a variety of asset and facility management clients. Today the Triangle Business Journal ranks TradeMark as the largest commercial real estate firm in the Triangle.

Her employment experience includes a marketing position at Edward Weck and Company in Research Triangle Park. She then joined with Don Walston and Alton Smith of Howard Perry and Walston Realty to form a commercial real estate company. Billie acquired majority ownership in 1994 and changed the name of the company to TradeMark Properties. TradeMark Properties represents a variety of asset and facility management clients, with Billie maintaining the corporate relationship directly with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, Centrex Properties, and Plaza Associates. She is also a Managing Member of Occidental LLC, which acquired and renovated Raleigh's historic Occidental Life Insurance Building. The building, which has now been renamed the Coldwell Banker Building, won the Triangle Business Journal's SPACE Award in 2006 for the best redevelopment project in the Triangle. And s Sir Walter Raleigh Award in 2008.

Billie is active in a number of civic and charitable activities. Most recently she has been appointed co-chair of the Wake County Citizens' Facilities Advisory Committee, an independent committee charged with evaluating the Wake County Public School System's capital improvement programs as well as other County capital improvement programs. In 2006 she also received the Opening Doors Award from the Business and Professional Women/USA's groups of Raleigh and the Triangle, for excellence in her career and making strides to open doors for women in the workplace.

In 2005, Billie was inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women for her efforts to empower women and eliminate racism. She is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, where she served an unprecedented extended term. She serves on the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools of Wake County, the Kids' N Community Foundation, the Triangle Community Foundation, the Raleigh Area Development Authority, Paragon Commercial Bank, and the WakeMed Health and Hospital system. She is a member of Pleasant Grove Church. Billie also serves on two advisory boards, one for KB Homes and another for Coldwell Banker Commercial. In 2002-2003, Billie served on the Fayetteville Street Revisioning Committee and continues to serve on the Convention Center Steering Committee. She was previously a member of the Board of Directors for Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Communities in Schools of Wake County, Triangle Family Services, North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Science and Wake Education Partnership. She has served on the Habitat for Humanity Board Development committee, YMCA Board Development committee, CIAA steering committee, and President of the Board of Directors for the Women's Center. She is currently an active member of the Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women chapter.

In 2006, Billie was named Realtor of the year by the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors. She has received the Triangle Business Journal's Women in Business Award and the Lifetime Achievement award for Women in Business 2008 by the Triangle Business Journal, been named to the Business Leader Impact list, and been named Tar Heel of the Week by The News and Observer, as well as being recognized as one of Business Leader Magazine's Women Extraordinaire. Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties has been recognized in Metro Magazine Metro Bravo! Awards as being one of the top commercial real estate firms in the Triangle and has been named a Best Place to Work by Triangle Business Journal. In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Billie's firm was named the top office in North Carolina by Coldwell Banker Commercial. In 2008, TradeMark ranked in the top 5,000 privately held businesses in the United States.

Suzanne Sutter - CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC

Suzanne Sutter
CEO
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC

Suzanne Sutter is an accomplished and award winning leader, driving organizations to achieve outstanding financial and business results while creating cultures that enable others to thrive and make a difference. Upon graduating in 1977 from Case Western Reserve University with a graduate degree in Organization Behavior and Change, she joined Cole National Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. As a change agent, she engineered human resources into being viewed as a line impact function and progressed to become Chief Human Resource Officer of this billion-dollar retailer in 1984. Her success in leading strategic initiatives resulted in a promotion to a General Manager in 1991.

Suzanne led the revitalization of a licensed retail gift business operating within Sears and other big box retailers through new format creations and acquisition. Her success in managing change led to a promotion to President, Things Remembered, Inc. in 1997. During her 10-year reign as President, Suzanne more than doubled the earnings through merchandise and marketing innovation, as well as expanding channels of distribution beyond the 650+ store chain. Under her leadership, the company developed an outstanding reputation for its compassion, giving, and commitment to charities.

In 1998, Things Remembered partnered with the Make-a-Wish Foundation by creating a holiday ornament to raise money to make magical wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. This cause marketing program grew tremendously, raising nearly $5 million in nine years for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The CEO of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of America recognized the leadership at Things Remembered in 199l with the prestigious “Wishmaker Award” as the only company in their history to integrate their cause into a company culture.

Suzanne’s passion for the cause motivated her to become a leader with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In 1998, she became a member of the Board of Trustees, Greater Ohio and Kentucky. In 2001, Suzanne was elected to the National Board of Trustees of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In 2004 she was elected to National Board Chair. During her leadership as National Board Chair, she spearheaded a significant change in the national governance structure, dramatically increased the headquarters’ net assets, and upgraded the quality of national leadership.

Suzanne’s achievements in leading change at Make-A-Wish were recognized in the book “Leveraging Good Will” by Alice Korngold. Suzanne’s teammates at Things Remembered and her colleagues at Make-A-Wish honored her achievements by building a Wish House in her honor at Give Kids the World in Orlando, Florida. The Wish House will host families for many years to come who are celebrating a wish at Disney World or Universal Studios.

Suzanne has also contributed to her alma mater, The Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University, in several ways. Suzanne’s experience in training and development was an asset in helping develop MBA students. For eight years, she served as a leadership mentor as a part of the Weatherhead MBA Mentoring Program. Moreover, she was a frequent guest lecturer at the business school and at Weatherhead’s Dively Center, which provides executive education. Lectures featured a variety of topics, including organization development, leadership, women in leadership and social responsibility. Suzanne’s 30-year career culminated with her leading the sale of Things Remembered to a private equity group in October 2007 for $190 million. Today, she serves on the advisory committee of the School of Entrepreneurial Studies of Thunderbird University, on the advisory committee of Give Kids the World, and is the President of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina

Lloyd M. Yates - President & CEO Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.

Lloyd M. Yates
President & CEO
Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.

Lloyd Yates is President & CEO for Progress Energy Carolinas, an electric utility serving 1.4 million customers, with over 13,000 megawatts of generation in a 34,000-square-mile service area in the Carolinas. In that role, Yates is responsible for management and strategic direction of the electric utility.

Yates has more than 26 years experience in the energy business, including generation and energy delivery. Yates was promoted to his current position July 1 2007, after serving for over two years as Senior Vice President in Energy Delivery. Previously, Yates served as Vice President-Transmission for Progress Energy Carolinas from 2003 to 2005. He also served as Vice President-Fossil Generation from 1998 to 2003. He came to then-CP&L from PECO Energy, where he had served in a number of engineering and management roles over 16 years.

Yates graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He attended the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and the Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Yates serves on the boards of High Five, Triangle Urban League, North Carolina Economic Development Committee, North Carolina Community College Foundation Board and the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies.

Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer, Allscripts

Glen Tullman
Chief Executive Officer
Allscripts

Glen E. Tullman joined Allscripts as Chief Executive Officer in August 1997 to lead the Company's transition into the Healthcare Information Sector. He led the Company's Initial Public Offering and Secondary Offerings of the Company, which is now traded on NASDAQ (MDRX) and has driven the Company to becoming the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information services to physicians.

Prior to joining Allscripts, Mr. Tullman was Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Systems, Inc., a leading healthcare information services company providing resource management solutions to large integrated healthcare networks, from October 1994 to July 1997. Mr. Tullman led the company's Initial Public Offering and secondary offerings. HBO and Company of Atlanta acquired Enterprise in 1997 in a stock transaction valued in excess of $250 million. From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Tullman served in a number of management roles including President and Chief Operating Officer of CCC Information Services, Inc., a provider of information systems to the country's largest property and casualty insurers. Under his leadership, the company grew from $17 million to more than $100 million and is publicly traded.

Mr. Tullman graduated from Bucknell University Magna Cum Laude, with a double major in Economics and Psychology. Upon graduation, he joined the Executive Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. and later accepted a fellowship to study social anthropology at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, England. Mr. Tullman serves on the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and on the Board of Trustees of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). He also is Co-Chair of the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI), a $100 million campaign, led by Allscripts and Dell Computers, to deliver free electronic prescribing to every physician in America. In 2006, he was named CEO of the Year by the Illinois Information Technology Association.

Bill Atkinson, Ph.D., MPH, MPA - President and CEO, WakeMed Health & Hospitals

William (Bill) K. Atkinson, Ph.D., MPH, MPA
President and Chief Executive Officer
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Dr. Bill Atkinson, a Greensboro, NC, native, became involved in health care as a member of North Carolina’s initial paramedic class and remains passionately involved in a wide-range of emergency services, public health and public policy issues to this day.

Dr. Atkinson has over 25 years experience as a hospital president and chief executive officer in rural and urban settings in several states. He is only the third CEO in the 48-year history of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, a private, not-for-profit multi-hospital system and one of the top health care providers in the state. With more than 7000 employees WakeMed is one of Wake County’s largest private employers. WakeMed’s heart program is North Carolina’s largest.

While working full time, he earned a doctorate in public policy from the University of Colorado - Denver and also holds master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina and University of Colorado – Denver in public health and public policy. He is a graduate of the Executive Management Program of Yale University. Dr. Atkinson is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds adjunct faculty positions in the Schools of Global Public Health and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the North Carolina State University’s Kenan Fellows Board of Advisors.

He is a delegate of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 3. He currently serves as chair of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the boards of the North Carolina Chamber, Wake Technical Community College and is a commissioner with the North Carolina Health & Wellness Trust Fund. Dr. Atkinson has served as chairman of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, North Carolina Hospital Association and the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety. He also co-chaired with Ann Goodnight the successful Friends of Wake County $1 billion school bond drive.

He co-chaired North Carolina’s WorkFirst Business Council. He continues to believe in the importance of economically healthy communities as the foundation for healthy residents.

In 2008, Dr. Atkinson was named 2008 Impact Healthcare Leader and inducted into the Business Leader Triangle Hall of Fame. He also was named the 2007 Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader Magazine and Who’s Who 2006 by Metro Magazine. He received the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 2007. He is the 2004 recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS International Leadership Award for contributions to emergency medicine. He has also received the North Carolina Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the Leader of the Year Award from Leadership Raleigh and was honored by the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education with the Gordon Smith, Jr. Award.

He is recognized nationally for his leadership in disaster preparedness and response, emergency medical services, workforce development, and for his work in reducing gang activity. He lectures frequently on innovation diffusion in healthcare, science, education and public policy.

Dr. Atkinson, and his wife Allison, have three sons.

John Ryan - President, Center for Creative Leadership

John R. Ryan
President, Center for Creative Leadership

John R. Ryan is president of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, educational institution, CCL helps clients worldwide cultivate creative leadership – the capacity to think and act beyond the boundaries that limit effectiveness – through an array of programs, products and other services.

As president, Ryan directs the operations of CCL, which is supported by more than 500 faculty members and staff at five campus locations in Asia, Europe and North America. Ranked by the Financial Times among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL works annually with more than 20,000 individual leaders and 3,000 organizations in the corporate, government, nonprofit and education sectors.

A retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, Ryan joined CCL’s Board of Governors in 2002 and became president in 2007. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States with 64 campuses and more than 400,000 students and 80,000 faculty and staff. Widely respected as chancellor, he was credited with enhancing SUNY’s relations with faculty, students and lawmakers, securing record budgets to hire hundreds of new faculty and staff members for teaching and research and bolstering the university’s overall reputation. Previously, Ryan served as president of the State University of New York Maritime College and as interim president of the University at Albany, where he strengthened academic programs, campus facilities and fund-raising efforts.
From 1998 to 2002, Ryan was Superintendent (President) of the U.S. Naval Academy, winning widespread praise for his focus on academics, strategic planning and fund-raising. A former Navy pilot, Ryan commanded squadrons, wings and forces in Asia, Europe and the Middle East during a 35-year career in the military.

Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for Cablevision (Bethpage, N.Y.) and CIT Group Inc. He is also a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board.

Ryan graduated with a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967. He received an M.S. degree in Administration from George Washington University in 1975. He has also completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ryan and his wife, Diane, have three grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Robert M. Greenberg - NC Senior State Executive, IBM

Robert M. Greenberg
NC Senior State Executive, IBM

Bob is the IBM Senior State Executive for North Carolina and Senior Location Executive for IBM at Research Triangle Park, NC, one of the largest IBM sites in the world.

Bob is also General Manager of IBM’s global Information Technology Optimization business unit within the Global Technology Services division, focused on helping enterprises obtain greater energy efficiencies, better service levels, and lower costs in their computing environments.

A thirty year veteran of IBM, he has held numerous senior executive positions within the company’s development, manufacturing, and services divisions. Among them, he founded the Highly Parallel Supercomputing Systems laboratory establishing IBM’s premier supercomputer and commercial data parallel processors. He has also served as IBM’s global CIO and vice president responsible for world-wide IT operations and business transformation. He is a member the corporation’s Integration and Values Team, as well as the IBM Academy of Technology Board of Governors.

A Raleigh resident since 1997, Bob serves on the North Carolina Technology Association Board; the NC Chamber Board of Directors; the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors; and on the Triangle United Way Board of Directors.

He received his degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dennis Gillings, CBE, PhD - Chairman and CEO, Quintiles Transnational Corp.

Dennis Gillings, CBE, PhD
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Quintiles Transnational Corp.

Dr. Gillings was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He began providing statistical consulting and data management services to pharmaceutical clients in 1974 during his tenure as Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gillings founded Quintiles in 1982, which grew out of his consulting activities with the pharma industry. He took Quintiles public on NASDAQ in 1994 and led its privatization in 2003. Today, Quintiles is the largest global provider of clinical trials and commercial marketing services to the pharma and biotechnology industry.

With nearly 30 years of experience in drug development applications and theory, Dr. Gillings has provided expert consultation to numerous companies and health organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Dental Research and the Institute of Medicine. He has served on several Advisory Boards and Councils including the Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Board, the Scottish Enterprise Advisory Board and the International Advisory Council in Singapore. He also was the founding Chairman of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations, a Washington-based trade group formed in 2002.

He served for more than 15 years as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in May 2001.

He was honored by the Queen as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2004 for services to the Pharmaceutical Industry. He was appointed Pro-Chancellor of Southampton University in 2006.

In June 2008, Dr. Gillings was made Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London and was awarded an Honorary DSc at the University of Southampton. In September, 2008, the School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill was named the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The mission is to advance the impact of economic and methodological research on health in both the developed and developing world.

Stephen Cooper - Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates

Stephen Cooper
Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in government and government relations, representing large corporations such as Time Warner, AIG, Boeing, Dupont, Cigna, financial institutions, trade associations, state government, and health care plans and health care providers.

Over the years Mr. Cooper has represented numerous health plans, purchasers of health care and health plan associations. He is intimately familiar with the myriad of issues confronting health care insurers and providers – from Medicare payment methodologies, the complexity of the individual health care insurance market to HIPAA related issues. Mr. Cooper’s experience includes: 

  • President of the New York Health Plan Association. 
  • Vice President of the Hospital Association of New York State. 
  • Executive Director of the New York State Council on Health Care Financing. 
  • Retainer counsel representing numerous health care plans and state and national provider associations- including the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), Cigna, United Healthcare, Torchmark, Metropolitan Life Company, and Travelers. 
  • Director of Congressional Relations at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, representing 49 Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans in Washington.

Mr. Cooper’s clients look to him for advice on developing and coordinating effective government relations with public relations strategies, and grass-roots campaigns. He is often asked to speak at national forums on matters related to health care plans and Washington politics.

EDUCATION
M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1973
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1969

Rick Deckelbaum - President & CEO, Rick Deckelbaum & Associates

Rick Deckelbaum
President & CEO, Rick Deckelbaum & Associates

Rick Deckelbaum has been a business leader, entrepreneur and civic leader in North Carolina during his 25 plus year career. Throughout his career, Rick has earned a reputation in the executive search industry for excellence, and is recognized as one of the industries best recruiters. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1978 with a B.A. in International Relations and has enjoyed a stellar career in the executive search profession. Rick joined Fortune Personnel Consultants and was the CEO of the #1 franchise in the nationwide system of over 100 offices until 2003. He was consistently recognized in the Fortune system as a top recruiter in the nation. Rick sold his company in 2003 to his partners and co-founded SilverDeer LLC, a private equity firm and holding company of which he is a Managing Director. Rick continues to specialize at RDA Executive Recruiters LLC, as he did at Fortune, in retained executive search. His innate ability to identify, attract and recruit industry stars has made it possible, for those companies for which he recruits, to build their management and executive teams with world class talent. In addition, Rick serves on non-profit, Civic and Corporate Boards. Rick is married to Karen Bash MD, a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, at UNC Chapel Hill Medical School and on staff as an Attending Physician at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh. They have 4 children; Nathan, Emily, Jeremy and Robbie.

Frank Gozzo - Chairman and CEO, Noverant, Inc.

Frank Gozzo
Chairman and CEO, Noverant, Inc.

Frank is chairman and CEO of Noverant, Inc. a leading information, training and compliance management provider serving a variety of regulated industries including life science, aviation, security, financial, legal and education. Since acquiring the firm in 2006, he has led major technology and business model changes to uniquely address the governance and compliance needs of clients via secure, cost-effective in-house or web-based services.

Frank began his career in 1985 at IBM Federal Systems (now Lockheed Martin) as a systems engineer and led various research and contract initiatives for complex military applications. Appointed to the President’s technology advisory board, Frank was instrumental in key technology and strategy decisions, including the initial launching of IBM’s complex systems/service division (now IBM Global Services).

In 1995, Frank joined Bell & Howell in Chicago where he led the worldwide government division and was then promoted to lead the privatization, turn-around, and subsequent sale of the expanded Bell & Howell MMT group, the world’s leading provider of high-end, customized mail and communications solutions with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering as an IBM Ph.D. Resident Fellow and has been awarded multiple patents, published numerous journal articles and received various leadership awards at IBM and Bell & Howell.

Frank is an avid flight instructor and actively involved in the community. He is frequently called on by regulators and industry to provide guidance and insight on diverse topics including governance, compliance and strategy. He is a guest lecturer at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and has been actively involved with non-profits including the Bell & Howell Foundation, Ravenscroft and Angel Flight.

Frank and his wife Ann are the proud parents of three children and live in Raleigh, NC.

Brian Kinahan - Managing Partner, Summit Performance Systems

Brian Kinahan
Managing Partner, Summit Performance Systems

Brian Kinahan specializes in directing clients with strategy development, alignment, communication and overall execution. His business experience includes business turnaround consulting and C-level management responsibilities in manufacturing, technology and service companies. He earned his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and is certified by Kaplan & Norton in the Balanced Scorecard strategic management methodology. His partners, Tommy Re and Tim Kauffman, help client organizations fully develop their human capital, improve business processes and access business information through systems integration.

Randy Drawas - Chief Marketing Officer, Kaspersky Lab Americas - Publisher, Threatpost.com

Randy Drawas
Chief Marketing Officer, Kaspersky Lab Americas
Publisher, Threatpost.com

Mr. Randy Drawas, a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Business, has been involved in technology marketing for 30 years. He came to Raleigh fifteen years ago during the tech boom of the mid-1990s, working in senior marketing management, and shortly after formed ROI Marketing Management, a Triangle-based marketing agency responsible for the marketing launch and introduction of more than two dozen North Carolina-based technology companies.

Today, as a chief marketing officer, Randy is responsible for all strategic marketing efforts in the Americas for IT security company, Kaspersky Lab. Since its introduction into the United States four years ago, Kaspersky Lab has emerged as the world’s largest privately-held Internet security company. The Company’s products provide protection for large enterprises, small & medium-sized businesses and consumers against cybercriminal attacks, such as viruses, spyware, hackers and spam. Kaspersky’s technology is also embedded inside the products of more than 100 leading IT security vendors, including Microsoft, Juniper, Checkpoint and Alcatel-Lucent.

In addition to his marketing responsibilities, Randy spearheaded Kaspersky Lab’s Consumer Products Group, and since the Company’s North American retail introduction two years ago, Kaspersky now ranks as the #2 bestselling consumer security software throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2007, Kaspersky Lab saw an unprecedented rise in cybercriminal activity equal to all the malicious attacks of the preceding 11 years combined. In 2008, these attacks grew eight-fold from 2007. As part of the company’s response, Randy is leading the launch of an entirely new approach to new media journalism in an effort to combat these cybercrime threats.

Threatpost is an independent news and community network for IT security professionals, combining original IT security reporting and analysis with relevant, “aggregated” content from existing sites across the Internet. Threatpost extends Kaspersky Lab’s mission to aid in the prevention of IT security threats from spreading and to educate the broader community about these threats and how to stay protected against them. This new style of journalism features breaking news coverage through personality-driven blogs, podcasts, videos and content aggregated from other third-party news and information sites. Threatpost is a first of its kind “post media” site, embodying a new form of security industry community building, and according to the Forrester Group, breaks from the traditional news media while offering a glimpse into the journalism jobs of the future.

H.W. McKay Belk - President and Chief Merchandising Officer - Belk, Inc.

H.W. McKay Belk
President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Belk, Inc.

H.W. McKay Belk is president and chief merchandising officer of Belk, Inc. with responsibility for merchandising, marketing, inventory planning and allocation, and visual merchandising for all Belk stores.

He joined the company in 1979 and subsequently served in a number of store and corporate management positions before being named to his current position in 1998.

The Charlotte, N.C., native is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial relations and a Masters degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Belk is a member of the board of directors of Belk, Inc. Additionally, he is a director of Coca-Cola Consolidated Bottling Co., the nation’s second largest Coca-Cola bottling company, and serves as chairman of its audit committee and as a member of its executive and compensation committees.

He serves on the board of visitors of Charlotte Latin School; the board of directors of the Carolina Youth Commission; the board of directors and executive committee of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry; and the board of trustees of Crossnore School in Crossnore, N.C. He is also a past chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Belk is the son of the late Thomas M. Belk, longtime president of Belk stores. His grandfather, William Henry Belk, founded the company in 1888 in Monroe, N.C.

Michael Fagan - CEO, Attends Healthcare Products

Michael Fagan
CEO Attends Healthcare Products

Mr. Fagan joined Attends Healthcare Products in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer in April of 2006. Prior to joining Attends, he served as Vice President of Sales for GOJO Industries manufacturer of Purell instant hand sanitizer. From 1986 through 1996, he held numerous positions with Procter & Gamble, including key roles with Attends, Pampers, and Crest Brands. He earned his Bachelor of Art in Economics in 1983 from Ursinus College


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