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May 16, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: William McKee of Knowmad

 
One of the newcomers to MBC, William McKee is the founding partner of the Web agency, Knowmad. A Charlotte native, he is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill by way of a brief stint at NC State.

William started the company in Charlotte in 2002 after spending many years traveling and freelancing around the world. His passion for helping people understand and effectively use technology has guided him through several evolutions of the company over the years, including taking on his business partner, Diona Kidd, in 2006.

William and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the Chantilly neighborhood with their dog, Noli. As the executive director of Leadership Charlotte, Elizabeth is an active member of the community. When not in front of a computer, William enjoys travel and being outdoors. A long-time student of yoga, he practices & teaches at 8th Street Studio in Elizabeth.

William will be discussing the following:

 
  • Reflections from his recent trip to Everest Base Camp in Nepal
  • How I learned to love Internet Marketing
  • Why successful businesses are, too
  • 3 things you can do today to improve your Web presence


June 6, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Joe Don Ross of Southeastern Freight Lines

Joe Don, has been with Southeastern Freight Lines since 1989 and spent 19 of those years in operations (12 as a Regional Vice President of Operations) before switching to Regional Vice President of Sales 4 years ago. Joe Don and his wife, Robin, live in Fort Mill with their two kids (Lawson and Harper). When not at work, he enjoys Tae Kwando, being an assistant soccer coach and studying anything that he can about business. He will be discussing the following
  • A brief summary of his background
  • What he has learned from Southeastern Freight Lines
  • The power of the MBC influence
  • Using some timeless business practices to pursue the next opportunity


June 20, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC Speed Networking - June 20th

Come experience "Speed Networking" at its finest! As a member of MBC, we want you to know other members you might have only briefly interacted with. Here is the perfect method of learning a little bit more about the people you see twice a month! You will spend 3-5 minutes with each table group discussing your company - then rotate. In order to both receive and provide the best possible experience for everyone, please come with answers to the following questions about you and your company (Remember, this will be "speedy" so be able to answer the questions in 3-5 minutes): What does your company do? Who is your target market (what do you consider an ideal client)? What is a good referral to you? What are your goals as a member of MBC?


July 18, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Gary Hixson of Hixson Design

Get to know Gary Hixson of Hixson Design. To begin with Gary was born as a small child, a fact for which his mother was most grateful. He was an early transplant from Winston-Salem, relocating to Charlotte when Belk’s and Ivey’s ruled retail from downtown (not “Uptown”) Charlotte, and cows grazed the fields now known as Southpark. He escaped the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system through an unguarded door at Garinger High in 1968. He hid out in Richmond for four years disguised as a hippie while attending the design program at VCU from which graduated in 1972, with a major in Communication Art & Design. He returned to Charlotte that summer and began looking for a job. He’s been looking ever since, although not that hard. To fill the time, for the last 40 years, he’s been designing lots of interesting stuff for a bunch of different people (some in the MBC), from company brands to hot air balloons. He’s the proud son of a Tennessee farm boy and a real life coal miner’s daughter. His name, Gary, means “spear thrower” and he’s always trying to hit the target.


August 1, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Scott Nowokunski of Boingo Graphics

 
 
Scott Nowokunski is President of Boingo Graphics - a really cool printing company that provides commercial printing, digital printing, mailing and fulfillment to marketing companies or marketing departments within larger organizations and CEO of Beanstalk-a software platform built to help friends engage their customers. He attended Appalachian State and received a degree in Print Production Management. Scott has been married to Kelly for 14+ years, and they have three boys - Jake (13), Adam (11) and Cody (8), and two dogs (Ollie and Abby). When he's not at work, he spends time with the family, and is very active in his church's Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop. Furthermore, Scott keeps up with the Panthers and Tar Heel Basketball. He finds the most rewarding aspect of his job to be the enjoyment of building things and developing strategies for attacking the market. Growing up as a self-described chess playing "Legomaniac," Scott loves using all the tools of Boingo Graphics and Beanstalk Data to help clients implement truly innovative marketing campaigns.


August 15, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speakers: New Members, Angie Mattson, Ken Andujar and Craig Dunn.

Get to know new members: Angie Mattson, Craig Dunn and Ken Andujar

About Craig Dunn:

Craig Alan Dunn was born in Erwin, NC and relocated to Charlotte 1968. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a 2 ½ year stint at The Citadel. Craig started his business in 2000 with his childhood friend from 2nd grade, with a $150 investment each – from which they built from the business from the ground up. The business was said to have had its best year ever last year (by 25% gross revenue) and also employs 12 people. Craig currently attends Forest Hill Church and is headed to Senegal Africa in Nov. on mission trip. Craig also volunteers at Hoskins Park Ministry Homeless Shelter.

About Angie Mattson:

Angie Mattson is Chief Efficiency Officer with Your Organized Guide. Angie's goal in business is to help bring sanity back into the workday for overwhelmed business owners and executives. Her superpower is her ability to organize anything - paper, people, places, or processes. Weekends are work-free zones filled with kayaking, camping, traveling or gardening with her boyfriend Nelson and their two rambunctious labs, Marley and Rex.

About Ken Andujar:

Introducing Ken Andujar of Andujar construction. Andujar Construction specializes in Commercial Construction Services and has been servicing North and South Carolina since 1994. Get to know the man behind the name, his hobbies, family life and accomplishments.


September 5, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speakers: Geoff Eloge and Jim Edwards of Ross and Witmer

Topic:  “To Breathe or Not to Breathe: The Hidden Power of HVAC to Change the Way You Feel”
Sponsor:   Danny Phillips, Ross & Witmer Inc.
Speakers: Geoff Eloge, Director of Residential Services and 
                Jim Edwards, Director of Operational Development
Synopsis:  It’s quite a mystery!  People will NOT DRINK contaminated WATER, or EAT contaminated FOOD, yet for some reason, they REFUSE to stop and question the air that they BREATHE!  This enthusiastic, thought-provoking session will explore how the HVAC industry has changed and how TOTAL HOME PERFORMANCE now impacts our health, our comfort, our finances, and the overall quality of our lives.

Mark your calendars now to attend this September 5th meeting.


September 19, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: John Galles, Greater Charlotte Biz Magazine

Born in Chicago in 1947, John Galles was raised in the Midwest and attended Indiana University where he received a degree in Business Administration. He graduated in 1969 and pursued a career in association management. He is married and has one son. For over twenty-five years, he served the non-profit business community with the Michigan Association of Realtors, the Small Business Association of Michigan, and National Small Business Association. In 1997, he worked with the national Welfare to Work Partnership and was responsible for recruiting over 10,000 businesses to the initiative. In the fall of 1999 John started the Greater Charlotte Biz magazine in Charlotte in the fall of 1999. His business-to-business magazine reaches over 100,000 business decision-makers each month.


October 3, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Charlotte Rescue Mission Event

Charlotte Rescue Mission is a ministry that provides residential substance abuse services to men and women.  The Mission provides free services to the homeless or almost homeless but anyone can enter the program that needs help for themselves.  There are 2 campuses – the men’s campus is located in Third Ward, near the Bank of America Stadium and has 140 beds.  MBC has met at the men’s campus several times.  The new women and children’s campus is located at:  2855 WEST BLVD, CHARLOTTE NC 28208.  There are currently
15 residents.  The Charlotte Rescue Mission will be adding 5 women a month and will begin serving children in November.  The MBC event will take place at Dove's Nest: 2855 West Blvd. You will be greeted and directed to the Resident's Dining Room.
 


October 17, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Ralph Dougherty

Ralph Dougherty has been involved in the practice of patent, trademark, and copyright law for over 35 years.  He earned the professional degree of Metallurgical Engineer from Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado, and a law degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Ralph concentrates on patent matters concerning metallurgical, chemical, mechanical and related technologies.  He has handled patent matters in more than 80 countries and trademark matters in more than 20 countries. He has been a member of Midweek Business Connections for more than 20 years. He is currently Acting President of Parkview Community Foundation, an after-school program for at-risk children in northwest Charlotte, and is Vice President of the Charlotte Optimist Club.

He is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the US District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, and Western District of Wisconsin, and is registered to practice before both the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Patent Office. Ralph also holds active memberships with AIPLA, Carolinas Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association, Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council.


November 7, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Dee Grano, Director of Marketing at The Light Factory

The Light Factory has always been an “early innovator” of technology from its modest beginnings as a photographers’ cooperative in 1972.  Starting in 2003, The Light Factory jumped on the bandwagon of sending out regular email newsletters.  Today The Light Factory is “locked and loaded” with 10,000 email addresses, 7,600 views on YouTube, 4,700 Facebook fans and 1,300 followers on Twitter.  But what makes social media work or not work for The Light Factory or any other company?  Why is it so daunting?  You may find yourself asking, “Why should I company embrace social media if I can’t control the message?  What do I do if someone posts something negative?  There’s a new widget every month… how can I keep track of multiple networks?  And what exactly is a widget?”
 
Dee Grano is currently the Director of Marketing and Special Events for The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, and “curates” most of The Light Factory’s social media content.  Before Dee was a Marketing Director, she was a television news producer writing stories, booking interviews and managing breaking news at WBRZ Channel Two, the ABC affiliate in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  From her humble beginnings in broadcast journalism, she went on to start the Public Relations wing of The Graham Group, the second largest advertising agency in Louisiana.  She moved to Charlotte in 2004 and joined the Marketing team at Discovery Place and began volunteering with The Light Factory.  She was hired on full-time in 2006 and has been there ever since.  She is a freelance writer covering arts and culture for the South Charlotte Weekly.  Dee enjoys watching LSU games with her husband, Dan, and two-year old son, Anthony.  Geaux (pronounced “go”) Tigers.
 


November 21, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Ann Clausen of Daniel Ratliff & Company

PRESENTATION LINK
 
Ann Clausen is a CPA with Daniel, Ratliff and Company. As one of the firm's owners, she manages the tax department and is Vice President of Marketing. She has extensive business and tax experience in numerous fields including non-profits, manufacturing, retail, construction, service organization and academic teaching. In her role with the firm, she works with individuals, businesses and non-profits to help them understand the tax law and take full advantage of tax deductions and credits. As a former college professor, Ann enjoys speaking to groups to educate others on tax law and strategies. She is a graduate of Averett University located in Danville, VA and attended the Radford University College of Business and Economics in Radford, VA. She currently lives in Matthews, NC with her husband, children and a 95 pound Golden Retriever.


December 5, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Steve Kaplan of Relax the Back

Steve Kaplan was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Greensboro, NC when he was 9 years old. Steve grew up in Greensboro and went to UNC-Chapel Hill.
Steve started his business career with Family Dollar as a store manager, district manager and then a buyer in the merchandising department.

In 1995 he opened the Relax the Back Store in Charlotte. With Relax the Back, he was elected to the Franchisee Advisory Board and also became a member of the Merchandising Committee representing the franchisees point of view for products carried and developed for the entire Relax the Back system.

Married to his wife Laura, they have two children and three grand children. 


December 6, 2012 , 6:30 AM - 10:30 PM
MBC Holiday Party - Thursday, December 6th

You and your guest are cordially invited to attend the
2012 Annual MBC Holiday Party
 
This annual event is the ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow members and their families in a more intimate setting.  Join us at MBC Member, Marc Mataya's home while enjoying cocktails and an amazing catered buffet by Byron's catering company.  Dress is business casual.  If you are a new member, you definitely don't want to miss this event!
 
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
6:30pm-10:30pm
 
Where: Marc Mataya's Home - 2215 Hassell Place, 28209
For Google Map Directions click here.
 
 


December 19, 2012 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Champagne Breakfast

We hope to see everyone for our Annual Champagne Breakfast on Wednesday November 19th. At this meeting we will have a deluxe breakfast catered by Byron’s with Champagne and Orange Juice.  It has been a tremendous year of accomplishments, great membership and wonderful connections. We will be toasting the New Year, giving recognition of those who have served as our MBC Board Members, presenting our traditional Donald Haack Award to a member and we will also be announcing and welcoming the new MBC Board for 2013. This event is a great opportunity to give recognition where it is due and also preview upcoming events at MBC. 


January 2, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Jeffrey Gitomer

Jeffrey is the author of The New York Times best sellers: The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, The Little Black Book of Connections, and The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude. All of his books have been number one best sellers on Amazon.com and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Jeffrey has given more than 100 presentations a year as well as given a variety of award winning online sales presentations in which the content is pure, Jeffrey – fun, pragmatic, real world – and can be immediately implemented. In 2008, Jeffrey was elected by his peers to the National Speaker Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. The designation, CPAE (Counsel of Peers Award for Excellence), honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of performance excellence.
MBC is pleased to welcome him as he will be speaking on the following topics: • The difference between a goal and an intention • The lost secret of goal achievement • New year’s resolutions and other fantasies


January 16, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Angie Mattson

Angie Mattson is Chief Efficiency Officer with Your Organized Guide, Inc. and is an author, speaker, and small business process and organization expert. Angie works with small business owners, showing them how to streamline their workflow to get out of overwhelm, focus, and make more money. Her superpower is turning chaos into order.
Title: Ten Common Ways We Fail to Manage Out Time and Priorities
Talking points:
In a busy, over-connected world, it can feel impossible to manage your time and decide your priorities when everything seems important. In this brief presentation to MBC members, Angie Mattson will cover the ten common ways we fail to manage our time and priorities. This can lead to feelings of frustration and overwhelm which further decreases our ability to get anything meaningful done.


February 6, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Drummond: Carolina Sporting Arms

David Drummond is from Charlotte and went to Providence Day School. After that he attended Clemson University and received a BS in Industrial Management. He is married to his beautiful wife Nancy. They have two kids; Jere (pronounced Jerry and named for his dad) is soon to be 13 and Caroline is 9 years old. Both are at Charlotte Christian. From Clemson he took a job with Livingston and Haven, an industrial distributor whom he had worked part time since high school. David worked with Livingston and Haven for the next seventeen years doing almost every job in the building. In 1998, he took his first management role with Livingston and Haven, got married and entered into a partnership that bought Carolina Sporting Arms. His partner ran the business at Carolina Sporting Arms while he kept his job at Livingston and Haven.
 
In 2008 David, left L & H to become more active in Carolina sporting Arms. He took over the day to day operations in 2009 and bought his partner out in 2010.
 
David is an avid shooter and has traveled to South America numerous times in search of the ultimate bird hunt. He enjoys playing an occasional round of golf and moonlights as a commercial pilot flying a Cirrus aircraft.
In his presentation, David will be talking about 
·         A Brief history of himself  and Carolina Sporting Arms
·         What Carolina Sporting Arms was doing well and not so well
·         Key changes he has made to the business
·         His and his decision to add an indoor shooting and training facility to their business
·       


February 20, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Marc Mataya: Straightline Processing

PRESENTATION LINKS:
   Website Wizard:     http://www.WebsiteWizard.us
Cost:  $10 per month
Domian names:  Register with GoDaddy at about $10 per YEAR.  You can point unlimited domain names to the same website.
 
Join us for a demonstration of technology solutions from Straightline Processing who does national merchant processing.  Marc Mataya will do a live demonstration of his website template administration system called WebsiteWizard.us that runs our very own CharlotteMBC.com website!  This template system was designed with the goal of providing customers the ability to easily create and maintain their own content.  The problem that it fixes is that people want full control of their own content and they don't want to be held hostage to their website developer's schedule or their expensive billable hours.
 
Marc Mataya, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, moved jobless to Charlotte in July of 1993 to seek a career in technology in the financial services world. At that time, Charlotte was the 4rd largest banking industry in the country, so the city was a perfect fit for his degrees at The Ohio State University in Finance and Computer Information Science.
 
Marc worked as a software developer for First Union (Wells Fargo) and Bank of America for about 7 years before breaking out and forming his own programming consulting business back in 2000. With the combination of his financial skills, business operations knowledge and website development experiences, Marc then began his credit card processing company called Straightline Processing a few years later.
 
Although Marc can do merchant processing for any type of business, his niche in the credit card industry is providing web-based technologies for taking online payments. Marc is a direct reseller for Visa, Mastercard & Discover and competes with national banks and can process any size of merchant. Marc’s largest volume merchant used to be MBC’s own Salvin Dental, and is now the US National Whitewater Center and the national franchise Mosquito Squad.
 
Marc comes from a background of entrepreneurial parents who owned and operated several Hair Salon Spas in Pittsburgh. His mother was an award-winning color specialist and has been in the hair industry her entire life. The financial salon management experience had led his father to develop a software application back in 1985 which ultimately formed a national hair salon software company that is still going strong today and services thousands of salons in the US and Canada.
 
Marc has a daughter named Lindsay who is a second-grader at Selwyn Elementary.
 
His mantra is that “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity!”


March 6, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Frank Spencer CEO of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte

Frank Spencer brings an extraordinary perspective to leadership.  An outstanding scholar, teacher, author, entrepreneur and speaker, Frank guides organizations of all types in synthesizing strategy, values and implementation.  He has applied his unique talents in fields as diverse as finance, real estate, affordable housing, Christian conferencing, public policy, education, mergers and acquisitions.  As President and then CEO, he led Cogdell Spencer Inc. to national prominence in healthcare real estate, culminating in an Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Frank has now turned his efforts to the new role of CEO of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte.


March 20, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Frank Scibelli: Charlotte Restaurant Owner

Frank Scibelli can credit his restaurants’ success with a love of authentic cuisine and family traditions. The Springfield, MA native grew up in a big Italian family where there was always something delicious cooking in his mother’s kitchen and it was tradition to have large family dinners.
After a career in consulting, Scibelli found himself in Charlotte, NC with memories of his mother’s kitchen inspiring him to form a career in the food business and open his first restaurant, Mama Ricotta’s. Since opening in 1992, the restaurant has quadrupled in size and has become one of the most well-known Italian restaurants in the region. The success of Mama Ricotta’s led Scibelli to eventually expand his restaurant empire to include Plate Perfect Catering, Cantina 1511 and Big Daddy’s Burger Bar and Paco’s Tacos & Tequila  all Charlotte favorites.
 


April 3, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
William McKee-Knowmad

Presentation Link:
 
Creating a Web presence has never been easier. Creating an effective website that brings qualified leads
to your sales team has never been harder. William McKee, founding partner of Knowmad, will share
tips and examples of how his digital marketing agency helps clients use the Web to drive sales.
From SEO to pay-per-click to email newsletters to social media, Internet Marketing can be perplexing
when you're also trying to run a business. At the end of the day, the highest value of a corporate website
is the number of qualified sales leads you've received. Get practical advice on ways to increase your
traffic, get more leads and grow your business.
Topics include:
· The state of Internet Marketing in 2013
· Client case study
· Introduction to Inbound Marketing
On a personal note, William and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the Chantilly neighborhood with their dogs,
Mac and Noli. As the executive director of Leadership Charlotte, Elizabeth is an active member of the
community. When not in front of a computer, William enjoys travel and being outdoors. A long-time
student of yoga, he practices & teaches at 8th Street Studio in Elizabeth.


April 17, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon

Patrick D. Cannon, a native Charlottean, was first elected to a Charlotte City Council district seat (District 3), in 1993 at the age of twenty-six, becoming the youngest person elected to a City office. He was then elected citywide in 2001 as an At-large member of the City Council where he serves as Mayor Pro Tem. Cannon has been appointed Mayor Pro Tem each of the four terms he has served in an At-large capacity. He is now serving his eighth term in office, making him the longest serving member of the board. 
He chairs the Community Safety committee, vice-chairs the Economic Development committee and is a member of the Governmental Affairs committee.
Cannon is a small business owner, operating and managing a parking management firm he founded in 1998, He is also a managing partner for a business development and reduced energy lighting distribution firm and a regional community affairs radio talk show host on “105.3” FM. He and his wife, Trenna, have a daughter and a son.   


May 1, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Ira Bass:IB Media

Ira Bass, President of IB Media LLC (www.IBMedia.biz) is Your Virtual Media Director & LinkedIn Guy.  He has used the power of LinkedIn to start and grow his business (www.LinkedIn.com/in/IBMedia).  Today, he has conducted LinkedIn workshops for companies including Richard Petty Motorsports and ATCOM, associations including the Union County Chamber of Commerce and groups such as the Financial Executive Networking Group and Village of Lake Park on how LinkedIn can assist in effectively reaching their business goals.  He and his partner Linda Bass are available to conduct a workshop for you and your organization.
As the owner of IB Media LLC, his over 30 years experience serves to help advertisers effectively and efficiently reach their target audiences via traditional and digital media. He's available to help marketers and small/mid-size ad agencies without having to hire a full time person. More than a media buyer, Ira believes in starting with the strategic direction outlined in the marketing plan and developing a solid corresponding media plan. 
You can reach him at IraBass@IBMedia.biz or 704.989.3790.
A family guy, he loves playing softball, theater, dance and of course, being from the Bronx, the Yankees.

Ira will be speaking about:
1) How to use LinkedIn to grow your business
2) Success stories
3) Understand the importance of a polished profile page


May 15, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC Networking Event-May 15th

Come experience "Speed Networking" at its finest! As a member of MBC, we want you to know other members you might have only briefly interacted with. We will be issuing table assignments as you sign in. Here is the perfect method of learning a little bit more about the people you see twice a month! You will spend 10-15 minutes with each table group discussing your company - then rotate. In order to both receive and provide the best possible experience for everyone, please come with answers to the following questions about you and your company: What does your company do? Who is your target market (what do you consider an ideal client)? What is a good referral to you? What are your goals as a member of MBC?


June 5, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
John Cantrell

John Cantrell was a paper boy at age 10 for 6 years (Charlotte Leader)
At age 15 he was a bag boy at A&P Grocery (now Harris Teeter) on Providence and Morehead.
He was an Eagle Scout at age 17
John graduated with a Finance degree at the age of 22 from East Carolina University
He entered into the insurance business at age 23. At the age of 25 he became a Certified Insurance Counselor, a purchaser of 2 other independent agencies at age 27 and became the father of 3 by the time he turned 31 (3 kids in 4 years).
John became an "Ironman" at age 38
He became the Owner and manager of C-5 Properties, 12 rentals acquired over the years at age 40
In present day he is the President and owner of H.B. Cantrell & Co Insurance 39 year old independent insurance agency. 8 employees,

 John will be speaking about:

All things insurance(except medical)

What's happening in each sector of the insurance world?

Personal Insurance

Life, Disability, Annuities

Commercial Insurance  - work comp, liability and business insurance

Where he hopes to be going


If anyone has any insurance related questions, he would be happy to address them. Email any questions to john@hbcantrell.com


June 19, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Andy Dinkin

After earning a degree in Speech Communications, and a reputation as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s toughest offensive lineman, Andy graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1992.

He spent the next four years as a record-setting salesman and sales manager in the Charlotte branch of Atcom Business Telephone Systems before founding Tegra Telephone Systems in 1996.
Within eight months of starting Tegra from scratch, the company attained President's Club honors from Comdial Corporation. Over the next three years, Tegra was consistently among the top five Comdial Dealers in overall sales volume; and Andy earned a reputation as one of the best sales and marketing minds in the telecommunications industry.

In 1999, Andy was named one of Charlotte's 40 under 40 - a list of up-and-coming business stars.  Andy achieved this honor while under the age of 30!
 
Seeking the next challenge, Andy sold Tegra and began a career as a professional speaker and sales trainer, while at the same time helping world-renown speaker Jeffrey Gitomer launch a web-based sales training company, TrainOne.  In addition to speaking, Andy has been a partner in several other business ventures, and is currently the owner of THE SEALS and is commercial real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA.
 
He will be speaking about his use of cloud-computing to build his newest business venture & the importance of having a positive attitude.
 


June 21, 2013 , 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
MBC Summer Social Casino Night

Join us for our semi-annual summer social event for MBC.  Members and their guests are invited to join us for a fun night of food and games at our 5th Casino Night! This event is an evening to benefit the Donald Haack Community Involvement Award.
Ticket options are as follows:

Individual Tickets are $55 per ticket and includes gaming chips, two drink tickets and Hors d'oeuvres catered by Byron's

Group Tickets allow a total of 8 people to attend the event under one reservation. Buy eight tickets at $400 and save 10% over the individual ticket price.

You won't want to miss this event with great games including Craps, BlackJack, Roulette, and much more. Win great prizes and the opportunity to mix and mingle with MBC Members, friends, family and pillars of our business community.

 
To buy tickets online, go to http://MBC.TicketsSoEasy.com


July 3, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Independence Day Holiday- No Meeting

There is NO meeting on July 3rd. Have a happy and safe July 4th Holiday! See you on the 17th.


July 17, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC Networking Event- July 17th

Come experience "Speed Networking" at its finest! As a member of MBC, we want you to know other members you might have only briefly interacted with. We will be issuing table assignments as you sign in. Here is the perfect method of learning a little bit more about the people you see twice a month! You will spend 10-15 minutes with each table group discussing your company - then rotate. In order to both receive and provide the best possible experience for everyone, please come with answers to the following questions about you and your company: What does your company do? Who is your target market (what do you consider an ideal client)? What is a good referral to you? What are your goals as a member of MBC?


August 7, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
James La Barrie

Originally from the Caribbean island of Antigua, James La Barrie has built a reputation as an outstanding marketer and champion of customer service. 
The son of hoteliers who ran a 5 star French restaurant, James saw first hand that to treat people well is to gain loyalty from customers. Having spent nine years as the General Manager of Skydive Carolina, James has a proven track record for success in business. While at Skydive Carolina, James oversaw increased revenues between 15%-30% for nine consecutive years based around his marketing approach of leveraging his customers to become
the company's marketing team utilizing word-of-mouth and social media strategies.  
 
"It's not our job to please the customer ... it's our job to amaze them!" is the cornerstone of James' approach. With today's technology, every customer with Internet access has the power to impact a company's image in just a few seconds. On these principles, James launched Beyond Marketing (amazethecustomer.com) in January of 2013 and is a contributing 'BizXpert' writer for Greater Charlotte Biz Magazine. 
 
TOPIC: Customer Service is Your Best Marketing Plan
 
This presentation will provide the following takeaways: 

- A better understanding of how to implement customer service marketing into a social media marketing campaign. 

- Ideas of how to deliberately spread word of mouth marketing. 

- Answer the financial ramifications of implementing extreme customer service. 

- A better understanding of how culture and word of mouth marketing can effect sales. 


August 21, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
William Wilson: William Wilson Clothing

After serving in the Navy, and owning a successful construction company, William Wilson’s life was forever changed when a client complimented him on his style and requested his assistance in organizing his wardrobe. Armed with a unique understanding of branding, in 2008, William created William Wilson Clothing. Listening to friends in the NFL and NBA, he developed a lifestyle brand built on three core focal points: Success- Power- Exclusivity.
Since then, he has designed looks for the Grammys, the OSCARS, and the Emmy Awards, Charlotte Motor Speedway, over 60 NFL players and actor/ comedian DL Hughley. William has been on the cover of two magazines and has been featured in dozens of others. Understanding that success is more about giving back than taking in, he founded the William Wilson Foundation, and hosts Charlotte’s most exclusive charity event, The William Wilson Celebrity Invitational, which raises money to fight Domestic Violence, and is attended by professional athletes and celebrities from all over the country.
 
Take Aways
  • Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, not a career.
 
  • Only 3 things make you successful: being first, better or different.
 
  • Your look sets the foundation of your credibility and reliability.
 
  • People only want to work with people they feel are successful.


September 4, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Chris Halligan

Chris Halligan is an experienced and successful technology executive and entrepreneur.

In addition to serving IDEA Fund (a venture capital firm from Durham, NC) as an operating partner, he serves as an advisor to several startups, including GetFeedback (San Francisco), OpenLabs (Austin) and MindsMesh (Charlotte).  Chris is the current President of  Charlotte Regional Technology Executives, a networking and educational forum for tech execs in the Queen City.

Chris co-founded OtherScreen with Jigsaw co-founder Garth Moulton in 2011.  Prior to OtherScreen, Chris served as CEO for a publicly traded gaming firm, co-founded Kieden (which was acquired by Salesforce in 2006) and ran North America for WebMethods. Chris spent the 90’s working for Dell during which time he was Salesman of the Year and eventually had responsibility for over $2B in online revenues.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Arizona and he and his family live in Charlotte, NC

 

 

Title of Talk : What I Learned When OtherScreen Failed


September 18, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Mark Smith

J. Mark Smith is Founder and President of CGIN. Mark, a North Carolina native, began professionally with a local Charlotte Landscape Company in 1981 where he worked 16 years and was a 5% minority share Owner at the time he left to start his own Landscape Company in 1997 – Environmental Design Landscape, Inc. (EDL).

Mark has experience in all aspects of Landscape Maintenance services as well as Commercial Landscape Construction services. He applies his experience with continuing education to keep up with all the new industry standards and products, offering his customers top quality services.

Mark is a member of Entrepreneur Organization (EO), a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) and a Certified Plant Professional (CPP). His professional associations include Planet, Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), and board member of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.

His past professional associations include past President Carolina Grounds Management, past board member of Central Piedmont Community College Advisory Board, and a past board member Charlotte Chapter Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). He holds a Landscape Contractor’s License, an Irrigation Contractor’s License and a Commercial General Contractor’s License.

Articles in the Charlotte Business Journal and Greater Charlotte Biz magazine have been published detailing his GREEN models which are currently being implemented by EDL in servicing its clients.

He is also the author of “Design With the End in Mind” published in May 2010 detailing his vision for the future of landscaping the GREEN industry through his E-Design™ Model.


October 2, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
The Elevator Speech Fire Drill Event

A new twist to the MBC Breakfast Meeting that is sure to be fun and informative. The first hour will be networking, coffee, mingling and announcements. At 8am, every member in attendance will have the opportunity to give a 15-30 second elevator speech highlighting their company, goals and objectives and what they would like to gain from the group as well as any information that allows members to get to know you better. A list of sample questions will be provided.  Byron’s will be setup with bar table tops and special horsdevours style breakfast foods at stations around the room.  We look forward to a well-attended event.


October 16, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Debby Millhouse Presents: Power Networking

Debby Millhouse is the Owner and President of CEO Inc. Founded in Charlotte, NC in 1994, CEO Inc. is a full service recruiting firm providing direct hire placement, temp staffing and human capital services for clients nationwide. Ms. Millhouse has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times, inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, and given the Women in Business Achievement Award winner by the Charlotte Business Journal. CEO Inc. has also been honored with the Charlotte Ethics in Business Award, Charlotte Best Places to Work Award, and recognized as one of the top 50 diversity-owned businesses in the state of North Carolina. In 2013 CEO Inc. was recognized as one of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Staffing Firms by Staffing Industry Analysts.
 
Presentation Topic: “Power Networking – Make connections that matter”
It takes a lot more than a stack of business cards to become a “Power Networker.”  Debby Millhouse will share the secrets to engaging people and leaving a lasting impression through proper and skillful networking techniques. Using visualization and audience participation, Debby breaks down the networking process into easy steps that leave everyone in attendance feeling empowered, confident and excited about their next networking opportunity.
 


November 6, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Water Issues Around the World- Jack McNeary

Jack attended high school in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Duke University in 1961. He received a bachelor’s degree in Botany with graduate work in Forestry. Jack began his career working with Bartlett Tree Company in Rockville, Maryland and later was sales manager for the office in Charlotte, NC. Jack has spent several years in Turkey while in the military, took discharge overseas and hitchhiked around Europe. In total, Jack has hitchhiked over 15,000 miles. In addition to racing sailboats of various classes for over 30 years, mostly with his wife and daughter he has also represented the South East in the Prince of Wales Championships in San Diego. This was match racing much like what was raced in the America's Cup a few months ago, but the boats could do about ten knots and not 40. Jack is one of MBC most seasoned members having joined MBC a week after it was established. Jack was in the Tree Maintenance and Landscape business for 42 years until he retired in 2007. Since that time he has he has been wondering what the world will be like when his grandson is an adult in 2050. His topic for the November 6th Meeting is: Water Issues Around the World understanding how it might affect your business.


November 20, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Robert Pressley, CCIM

A native of Charlotte, Robert Pressley graduated from East Carolina University. He is a licensed real estate broker in North, South Carolina and Georgia and holds the distinguished CCIM designation. After a brief career in the environmental industry, in 1992 he joined his family’s real estate business, MECA Properties, and is the third generation of Pressley’s to be affiliated with that firm.
Rob is President of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he is very active in the brokerage and development of real estate. During his career as a practicing broker Rob has completed hundreds transactions in the areas of land, investment, retail, office and industrial real estate. His clients include banks, small and large corporate entities, investors, developers, non-profits and various governmental entities.
He is a past recipient of Charlotte’s 40 under 40 Award.
Rob currently is a Member of the Belmont, NC Planning and Zoning Board.
Rob will be speaking to MBC about the fall and resurrection of the US real estate market over the last five years.


December 4, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Bob Salvin

Thinking Out Of The Box For 2014
Specific Strategies For The Evolving Business Environment
 
Every business and its customers go through an evolving cycle of innovation, maturity and obsolescence. Some, but not all, re-innovate and continue to prosper. The trick is to know when stagnation begins to come into play, how to bring innovation back into the picture, who you need on your team, how customer relationships change and how to reinvigorate them, and how to reinvent yourself and your business. Bob will identify cycles that all of us have, and present practical concepts, practices and ideas on how to have these cycles favor our success.
 
About Bob Salvin
 
Bob Salvin is the founder and CEO of Salvin Dental Specialties, Inc, a Charlotte, NC based manufacturer of surgical instrumentation and biomaterials for implant dentistry.
 
Starting from the trunk of a used car in 1981, he has built a business with global brand recognition, now with a direct sales force in North America, and selling direct or through distributors in over 110 countries.  Salvin Dental has been ranked by Bank of America and Price Waterhouse Coopers multiple times in their Fast 50 ranking of privately held companies in the Charlotte area, and has been named multiple times as a Business Journal Best Place To Work.
 
Bob is an alumnus of North Carolina State University, the Strategic Coach Program and the Center For Creative Leadership. He is a Past President of the Charlotte World Trade Association, and the Metrolina Business Council.  He is the recipient of the Gateway International Trade Award, the North Carolina Governor's International Trade Award and has been honored by the Seattle Study Club Global Organization with the Charlie English Community Education Award.
 
Bob is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner. In addition to Salvin Dental, he serves on the boards of Clarion Research Group, a Pennsylvania based biotech company, and Lancer Orthodontics, a California based Orthodontic company.
 


December 12, 2013 , 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2013 Annual MBC Holiday Party

You and your guest are cordially invited to attend the
2013 Annual MBC Holiday Party
 
This annual event is the ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow members and their families in a more intimate setting.  Join us at MBC Member, Marc Mataya's home while enjoying cocktails and an amazing catered buffet by Best Impressions Catering.  Dress is business casual.  If you are a new member, you definitely don't want to miss this event!
 
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
6:30pm-9:00pm
 
Where: Marc Mataya's Home - 2215 Hassell Place, 28209
For Google Map Directions click here.


December 18, 2013 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
End of Year Champagne Breakfast

We hope to see everyone for our Annual Champagne Breakfast on Wednesday December 18th. At this meeting we will have a deluxe breakfast catered by Byron’s with Champagne and Orange Juice.  It has been a tremendous year of accomplishments, great membership and wonderful connections. We will be toasting the New Year, giving recognition of those who have served as our MBC Board Members, presenting our traditional Donald Haack Award to a member and we will also be announcing and welcoming the new MBC Board for 2014. This event is a great opportunity to give recognition where it is due and also preview upcoming events at MBC.


December 30, 2013 , 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
RSVP Confirmations

This is an important confirmation test to confirm that every member is both receiving these event request emails, as well as actually reading them and responding to RSVP requests by clicking one of the YES/NO links.
 
If you have received this email, and you read and respond to these, please click the YES link.
 
PS.  REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE A MEETING ON JANUARY 1ST!
 


January 15, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Speaker: Dale Carnegie Human Relations & Effective Communications

Kick off the new 2014 year with what will possibly be the most important topics of your personal and business careers!  You cannot define or measure how important these time-tested Dale Carnegie principals are in your everyday lives from the time you wake up, to the time you fall asleep.  They even affect "how" you sleep!  These core human principals affect how you interact with not just business relationships, but also with personal relationships, your staff, your partners, etc.  This will be a meeting that you will not want to miss!
Susan Spader - President/CEO of Dale Carnegie Training Charlotte & Western North Carolina
This award winning franchise covers 42 counties in North Carolina – from the Charlotte Metro Area to the mountain counties. Susan has been with Dale Carnegie since 2000 in various sales and management roles. She started in Charlotte NC as a Sales Associate and quickly achieved a top rank in global standings. She was promoted to General Manager and acquired the franchise territory in 2012.

Susan is certified to deliver all of Dale Carnegie’s core programs, as well as creating and delivering customized Corporate Solutions. As a testament to her training expertise, she is ranked as one of the top trainers in the Dale Carnegie global organization.

Susan has worked closely with more than 500 clients in the Charlotte and Western North Carolina area and has specialized knowledge in the finance, manufacturing, construction, information technology, healthcare and service industries. Her ability to build strong relationships and to gain an in-depth understanding of her client's businesses has enabled her to build enduring partnerships with her clients.

Susan has a B.S. in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to her continued commitment to Dale Carnegie Training, Susan is active in her local community. She is married, mother to two sons, and is attempting to learn the fickle game of golf.
 
David Kirkpatrick - Corporate Solutions Specialist for Dale Carnegie Charlotte & Western Carolina
His main focus includes individual and group development in the areas of leadership / management, human relations, customer service, sales, sales management, presentation skills, time management, and team building. David received a BA degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Education degree with a focus on Vocational and Career Development from Georgia State University. He has also completed additional studies in the Continued Professional Development Department at Oxford University, Oxford England. His career includes 16 years with Parisian Inc. (purchased by Belk Department Stores) as Divisional Merchandise Manager and Store Manager. He has served for 13 years as President and owner of Communication Network Corporation, a telecommunications equipment provider and for 6 years was Vice-President of Organizational Development, the Moser Group, a management /training consulting firm.


February 5, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Lauri Eberhart

Topic:  How to do business with NASCAR and with other sports franchises.  And, excellent lessons on what works and what doesn't in the sports arena!
 
Lauri Eberhart - Speedway Benefits Corp.
Lauri has over 20 years of experience in the motorsports legal business and a very broad base of experience in many areas including corporate legal matters, start ups, business organizations, contract negotiations, strategic planning, budget management, profit and loss responsibility, intellectual property,  licensing, employment matters, corporate finance matters, external relations, communications, sales and marketing and business management.
 
She was Vice President, Communications and General Counsel of Speedway Motorsports and participated in over $500 million of capital acquisition for the company and represented the company successfully during several acquisitions. As Executive Vice President of Charlotte Motor Speedway, she learned what it takes to run a successful business and was responsible for the successful opening of zMAX Dragway.
 
During her career, she has negotiated sponsorship agreements with values in excess of $100 million; employment agreements, real estate contracts, all while keeping legal fees within budget and adding to the profitability of the company. She was also VP of Marketing at Richmond International Speedway and Director of Sales at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
 
Things Lauri would not say about herself:
  • She won the 2007 Charlotte Businesswomen of the Year Award.
  • She received the 2004 Business North Carolina Legal Elite Award and the 1998 Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Award, among many others.
  • She is a history geek and loves gourmet cooking.
  • She is a frequent guest lecturer at Belmont Abbey College on motorsports management and public speaker to many organizations on the topics of the Motorsports, Risk Management and Crisis Communications.
     


February 19, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC ED 101 & Photo February!

There will be no speaker today.  Instead, we are going to do a little housekeeping event that includes...
  • Photo Shoot with Mitchell Kearney
  • MBC Happy Hour and announcements
  • CharlotteMBC.com Website Usage Education
In an effort to get our membership directory stepped up another notch, we are setting up Mitchell's screens and lights at Byron's so that members can update their photo that is being used in the membership directory.  New members get a free photo as part of their new membership and existing members can optionally update their photo for $85.  Please plan on wearing a collared shirt that day for the pictures.  Remember that these photos can also be used for your LinkedIn profiles or other bio profiles.  Also, this is a golden opportunity to get an updated quality photo of yourself that you can give to other family members, grandchildren, etc.
 
During the photo shoot, members can eat and mingle at the stand-up bar tables or at the round sitting tables.
 
We'll also have the screen and projector running with a laptop and we'll be demonstrating how to log into the website to look up members, how to create emails, how to forward contact information to referrals, etc.  At this time, we'll ask that you ALL come up to make sure that your profile is up to date with the most current information.
 
IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHY PREP INFORMATION:
  • Look in our directory or on google for your favorite poses and pics of someone else!
  • Next, practice your favorite "professional poses" in a mirror!  Yes, actually do this!
  • Pick a side…face side that is!  Ask your kids or loved one for their favorite!
  • Decide where you’d use this picture besides on the MBC directory… on the web in: facebook, linkedin, press bios, newspapers, etc.
  • Then, decide on the tone you want to set for the viewer of where it will be used….casual, serious, presidential, etc.
  • Wear a light-colored and collared shirt, since Mitchell’s backdrop will be medium-grey and you don’t want to blend in.  Feel free to sport your casual golf shirts if it better fits your occupation.
  • We’ll be powering through members so plan on a super quick 2-3 minute session of head and shoulder portraits. The goal is to have your pose ready to roll, so that you are as happy as possible with the final output. 
  • Expectations:  The final result will be a portrait oriented, color, and black and white version of your best look, with 2 file sizes: a hi-res 6" x 9" @ 300 res (for printing), and a lo-res 600 pixels x 900 pixels (for web use). 
  • Photos should be available within about 3 weeks.
  • Each subject will receive 4 files: hi and lo res in both color and B&W
  • Additional photographic print options:  5"x7" for $10, and 8"x10" for $15


March 5, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Speaker: Glen Raiger (MBC Member)

 
Glen Raiger is a diverse industry and business “C” level executive with over 35 years of consistent successes leading, designing and executing growth and value creation strategies. Mr. Raiger brings his clients a unique perspective that allows him to fully understand and relate to the issues and challenges owners must deal with when seeking to grow their businesses.
 
Mr. Raiger also has significant international business experience which includes forming strategic alliances, making strategic acquisitions and starting new businesses in Asia, South America, Mexico and Northern Europe.Over Mr. Raiger's career he successfully built and sold four diverse industry businesses from the position of start up to the position of strategic acquisition and investment. Mr. Raiger holds a triple bachelor’s degree in Management Science, Economics and International Business from Carnegie-Mellon University and has completed the Executive Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.He has served on numerous Boards of Directors for both domestic and international companies classified as start-up, early stage, middle market and larger cap companies.
 
Topic:
 
The Truth About Creating Company Value
 
•        Three ways owners get paid
•        Do you have a number in mind that you would consider selling your business?  Why not and why should you?
•        How long will it take at your current growth rate to get there?
•        How much is your business worth today?
•        Ideas and ways to get there faster.
•        What creates value and makes a company more attractive to a buyer so they will pay a premium
 
If you do a Google search on what the number one reason for businesses failing you won’t find this word but virtually every article speaks to the components that lead right to it.  SCALABILITY
 
•        How do I scale my business to keep pace with rapid the growth?
•        What are the elements of scaling that ensure successful value creation and protect my downside


March 19, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Speaker: NC Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO

 
Brad Wilson will be discussing the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect you, your company and even your own family.
____________________________________________________________________
 
Brad Wilson brings to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina a passion for health care, a deep commitment to community involvement and expertise in business and public policy.
As president and CEO of the state’s largest health insurer (4,200 employees, 3.7 million customers), Wilson is dedicated to improving North Carolina’s health care system, making health care more affordable and helping BCBSNC adapt in a changing health care environment.
 
Wilson serves as chair of the National Institute for Health Care Management to address health care challenges at the national level. He also serves as a director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), BCS Financial Corporation and Prime Therapeutics, among others.
 
This work continues in North Carolina, where he chairs the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation — an independent charitable organization that has invested nearly $90 million in community-based health and wellness efforts. He is also treasurer of the North Carolina Chamber, board member of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and a past chair of the University of North Carolina Board Of Governors.
 
Wilson, who joined BCBSNC in 1995, held a range of senior-level positions before being tapped to lead the organization in 2010. A lifelong North Carolinian, previously he practiced law and served as general counsel to Gov. Jim Hunt, directing the governor’s legislative strategy and heading his legal department.


April 2, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
The MBC Top Five Information Exchange

At this meeting we will ask a selection of members (last names beginning A-L) to share their top five business tools that have revolutionized their business. This is a great opportunity for us all to learn from each other and enhance the group dynamic through discussion. What has worked well for you?
The selection of members at the meeting will be asked to take 3-4 minutes to present the following at the podium:
  1. An introduction of yourself and your business
  2. Include your personal thank yous as you normally would
  3. Discuss your top five and include how you were introduced to this tool, how you apply it to your own business and how it will help others.
We will also ask this selection of members to bring a typed copy to the meeting or email Isra with your top five so that we can post it to the website. These will be treated like testimonials so that members can reference them at any time for a reminder!
We look forward to learning from this information exchange!


April 16, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
The MBC Top Five Part II

At this meeting we will have members present for 3-5 minutes their Top 5 tools that have revolutionized their business.  “Tools” can be anything such as an application, resource, contractor, book, class, vendor, decision, quote, mentor, style, principal, etc.
We will give priority to those who did not get a chance to speak at the last meeting, and then continue in the order in which I have received your presentation until the meeting concludes.
This is an amazing opportunity for us all to learn from each other and enhance the group dynamic through discussion.  The end result will be a 90 page slideshow/PDF that will be an invaluable asset to MBC for years to come as we perpetually update it annually.
Please email me your Top 5 bullet points and detail how you apply it to your business and how you feel it will help others. I will add your information to the master slideshow and it will be ready for you to present.  Here is an example from the last meeting:
Kent Lowe
Integrity Heating and Cooling 
·         Keep it simple- sometimes we overlook the obvious.
·         Learn best practices from a proven source rather than reinvent the wheel.
·         Online reviews are a tremendous aid to your website. Ask and remind clients to go out and provide them on Google, Yahoo, Yelp, Angie’s List etc.
·         A software package is extremely beneficial to our company in managing labor while having all of our clients’ history and information at our finger tips.
          Keeping eyes and ears open for technological developments can provide some tremendous customer wow’s as well as a competitive advantage.
·         Read ‘Good to Great’
We will have a slide available for your presentation so you must email us your list prior to the meeting.  Also, you may choose to do your own mini-slideshow, and we can do a raw summary slide for the final master copy.  Remember that we’d like to keep each member’s presentation under 5 minutes.
 
We look forward to learning from this information exchange!


May 7, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Dan Rajkowski of the Charlotte Knights

 
Dan Rajkowski:  Executive VP and COO of the Charlotte Knights
 
We are pleased to welcome Dan Rajkowski who will be speaking at MBC.
 
Dan has held his current title since November 30, 2012. Previously he spent seven years as the club's Vice President and General Manager.
 
As a 29-year veteran of the baseball business, Rajkowski has operated clubs at all classifications of Minor League Baseball. Dan has worked for owner Don Beaver over the past 20 years, managing three of his teams. In addition to the Charlotte Knights, Dan also ran teams in Knoxville, TN and New Orleans, LA. The Charlotte Knights opened BB&T Ballpark in April to a sellout crowd and the Knights lead all of Minor League Baseball in attendance.
 
Rajkowski is an active member in numerous community organizations. He currently sits on the Boards for the Ambassadors of Levine Children’s Hospital and the Charlotte Regional Partnership. In addition he is a member of the Charlotte Rotary and is active in the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance.
 
Over the span of Rajkowski's career, he has operated clubs at every level of Minor League Baseball.  He is a graduate of Cortland State University with a degree in Sports Management and Administration.  He has served on a number of boards within the baseball community. 
 
Dan resides in Fort Mill, SC and is the proud parent of son Jonathan (25) and daughter Annemarie (16).


May 21, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Bruce Stankavage

“Businesses don’t improve…people do.”
 
As leaders we must put first things first. It starts at the top. Do you want to grow your business and your people? You grow. You learn. You model. You serve. You respect others. You trust. You lead. You provide value. You treat others well.
 
You must be willing to look in the mirror, accept responsibility and change first. Corporate and employee change naturally flows when the leader leads and changes. As John Wooden said, “Young people don’t need critics, they need models.” This applies to organizations as well. Employees don’t need critics, they need leaders who model the characteristics they seek in their people.
 
This personal process begins by understanding our mindset. How do I, as the owner, leader or president see, interpret and engage the world? How do I handle failure? What are my views on corporate and personal change? What are my views on innate talent? Can people really change? What do I think about goals? How do I talk to my employees? How do I talk to myself?
 
Subtopics include: dealing with fear, the getting better vs being good mindset, the talent myth, reframing failure, the beginners mind, fueling our heart and minds, becoming your own best coach, mental toughness defined for business, and the importance of the process.


June 4, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Jeff Shelton CFO of US National White Water Center

MBC welcomes Jeff Shelton of the US National White Water Center. Jeff will give us a brief history of the White Water Center, obstacles he has had to overcome and great business tips for all of us.
 
Jeff Shelton, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff began his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG after graduating from Western Kentucky University.  In addition to his six-year stint at KPMG, Jeff has worked in financial, operational and development roles for small start-up and large publicly-traded companies, including VP positions with PhyCor and MedCath, two national healthcare companies.  Jeff began his association with the USWNC as volunteer and migrated to Board member and then to employee, joining the USNWC as its CFO in 2005.

Jeff has served on several nonprofit boards, is involved with the athletic boosters at Providence High School including serving as President and Treasurer, and is active with his family at their church.  He is married to Rebecca (Hoover), a Charlotte native; they have four daughters.


June 18, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Dual Member Presentations

At this meeting we will continue to get to know select MBC members as they tell us about themselves, their family, their businesses as well as their Top 5 tools that have revolutionized their business.
To recap:
This is an amazing opportunity for us all to learn from each other and enhance the group dynamic through discussion.  The end result will be a 90 page slideshow/PDF that will be an invaluable asset to MBC for years to come as we perpetually update it annually.
So far we have heard incredible presentations and the feedback has been positive. Here is an example from what has worked well for Ellison Clary, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina:
  • Face-to-face, honest and clear communication  
  • Dedication to the client/project        
  • Dogged determination to find upside outcome
  •  Willingness to learn from another person’s point of view
  • An open mind
Mitchell Kearney will also be taking photos in the back for our 2014/2015 Membership Directory. Please contact him if you would like to be placed on the list.
 


July 16, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Spencer Lueders of 24 Hours of Booty

Topic:  How to build an $11,000,000 non-profit organization doing what you love!
 
Spencer Lueders is a social entrepreneur and thought leader with a passion for bikes and changing the conversation about cancer.  Spencer is the founder of 24 Hours of Booty, which has raised more than 11 million dollars since inception, and the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, SC.
 
Spencer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and later a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina.  He spent many years in private practice and more than half a decade as an attorney with NASCAR, Inc. Never one to shy from challenge and learning new things, Spencer stopped practicing law in 2013 and is now Assistant General Manager at East Charlotte Nissan.
 
An avid cyclist for over 20 years, Spencer holds a USA Cycling Category II license. Spencer and his wife, Susan, have 3 children and reside in Charlotte, NC.
 


August 6, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Preparing your Last Will and Testament while you wait

Preparing your Last Will and Testament while you wait
David Erdman invented the DoubleLegal (TM) system (client and lawyer working together to create a legal document) to write Wills and Power of Attorney documents in a single meeting with the client.
At the August 6th  MBC meeting, David will create and print a Will for MBC volunteer, Anne Mayfield, while she and the audience participate. (We will need three Will witnesses). Will Bishop, Notary Public, will notarize the document. Anne’s Will can be completed in the time usually taken for the program, and there may be time to set up her Power of Attorney as well.
The process will be similar to that which all clients complete in David’s office when they write their documents, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills.
You will learn what’s standard and not standard about these documents, as they are customized to Anne’s specifications, and you will see how efficiently documents can be prepared using David’s DoubleLegal (TM) system


August 20, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Speaker: Louis Foreman of Enventy's

About Enventy's:  http://www.Enventys.com
Enventys is a uniquely innovative company dedicated to helping you stay far ahead of the competition. Simply put, we believe there are two ways to grow your business: introduce new innovative products or sell more of what you already have. Whichever direction fits your needs, we can help you thrive with a proven approach that delivers quantifiable results. Our 100 year old renovated warehouse in the heart of downtown Charlotte N.C. contains all the resources you'll need. We have experts in industrial design, engineering, prototyping, web and interactive, branding and advertising, public relations and video production all under one roof to help you succeed from every angle. Instead of a singular focus or one size fits all process, we provide solutions tailored to meet your needs with only one goal in mind; to maximize your return. Whether you choose to utilize all or just a few of our expert resources, our experience and passion will produce the results you seek.
 
About Louis Foreman
Louis Foreman is founder and Chief Executive of Enventys (www.enventys.com), an integrated product design and engineering firm. He is also CEO of Edison Nation (www.EdisonNation.com), and Edison Nation Medical (www.EdisonNationMedical.com ). Louis graduated from The University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics. His interest in starting businesses and developing innovative products began while a sophomore with his first company founded in his fraternity room. Over the past 20 years Louis has created 9 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 20 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor of 10 registered US Patents, and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 600 more.

The recipient of numerous awards for entrepreneurial achievement, his passion for small business extends beyond his own companies. Louis is an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at Queens University. He received the Instructor Achievement Award for his teaching at Central Piedmont Community College, and was recognized by the National Museum of Education for his Distinguished Contributions to Education. Louis is an adjunct professor and the Entrepreneur in Residence at The McColl School of Business, and is the 2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johnson & Wales University. He is a frequent lecturer and radio / TV guest on the topics of small business creation and innovation, and is frequently invited by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and national trade associations to be a featured speaker on the topic of innovation.

In addition to being an inventor, Louis is also committed to inspiring others to be innovative. Louis is the creator of the Emmy® Award winning PBS TV show, Everyday Edisons, and serves as the Executive Producer and lead judge. The show is in its Fifth season and appears nationally on PBS. In 2007, Louis became the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 29 year old publication devoted to the topic of American Innovation. In 2009, his first book, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook, was published by Workman Publishing.

Louis serves on the Board of Directors of the James Dyson Foundation, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Ventureprise, New Dominion Bank, and is President of the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation (IPOEF). In 2013, Louis was appointed by SBA Administrator, Karen Mills, to serve a three year term on the National SBDC Advisory Board.

In 2008, Louis was appointed by United States Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez to serve for a three year term on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2011, he was appointed by Secretary Gary Locke to serve an additional three year term. The Committee was created by Congress in 1999 to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on matters relating to the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the patent operation. In 2013 he was asked to serve as Chairman of PPAC until the end of his term in December, 2014.

In 2011 Louis was called upon, multiple times, to brief the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on legislation related to the US Patent System and its impact on independent inventors. On September 16, 2011, Louis joined the President on-stage for the signing of the America Invents Act into law. This bi-partisan effort represented the most comprehensive overhaul to the US Patent System in over 60 years.


August 21, 2014 , 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
MBC Summer Social at the Vue

You and one guest are invited to mix and mingle at The Vue SKY lounge in Uptown Charlotte on Thursday August 21st at 6pm. The VUE is located at 215 North Pine Street, Charlotte, NC  28202.
The highest high-rise between New York and Miami is in Uptown Charlotte, so luxurious that there is a baby grand in the 50th floor SKY Lounge, a concierge in the lobby and spectacular amenities. With vuephoric views of the city, the BB&T ballpark, the Panthers stadium, even the North Carolina mountains.
Enjoy heavy hors'doeuvrs, beer, wine and cocktails catered by our very own Dave Byron. Your RSVP will account for two people. Please RSVP by Monday 8/18 and email info@charlottembc.com  with your guest's full name. We would need to provide a full list to the conceirge and you and your guest will be escorted to the 50th floor SKY lounge.


September 3, 2014 , 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: John Putnam - "Using your business for Creative Philanthrapy"

John grew up on a black angus cattle farm and has been married 26 years and has three children. He is an entrepreneur at heart and led a thriving practice in the financial services industry for 22 years advising high capacity families, entrepreneurs, executives and private businesses. He has his CFP® designation (Certified Financial Planner®), has received numerous industry awards and has been internationally recognized as a leader in his industry by the Million Dollar Round Table. John has always been active in his community serving in leadership roles in Boy Scouts, the arts, non-profits, his church, and schools.
 
John is an avid writer and speaker. He has had extensive media exposure in sharing his ideas, opinions and insights with millions of people on financial issues facing families and businesses, via local, regional and national television, radio and periodicals. Currently, you can hear John’s daily financial stewardship radio ministry outreach, Change for Your Dollar, on New Life 91.9 and its network stations, or, visit www.thesimplesteward.com.
 
Over the last decade of his advisory career, John began to focus more on his client’s life planning and the issues behind their financial choices and wealth transfer decisions. He spent these same years in concentrated study in this unique field with top subject matter experts around the country. He has had thousands of conversations guiding individuals and families through thoughtful processes to create clarity and unity in their lives and move toward achieving their respective financial goals, community impact and family legacies.
 
This faith-filled passion and calling, combined with his financial industry expertise, led him to transition from his financial advisory practice in March, 2012. He is now the Founding President of National Christian Foundation Piedmont in Charlotte, N.C., a regional affiliate of National Christian Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, with a vision to “encourage Kingdom stewardship and mobilize Kingdom resources.” Please visit www.piedmont.nationalchristian.com to learn more and share.


September 17, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC Happy Hour

As a member of MBC, we want you to know other members you might have only briefly interacted with. This Happy Hour event will give you the opportunity to mix and mingle, discuss your company and rotate around the room. Here is the perfect method of learning a little bit more about the people you see twice a month! What does your company do? Who is your target market (what do you consider an ideal client)? What is a good referral to you? What are your goals as a member of MBC? Byron’s will be setup with bar table tops and special horsdevours style breakfast foods.  We look forward to a well-attended event.


October 1, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Enventys Offsite Breakfast

This meeting will be held at the Enventys Headquarters: 520 Elliot Street, Suite 200 where we will have breakfast and be given a guided tour through the facility while learning more about their company.
 
 
About Enventy's:  http://www.Enventys.com
Enventys is a uniquely innovative company dedicated to helping you stay far ahead of the competition. Simply put, we believe there are two ways to grow your business: introduce new innovative products or sell more of what you already have. Whichever direction fits your needs, we can help you thrive with a proven approach that delivers quantifiable results. Our 100 year old renovated warehouse in the heart of downtown Charlotte N.C. contains all the resources you'll need. We have experts in industrial design, engineering, prototyping, web and interactive, branding and advertising, public relations and video production all under one roof to help you succeed from every angle. Instead of a singular focus or one size fits all process, we provide solutions tailored to meet your needs with only one goal in mind; to maximize your return. Whether you choose to utilize all or just a few of our expert resources, our experience and passion will produce the results you seek.
 
 


October 15, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Jones- Peak 10

David Jones, Chairman & CEO, Peak 10
David co-founded Peak 10 in March of 2000 and has assembled an expert management team which has worked together to build one of the industry's most admired companies in the data center and cloud infrastructure industry. The company has consistently produced impressive, consistent year over year financial performance and growth. Under David’s leadership, the company has become a national leader in IT infrastructure, cloud and managed services, with a focus on mid-market businesses across a variety of industries. Via its 25 data centers in 10 U.S. cities, Peak 10 delivers tailored, end-to-end, regulatory-compliant solutions to customers around the globe.
 
Prior to Peak 10, David was president of the Competitive Solutions Group at CHR Solutions, a telecommunications management-consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas. He has 25 years of combined executive leadership experience in sales, marketing and operations working for GTE (Verizon), Telecom*USA, MCI and ITC Holding Company.
 
David serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the Steele Creek YMCA in Charlotte and is on the advisory board for the McColl School of Business at Queens University. He served as the 2009 chairman of the board of directors for NCTA, and for a number of years on the NCTA executive committee. David has served as a member of executive committee and board of directors for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and is the former chairman of the Business Innovation and Growth (BIG) Council.
 
David holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and also completed the Executive Development Business Program at George Washington University.
 


November 5, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Speaker: Ann Clausen: Tax Update: What’s Happening In The World of Taxation

 
Ann Clausen will provide an update on Federal and NC tax laws and a discussion on what is possibly coming in the future.
 
S. ANN CLAUSEN, CPA CGMA
 
Over thirty- five years ago, Ann decided she wanted to be a CPA and help business owners reach their goals whether it was to grow their businesses, protect their assets or eventually retire. As a result, her business and tax experience is now extensive and includes professional service firms, manufacturing, retail, real estate, restaurants, and construction as well as high wealth tax planning for business owners. Her experience also includes extensive tax preparation and planning services in combination with business consulting. She works with business owners to utilize the federal and state tax laws to reduce their tax liabilities with techniques such as cost segregation studies and like-kind exchanges. Ann also represents her clients to settle federal and state tax issues. As a member of the community, Ann is involved in local organizations such as Women Executives, Metrolina Business Council as Treasure for 6 years, Go Red for Women, NCACPA local board, and various charitable organizations. She also is frequently a guest speaker on tax issues for local and national organizations.
 
Ann graduated with honors from Averett University, located in Danville, VA, obtaining a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She then attended Radford University’s Graduate School of Business and Economics in Radford, VA. Ann holds her CPA certification in North Carolina and the AICPA certification CGMA.


November 19, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Josh Kramer - VP of Marketing & Brand Strategy at Charlotte Hornets

Josh Kramer
Vice President of Marketing & Brand Strategy
 
Josh Kramer is in his eighth season with the organization and enters his second season as Vice President of Marketing & Brand Strategy.  In this role, he is responsible for shaping the Hornets brand through creative innovation, marketing campaigns and experiential opportunities, while also maximizing ticket sales and partnerships revenue through ad campaigns, digital strategies and internal and external marketing activations. 
 
Kramer joined the franchise in 2007 as Director of Event Presentation.  After two seasons in the Event Presentation group, he was promoted to Senior Director of Marketing in 2009 before moving into his current role in 2013.
 


December 3, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Senator Bob Rucho

Bob Rucho  is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 39. He was first appointed to the chamber in June 2008.
Rucho earned his B.S. from Northeastern University in 1970 and his D.D.S from the Medical College of Virginia in 1974. Rucho later earned his Advanced Degree in Prosthodontics from Boston University in 1977. He also holds a M.B.A from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1994. Rucho is the former Chief of the Department of Dentistry at Carolinas Medical Center. He is a practicing dentist and prosthodontics specialist.


December 11, 2014 , 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
MBC Holiday Party at the Vue

You and your guest are invited to the MBC Holiday Party at The Vue SKY lounge in Uptown Charlotte on Thursday December 11th at 6:30pm. The VUE is located at 215 North Pine Street, Charlotte, NC  28202.
Many of you attended our Summer Social at the highest high-rise between New York and Miami is in Uptown Charlotte, so luxurious that there is a baby grand in the 50th floor SKY Lounge, a concierge in the lobby and spectacular amenities. With vuephoric views of the city, the BB&T ballpark, the Panthers stadium, even the North Carolina mountains.
Enjoy heavy hors'doeuvrs, beer, wine and cocktails catered by our very own Dave Byron. Please RSVP by Monday 12/8 and email info@charlottembc.com  with your guest's full name. We would need to provide a full list to the conceirge and you and your guest will be escorted to the 50th floor SKY lounge.


December 17, 2014 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
End of Year Champagne Breakfast

We hope to see everyone for our Annual Champagne Breakfast on Wednesday December 17th. At this meeting we will have a deluxe breakfast catered by Byron’s with Champagne and Orange Juice.  It has been a tremendous year of accomplishments, great membership and wonderful connections. We will be toasting the New Year, giving recognition to those who have served as our MBC Board Members  and we will also be announcing and welcoming the new MBC Board for 2014. This event is a great opportunity to give recognition where it is due and also preview upcoming events at MBC.


January 7, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Debby Millhouse- Goal Setting

 
SPEAKER: DEBBY MILLHOUSE
 
“There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.
The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!” (Why you should be writing down your goals by Ashley Feinstein, Forbes)
 
At this meeting, Debby Millhouse will show us a strategic approach to putting your 2015 plan in place.  Please consider the following, so that our time together can be profitable for you:
·         If you are sitting down one year from now…what will have to happen for you to feel successful about the year?
·         What are the dangers or obstacles you face? 
·         What are the opportunities? 
·         What skills do you have to get there?
 


January 21, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Kent Lowe

Kent Lowe will be discussing building a company through the 2008 Great recession. He will discuss the following:
·         Purchasing a company
·         Learning a completely new field
·         Surviving a major defection and the great recession
·         How core values have helped us to survive and grow
 
Kent Lowe was born in S. Africa and moved to Wisconsin at age 17.
He graduated from UW Whitewater and UW Wisconsin and has 12 years in operations, product development and international sales and marketing. He has been in the HVAC industry for 9 years and is loving life in Charlotte!


January 28, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Uptown Charlotte Wednesday Social at Icehouse

Everyone picked a business card of a fellow MBC Member at the last meeting to spend some time getting to know them better. Here is an opportunity for those who live or work close to the South End area. 
We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 28th at Ice House South End 2100 South Blvd from 5-7pm. 
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting. 
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com
 
 
 
 


January 29, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
South Charlotte Thursday Social at Rusty Onion

Everyone picked a business card of a fellow MBC Member at the last meeting to spend some time getting to know them better. Here is an opportunity for those who live or work close to the South Charlotte area. 
We will be meeting on Thursday, January 29th at the Rusty Onion 6654 Carmel Rd. Charlotte, NC 28226 from 5-7pm.  
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting. 
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


February 4, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speakers: Craig Dunn and Will Bishop

Get to know your very own MBC Members Craig Dunn and Will Bishop as they provide us with insight around their businesses and a little bit of personal history too.
 
Craig Dunn
 
Craig Alan Dunn of Carolinas Office Solutions was born in Erwin, NC and relocated to Charlotte 1968. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a 2 ½ year stint at The Citadel. Craig started his business in 2000 with his childhood friend from 2nd grade, with a $150 investment each – from which they built from the business from the ground up. 
 
Will Bishop
 
Will is originally from Greenwood, SC
Graduated from Presbyterian College in 1995
Eloped to Mexico to marry my bride Ronni Bishop in 2012
Proud husband & father of our beautiful daughter, Reed
Banker with PNC since 1999. We were Centura Bank till 2001 and
RBC Bank till 2012.
 
Will will be speaking about how PNC Bank helps business owners.


March 4, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker:Troy Meeks

 
Troy Meeks will be speaking at the next meeting about his lessons learned from coaching high school football and how it applies to parenting and business.
 
About Troy:
Resident of Charlotte since 1979.
Graduated Independence High School in 1987 and Yale University in 1991.  Played quarterback on Yale’s football team freshman and sophomore year.
Married to wife Ashley and they will celebrate 20 years this October.
Troy has 3 children – Daughter Jordan (15) is a sophomore at Providence HS.  Sons David (12) and Daniel (10) are 6th and 4th grade at Collinswood Language Academy
Will be starting his  3rd year coaching at Providence HS this fall.
Troy has been in the residential mortgage lending industry since the beginning of 2002.


March 18, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Cyber Security Awareness Panel

Increase your awareness and mitigate risk by listening and contributing to the conversation about Cyber Security. Dan Wilson of Waypoint as well as our very own members John Cantrell, Jim Golz, Brook Hobgood and Marc Mataya will be on the panel this week as they share their experience and offer practical advice for running your business by taking the proper precautions to protect your information. 


April 1, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Editor of Charlotte Observer: Rick Thames

 A North Carolina native, Rick has been in the newspaper business his entire career. He earned a BA in English from Pfeiffer College and received his MA in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. He has served stints for the Knight Ridder chain in Wichita, Miami and Charlotte in various positions. His current employer is the McClatchey chain which purchased many of the Knight-Ridder papers several years ago.
 
Rick will be speaking about managing in a “changing environment” which is a must for anyone in the “paper” business as the internet has significantly changed the operating model of the news business. Currently serving on a task force of the paper guided by consultants at Stanford University, Rick will be sharing his thoughts of “developing an entrepreneurial spirit” within an organization.
 
Whether big or small, whatever the market, all of us are managing in a rapidly changing environment. Please come to this meeting prepared to learn how one large business is dealing with this issue. You won’t be disappointed .


April 15, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Redding

After graduating from Boston College in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics, David Redding served nine years in the United States Army in the Infantry and Special Forces. He is a graduate of Ranger School, the Special Forces Qualification Course, SERE and French Commando School. His Special Forces career includes the command of a Special Forces A-Team during Operation Desert Storm.
Redding left the Army in 1994 to attend Wake Forest University Law School. Since his graduation in 1997, his practice has been primarily located in Charlotte, North Carolina in the area of commercial litigation. He has vast experience in all facets of complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration. He has taken several cases to North Carolina’s appellate courts on complex issues involving indemnification, liability limitation and the uniform commercial code.
Topic- David is going to talk about how he and the F3 team have used social media and preparation to expand F3 into other areas. How they scaled and are scaling F3 into a regional and national nonprofit.


April 22, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Uptown Charlotte Wednesday Social at Icehouse

Here is an opportunity for those who live or work close to the South End area. 
We will be meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd at Ice House South End 2100 South Blvd from 5-7pm. 
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting. 
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


April 23, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
South Charlotte Thursday Social at Rusty Onion

 Here is an opportunity for those who live or work close to the South Charlotte area. 
We will be meeting on Thursday, April 23rd  at the Rusty Onion 6654 Carmel Rd. Charlotte, NC 28226 from 5-7pm.  
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


May 6, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Jim McCully

A Florida native, Jim has been in the shipping business most of his career. After 3 years of college he entered the Air Force and became an Air Traffic Controller stationed at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS and March AFB, Riverside, CA and Anderson AFB Guam and finished up his Air Force Career at Vance AFB, Pilot Training Wing in Enid, OK . He went on to work for Ross Perot at EDS in Dallas, Tx and for Fred Smith in the start up years and then on to bigger and better things in the world of shipping. He will be presenting his story in the meeting on May 6th which will also include additional projects he has been working on since his last presentation 5 years ago.


May 6, 2015 , 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Golf Outing at Carolina Golf Club

Please RSVP if you would like to play golf at Carolina Golf Club on Wednesday May 6th at 12:30. 
This event will be "play your own ball". The cost is $75.00 and payment can be made to Metrolina Business Council. The address is 2415 Old Steele Creek Road Charlotte NC 28208. The event is limited to 16 people so please RSVP if you will be in attendance. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact John Cantrell- jc9000@gmail.com or call 704-905-9000
 


May 20, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Pfleeger: Diverse, Changing Career - Constant Values

David provides his subject matter expertise to assist healthcare organizations to define their logistics strategies and to develop practical solutions that enhance patient safety, customer experience, and the efficiency of operations.  David understands large organizations, how they work, and how they can be changed to improve operations.  He also understands the balance an organization must have between clinical and support activities and often acts as an honest broker between multiple stakeholders to find win/win solutions. 
 
David's Topic will be: 
"Diverse, Changing Career - Constant Values"
 He will be speaking about: 
  • Background -- how I got to this point
  • Musician, Soldier, Businessman
  • Why Military Leaders Make Good Leaders in Civilian World
  • Leadership Traits
  • Duty, Honor, Country -- important today . . . as it was in history


June 3, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Andy Dinkin

Andy Dinkin, Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Coldwell Banker Commercial, will provide an update on the Charlotte Commercial Real Estate Market Overview and will inform us on what he and his firm are doing in the market to help their clients.
Andy Dinkin states:
 
I may be wrong but I don't think so....
 
·        I believe in the growth of Charlotte
·        I believe the real estate on road corridors to Center City will have great appreciation - see the skyline
·        I believe the real estate near the light rail will have great appreciation
·        I believe in the growth of West Charlotte and Gaston County


June 10, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Uptown Charlotte Social at Icehouse

Here is an opportunity for those who live or work close to the South End area. 
We will be meeting on Wednesday, June 10th at Ice House South End 2100 South Blvd from 5-7pm. 
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


June 11, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
South Charlotte Social at the Rusty Onion

 Here is an opportunity for those who live or work close to the South Charlotte area. 
We will be meeting on Thursday, June 11 at the Rusty Onion 6654 Carmel Rd. Charlotte, NC 28226 from 5-7pm.  
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


June 17, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Hodgkins

David is the owner of a company called Piedmont Machinery of Charlotte.

In 2008, his daughter died of melanoma cancer at the age of 30.

This horrible incident caused him to establish a nonprofit called the purple promise with a purpose to end melanoma.

David is going to talk to us about the challenges of starting a nonprofit, following his passion, and integrating those two things together.

Www.purplepromise.com


 


July 1, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
The 60 Second Elevator Speech

Networking and Deliver your 60 second elevator speech
 
When someone asks you:
 
What do you do?
 
What is your ideal client?
 
How do you answer them? What a great time to practice your elevator speech while letting everyone get a refresher on what people are looking for in new clients.
 
Practice and you'll have the opportunity to give your elevator speech to others next week.


July 15, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Frank Schwartz: LEC Media

Frank will be speaking on how connecting WHY you do to WHAT you do is the most effective way to tell your story and differentiate yourself from your competition. 
 

Frank Schwartz began his career in video almost by accident.  After finishing his undergraduate degree from Radford University with a major in Psychology, he began working in the campus Radio and T.V. department to help pay his way through Graduate School.  He became interested in the true human connection that video creates and the way people emotionally connect through the medium.  This emotional connection translates to business also, and creating this with their customers is integral to the buying process. LEC Media was created with this connection in mind.

Frank describes himself as a problem solver, counselor and motivator whose goal is to understand his clients’ needs and develop a solution, through video, to meet their needs. Frank certainly has a deep and vibrant background in producing engaging B2B and B2C videos. But, above all else, clients connect with Frank’s passion, energy and keen ability to elicit the heart of the story from them. He firmly believes that everyone is in the people business, regardless of business type. His psychology background proves useful in uncovering the human element from clients to help them build that critical connection with their customers.

His role with his employees is to serve as an unwavering motivator. He believes in a collaborative and flexible company culture at LEC. This culture fosters productive, happy and engaged employees, all of which leads to satisfied clients and top-notch videos.


July 15, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
MBC Happy Hour- Brazwell's on Montford

 
We will be meeting on Wednesday 7/15  at  Brazwell's at 1627 Montford Dr, Charlotte NC 28209 from 5-7pm.  
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


July 29, 2015 , 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MBC Happy Hour at Richard Sterling's House

Richard Sterling has been gracious enough to invite the MBC Members to his home for Happy Hour on July 29th. 
 
The address is 636 Penn Street
 
He will be prepared for guests by 6PM.
 
Richard will supply craft beer in growlers,  a specialty summer cocktail and heavy appetizers.  Please RSVP so Richard can have an idea of how many to expect. 
 
 


August 5, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Mark Erwin

Mark Erwin is our speaker for the next meeting. He is president of Erwin Capital, a family owned investment company. He was appointed by President Clinton and  is currently serving as  the US Ambassador to the Republic of Maruritius, the republic of Seychelles, and the Republic of Comoros.

His topic is  on Cuba and the negotiations to lift the embargo and restore diplomatic relations.
 
He has written several books and should be a most interesting talk.


August 19, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Kip Roth

KIP ROTH

Kip Roth lives his message.  Born fingerless with severely deformed arms and hands, Kip endured years of surgeries just to have a chance at a normal life.  Kip made the most of that chance, becoming a successful Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Author, Civil Rights Leader, Member of the United States Paralympic Team, Two Time Paralympic and Disabled World Ski Championship Medalist, Four-Time National Disabled Ski Champion and Professional Public speaker.

Today, Kip is a successful entrepreneur, owns operates a real estate franchise, and is a recognized industry expert and presenter.  Kip has appeared on Good Morning America and has many other television and radio appearances.

 


August 26, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Uptown Social Happy Hour: Bonz Smoke & Taphouse (formerly Ice House)

~~Here is an opportunity for those who live or work close to the South End area.


We will be meeting on Wednesday, August 26 at Bonz Smoke and Taphouse (formerly Ice House) South End 2100 South Blvd from 5-7pm.

 


This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.

 

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


September 2, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Knowmad Digital Marketing: A Partner for Inbound Marketing

Internet marketing continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Having a website is the cost of entry to doing business today. If you aren’t finding ways to reach your customers and prospects where they are online, then your competitors will. At our next meeting, William McKee, a partner in Knowmad Digital Marketing, will share findings from their annual State of Internet Marketing report, examples of their work and steps you can take to create more sales leads from your marketing efforts.  
 
William founded Knowmad in order to pursue his passion of helping clients to more effectively use the web and digital technologies. An advocate of the belief that technology is a powerful tool that can enhance our lives, he has found it requires thoughtful application in order to realize this potential.
 
With a liberal arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, William has combined his studies with an enthusiasm for technology to teach himself the skills of the trade. He thrives in complex situations that require unraveling complex processes, data and algorithms in order to find new insights and produce clarity. This process starts with creating a human connection to understand the impact of the technical issues, then coming up with a strategy and tactical plan to implement the chosen approach.
 
Outside of work, William McKee enjoys activities that stretch his mind, body and spirit and has an active yoga practice and is often found hiking and traveling around the globe. 
 


September 16, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Ronnie Bryant: CEO Charlotte Regional Partnership

Ronnie Bryant leads the team that promotes the 16-county Charlotte USA region throughout the world as a premier location for businesses considering expansion or relocation. Additionally, he works closely with Partnership investors who provide the funding necessary to bring jobs and capital to the region. As a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Board and other professional and civic organizations, Bryant ensures that the region plays a prominent role regionally and nationally.

Bryant has more than 20 years of technical, managerial and economic development expertise, and a proven track record of establishing and implementing successful economic development programs. He specializes in existing industry expansion and retention, with a strong emphasis on regionalism and marketing.
 
A certified economic developer (CEcD) since 1991, Bryant is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman where he currently serves as dean.
 


October 2, 2015 , 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
MBC Lunch Social at Belle Acres

Please join us for a casual lunch social at Belle Acres Golf and Country Club 3033 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209 on Friday October 2nd. 
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.

Please RSVP by Thursday 10/1. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com

 


October 7, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Richard Sterling, Merrill Lynch

 
At this meeting, Richard Sterling will speak on the evolving nature of financial services industry and how we have to adapt to add value.
 
Richard Sterling is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch with a bit of a different career path.  He has a degree in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from UNC Charlotte.  In getting his MBA, Richard was part of the Student Management Investment Fund. He believes that regardless of the career path, personal and professional satisfaction comes from being a help to others.
 
When not helping others professionally, Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and stepson, seeing live concerts, trying to stay fit, challenging gravity to a dual,  backpacking, cooking, improving his photography skills, reading, and well, pretty much everything.  He’s that kind of guy.
 


October 21, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Offsite Meeting at Technocom

Technocom was established on the philosophy that raising industry standards would create a ‘Win, Win, Win’ situation. A higher standard of service ensures that our customers win. A positive working environment ensures that our employees win. And, with happy clients and experienced, motivated employees, our company wins.
 
This meeting will take place at the Technocom Facility: 3330 Monroe Rd Charlotte, NC 28205 where Jim Riggins will give a tour of the facility as well as a presentation on how the company has evolved from the Copy/Print/Fax business it had once been exclusively known for.
 


October 28, 2015 , 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour at Marc Mataya's Home

Marc Mataya has graciously volunteered to host this month's Happy Hour at his home.
 
This is another great opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting. 
 
Please RSVP for this event and contact Marc if you have any questions or concerns with attending this event. 
 
2215 Hassell Place Charlotte, NC 28209

For Google Map Directions click here.


November 4, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw

Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw brings to Providence Day more than 30 years of
education experience. Prior to joining PDS in 2011, he had served as
headmaster, teacher and coach at Pinewood Preparatory School, an
independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school in
Summerville, S.C.

During his tenure, he initiated and implemented a kindergarten through
12th grade curriculum, guided the school to its inaugural Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation, doubled enrollment,
supervised the construction of a campus consisting of one construction
project per year, and developed and fostered a culture of giving via
annual and capital funds and endowment.

Dr. Cowlishaw began his teaching career in 1980 in the United Kingdom.
He taught in high school and middle school and lectured in a college
prior to entering the world of international education in 1986 with a
teaching position in Kuwait. He taught kindergarten through 12th grade
before taking a school administration role in 1988. He served as a
high school principal in Cairo, Egypt from 1991 to 1995, before taking
a graduate assistant position at the University of Bath.

In 2005, Dr. Cowlishaw received the Dr. Charles Aimar Educational
Leadership Award.

Dr. Cowlishaw earned his B.Ed. from the University of Reading (UK),
his M.Ed. from the University of Leeds (UK), his Ed.S. from The
Citadel (S.C.) and his Ed.D. from South Carolina State University.

He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Klingenstein Center at
Columbia University (N.Y.).


November 18, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
John Cantrell Speaks: Risk, Retirement, Accumulation of Wealth.

What are the things that you need to think about to achieve the long-term goal of Financial freedom?
How do you prevent the deal killers?
These and other questions will be addressed in John's talk at the next MBC meeting.
John joined H.B. Cantrell & Co. in 1992 after graduating from East Carolina University with a Finance Degree. John has learned the agency business from the ground up, beginning with personal lines, life, health, disability and commercial insurance. In 1995 he completed the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.


November 19, 2015 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour at Harry's Grill and Tavern

We will be meeting on Thursday November 19th at Harry's Grill and Tavern- 2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Ste 103 from 5-7pm.

Gene Bodycott has graciously offered to pay for lunch and you will be on your own for any alcoholic beverages. This is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Bill Linger- bill@drlinger.com


December 2, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Debby Millhouse on Goal setting for 2016 – Set up for a big year!

Please join us for the next meeting where our very own Debby Millhouse will be speaking about Goal Setting for 2016.

Goal setting for 2016 – Set up for a big year!
Thought questions to gear up for tomorrows presentation:
·         What are you most excited about right now and why?
·         What are you most grateful for right now?
·         What are you top 3 biggest frustrations and the ideal results or solutions?
·         What habits are giving you the most confidence?
·         What activities give you the most energy?
·         Evaluate your time…how much time do you take off, focus on revenue, set up or clean up?

 

 

Debby Millhouse is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of CEO Inc. She has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times, inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, and given the Women in Business Achievement Award winner by the Charlotte Business Journal.

She is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) as designated by the American Staffing Association, Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) as designated by the National Association of Personnel Services. Her vast experience includes executive management, sales/marketing, human resources, engineering, accounting technology and administrative/office support functions.

Ms. Millhouse’s reputation as a savvy and highly ethical business woman resulted in CEO Inc. being honored with the Charlotte Ethics in Business Award, Charlotte Best Places to Work Award, and recognized as one of the top 50 diversity-owned businesses in the state of North Carolina.


December 10, 2015 , 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MBC Holiday Party at Greg Davis' Home

You and your guest are cordially invited to attend the
2015 Annual MBC Holiday Party
 
This annual event is the ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow members and their families in a more intimate setting.  Join us at MBC Member, Greg Davis' home while enjoying cocktails and an amazing catered buffet by Best Impressions.  Dress is business casual.  If you are a new member, you definitely don't want to miss this event!
 
Thursday, December 10th, 2015
6:00pm-10:30pm
 
Where: Greg Davis' Home at 1805 Mecklenburg Avenue.
For Google Map Directions click here.


December 16, 2015 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Champagne Breakfast

We hope to see everyone for our Annual Champagne Breakfast on Wednesday December 16th. At this meeting we will have a deluxe breakfast catered by Byron’s with Champagne and Orange Juice.  It has been a tremendous year of accomplishments, great membership and wonderful connections. We will be toasting the New Year, giving recognition to those who have served as our MBC Board Members  and we will also be announcing and welcoming the new MBC Board for 2016. This event is a great opportunity to give recognition where it is due and also preview upcoming events at MBC.


January 6, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Campbell- Boxman Studios

It all started back in 2008 during America’s real estate downturn, when founder, David Campbell, had the notion to use shipping containers as a form of temporary and mobile real estate. A few months later, in a field in Charlotte, NC, Boxman Studios bought a decommissioned container with the dream of becoming the first company in the world to specialize in the design, manufacture, and deployment of customized shipping containers for commercial use. And do it totally turnkey. It was clear from the outset that the concept of creating cool and sustainable environments out of shipping containers was going to be big. Really big.
Since then, Boxman Studios modified shipping containers for use as everything from traveling immersion experiences to interactive villages.


January 20, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Pete Marriott

Pete grew up on Lake Norman after his parents moved to the area from New Jersey.  Pete attended Campbell University where he received a BBA and MBA with a focus on Trust Management and  Financial Planning. 
 
Pete has dedicated his career to partnering with employers to help their employees be able to retire with dignity.  Pete brings vast knowledge and background to help them understand their plan from different aspects.  He learned early that the good deeds of others help you more that you can do by yourself and he brings this attitude to all employee meetings.  He has represented a bank’s employee benefit department, been a financial advisor who build his business around qualified plans, a Third Party Administrator (TPA) were he received administration background to assist with proper plan design, and has worked with two different national retirement plan providers in client development.
 
Pete is committed to continuing education and has earned his Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation in 2005 and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®) in 2008 which represents a thorough knowledge of and ability to apply the fiduciary practices and recommend implementation techniques that can be executed into well-structured, company-appropriate retirement programs.
 
Pete and is wife, Jessica live in Charlotte and are members of Uptown Church.  They enjoy traveling with their dog, Macy, to the beaches of South Carolina and the mountains of North Carolina.  Pete is involved with The Charlotte Benefits Forum, Metrolina Business Council, and Lake Norman Yacht Club where he grew up as a junior sailor and today an active sailboat racer.  He has sailed across the Gulf Stream to the Abaco’s on a 31 foot sailboat several times.  He currently serves on the boards of the Lake Norman Yacht Club and Lake Norman Keelboat Council. 
 
Pete is a published author of the book “Navigating The Best Attributes Of A Successful Employee Retirement Program.”
 
 


February 3, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Alec Hoffman

Alec Hoffman is the sales manager of individual and small group markets. He has been in this position for about 2 years and with BCBSNC for almost 6 years. Before his current position, he was a health care reform advisor for BCBSNC travelling the state assisting members and non members understand how ACA would affect them and before that he was an Individual sales rep.
Previous to BCBSNC, Alec worked for a small advanced materials company that is based out Houston. His focus was marketing and outreach.
 
Alec studied studied Environmental Sciences at UNC Charlotte and has been in the Triangle for 10-11 years.
 


February 11, 2016 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour: Craft Growler Shop

We will be meeting on Thursday, February 11th from 5-7 at

Craft Growler Shop 

1320 S Church St suite #100
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 207-3716
http://craftgrowlershop.com/

This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com

 

 


February 17, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Stacey Randall

~~Stacey Brown Randall has one focus in life. 

To help business owners avoid business failure.

She knows – she’s been there, done that and got the t-shirt.

What Stacey learned when her first business failed – and through years of watching successful business owners - is now what is making all the difference with her current business’ success.  And she is sharing all of her secrets. 

Her online programs and live coaching provide a blueprint to follow to take control of your business by increasing sales through “sticky” clients and creating a strategy to unleash a referral explosion in your business.

Stacey is a business growth accelerator…with a focus on helping solo-preneurs, micro-small business owners and people on commission make more money and find more time.  

Stacey is a three-time entrepreneur, certified productivity and time efficiency coach, has a background in sales and marketing, is an adjunct professor, and an aspiring author.

Stacey received her Master’s in Organizational Communication and is married with two kids, a 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. She and her husband also welcomed the newest member to their family as they have the privilege of raising their 8-year-old nephew. 

 


March 2, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Ronald Townsend- Foundation for the Carolinas

Ronald P. Townsend, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, served in the United States Navy for 31 years.  He was commissioned in September 1982, designated a Naval Aviator in 1984, and attained the rank of Captain in 2004.  He retired from active duty service in 2013. 

Ron was a carrier-based combat strike-fighter pilot for the majority of his Navy career.  As sea, he completed four operational flying tours in A-6E Intruder and FA-18 Hornet squadrons, comprising six deployments on four different aircraft carriers.  He commanded Strike-Fighter Squadron 22 from May 2000 to September 2001.  Other operational tours included assignments as Navigator, USS ENTERPRISE, and as Operations Officer, Strike Force Training Atlantic.

Ashore, from September 2005 to September 2008, Ron commanded Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, the Navy’s master jet base for its west coast Hornet fleet of 300 aircraft.  In that capacity, he supported 15 squadrons and 20,000 personnel, directing a 400-person staff, executing $830M in budgetary authority, and managing $12 billion dollars of infrastructure.  Other shore assignments included a tour as an Experimental Test Pilot at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, and a tour at the United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, as Chief of the Network Operations Branch. 

In his final tour, Ron was privileged to shape and execute U.S. policy and engagement in Chile, an important regional partner, as the most senior U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) diplomat in country, working directly for the Ambassador in the U.S. Embassy in Santiago as the U.S. Defense and Naval Attaché from June 2010 to June 2013.

Ron returned to Charlotte following his retirement in late 2013 and is currently Vice President and Director, Client Services, for Foundation For The Carolinas, a nonprofit community foundation.

Ron has been married for more than 34 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Renee Latour, also of Charlotte, North Carolina.  They have two children, Steven, an architect in New York City, and Jessica, a speech therapist in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

 


March 10, 2016 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour: Craft Growler Shop

We will be meeting on Thursday, March 10th from 5-7 at
Craft Growler Shop
1320 S Church St suite #100
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 207-3716
http://craftgrowlershop.com/
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com
 


March 16, 2016 , 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Mike Knight

In my career as a salesman, sales trainer, and business development expert, I have had the incredible opportunity to work in and assist others in many different business venues.  I am fortunate enough to have found an incredible opportunity that allows me to utilize my past business skills. 
 
I have founded Owl Remodeling along with my good friend and we specifically named our company Owl Remodeling in honor of our local charity: Carolina Raptor Center and began giving back to the CRC.   We specialize in Roof Replacements, Roof Repairs, Windows, Siding and Radiant Barrier Systems.  We bring consistent quality and attention to detail, whether it is a multi-million dollar Townhome Complex or repairing a small leak in your home roofing system.
 
Along my way, I've always been pro-active in taking care of myself: physically and mentally and that led me to make dietary changes which eventually led to going to a Vegan aka Plant Based Diet in 2011.  I was not your "typical vegan" as most people described me and that actually helped me give information to others on being Vegan and then after seeing the need to provide information to others, I created: Www.VeganTourGuide.com to be a great source.


April 6, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Ged Doughton

Ged Doughton is a 1979 graduate of the University of North Carolina. From 1976-1979 he played for coach Dean Smith. During those years the Tar Heels finished first in the regular season each season, won 2 ACC tournaments and also played in the national championship in 1977. Ged finished his career as a valuable reserve, part-time starter and captain of the team.

For the past 37 years, Ged has worked in the financial world building relationships with individuals and corporations. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Major Gifts at UNC Charlotte.

Married with 3 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren, Ged will share reflections on life and business lessons learned from Coach Smith

 

 


April 14, 2016 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour at Brazwells

We will be meeting on Thursday April 14th at Brazwells 1627 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209

This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com
 


April 20, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Michelle Hamilton

 
Michelle Hamilton will be speaking to MBC on the subject of Music in our Community:  The impact of music and the arts on us as individuals and as business people.

For 25 years Michelle Hamilton has worked as a development officer experiencing success in annual fund strategies, endowment campaigns, special events, marketing & PR, and volunteer management. Michelle has spent most of her career in arts organizations including: the Houston Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Today, Michelle is Vice President of Development for the Charlotte Symphony, where she oversees the orchestra’s efforts in individual giving, major gifts, corporate & foundation giving, representing more than $5 million in contributed income annually.  Prior to joining the Charlotte Symphony, Michelle served as Chief Advancement Officer for Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte, an agency working to prevent homelessness and preserve dignity for Mecklenburg County individuals and families facing financial crisis. 
Michelle is immediate past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Charlotte Chapter. Michelle is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, serves on the Committee on Directorship for AFP International and is an active volunteer at Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Philanthropic Leadership, Providence Day School and St. Gabriel Catholic Church.   
Michelle has presented on an array of topics at local, statewide and international meetings and conferences.  She is an accomplished facilitator, having led board retreats and orientations for a non-profit boards in Fort Worth and Charlotte.
In 2013, Michelle was recognized by AFP Charlotte as Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive.  She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Louisiana.  Michelle is married and the mother of one son.


May 4, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Charles O’Dell – Addiction in the workplace

This presentation will describe alcoholism and addiction and discuss their effects on our community in terms of consequences and costs. Workplace problems associated with impaired employees will be examined. Solutions will be discussed with an emphasis on helping employees while saving employers money.
 
 
Charles Odell has worked in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction treatment since 1983. Mr. Odell is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dilworth Center where he has worked since 1995. The Dilworth Center is a private, non-profit organization providing intensive outpatient, alcoholism and addiction treatment programs for adults, young adults and adolescents. The Dilworth Center also provides individualized programs for pilots, dentists, nurses and lawyers.
 
Mr. Odell received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Mr. Odell serves on the Advisory Board of the Jonnie McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse at UNC-Charlotte and is also an Adjunct Instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is married to Sydney, and they have two sons, Alex and Andy.


May 12, 2016 , 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour at Workman's Friend

We will be meeting on Thursday May, 12th  at Workman's Friend  1531 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com
 


May 18, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Erdman: The Ten Commandments of Marriage

MBC's own David Erdman will be speaking about “The Ten Commandments of Marriage” which is a PowerPoint show sharing lessons he has learned as a lawyer dealing with divorces. Spouses are welcome to attend this presentation! Please send an email to isra@technicallyinspired.com if you plan on bringing your spouse. 
 
About David:
David Erdman was born on the Fourth of July at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 
He grew up in Bridgeton, North Carolina near New Bern. 
He attended Duke University on an Angier B. Duke Scholarship 
and was the first graduate of Duke’s Biomedical Engineering program. He 
is now a member of the Board of Visitors for the Duke Engineering School. 
He went to Georgetown University Law School where he was elected National President 
of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. 
In 1973, he worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate “Watergate” investigation. 
David moved to Charlotte in 1976. He heads the law firm of Erdman and Hockfield LLP. 
David has been recognized eight times including 2016 by 
Business North Carolina Magazine as one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” 
in the field of Family Law. 
Business Leader Magazine named David one of Charlotte’s 50 Top Entrepreneurs 
because of his innovative uses of technology in the practice of law. 
In 2011 North Carolina Lawyers Weekly newspaper named him one of the state’s 25 
 “Leaders in the Law”. 
In 1999, David was unanimously appointed to the Charlotte City Council to fill an 
At-large seat. 
David is a member of the Historic Landmarks Commission of Mecklenburg County. 
He is a frequent lecturer, having delivered over 200 presentations about 
the History, Geography and Future of Charlotte to audiences totaling over 12,000 people. 
He is a frequent media commentator on Charlotte history. 
David is married to Lynn Erdman, CEO of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & 
Neonatal Nurses. One of their daughters is a nurse in Greenville, SC, and the other is a teacher 
in New York City.


June 1, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Scott Nowukunski - MBC Member

Scott grew up as a chess-playing Legomaniac with just enough ADD to keep things interesting. He was that 9-year old kid that played chess for an entire summer and  conquered Legos before they were pre-defined sets based on movie themes. 
 
Oddly enough that translated into becoming President of the family printing business. As President, Scott has been able to satisfy his need to build things by initiating and negotiating three commercial printing acquisitions and leading the charge on starting a fourth, the customer engagement platform Beanstalk Data.  
 
After a successful exit from Beanstalk Data in February of 2016 (acquired by Heartland Payment Systems) it was time to take everything learned over the years and apply it towards creating a new adventure - Epio Data.  
 
Scoreboard now reads - Four companies purchased, Two companies started from scratch and one successful exit.
 
Scott has been married to Kelly Nowokunski for 19 years and has three boys - Jake (17), Adam(15) and Cody (12)
 
 
He will be discussing his journey with Beanstalk Data - Everything from why they started it to why they sold the company 8 years later and what's next.


June 9, 2016 , 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour: Treehouse Whiskey and Fork

We will be meeting on Thursday June 9th at Treehouse Whiskey and Fork at 4423 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com
 


June 15, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Sue Compitello – Nutrition and Wellness

Sue Compitello is a certified nutritionist who has been in the health and wellness field for over 24 years, owning and operating health clubs for 17 years of those.  She is also a nutritional health educator with Total Nutrition Technology working with individuals along with corporate wellness in the Charlotte and surrounding areas.  Diets do not work, or we would all be thin.  Sue educates individuals based on their lean body mass and metabolic rate, how to fuel muscle so that they lose body fat weight and inches that are maintainable.  Sue will explain all the "wrong information" that is out there and teach you why it's never too late to start to get better with age.  Prevention and fuel!  Nutrition is 80% of it!"
 
 
PRESENTATION WILL COVER:
 
* What you and your employees need to FUEL and FOCUS daily
* Why diets do not work and all the "myths"
* Why you need protein, carbs and fats (we all burn each differently)
* Why stress causes weight gain
* How to revive your metabolism and get better with age
 


July 20, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
JC Mahoney – MBC Member

JC Mahoney is a native Charlottean, a second generation Charlotte Realtor® and a lifelong resident of the Myers Park, Dilworth, and SouthPark communities. JC graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history. Prior to starting a career in real estate at Dickens Mitchener, JC launched four successful startup businesses in the diverse industries of apparel, food service, technology and health care.  He is married to Janelle and has 3 boys age 11-15.
 
JC will be discussing 
Brief entrepreneurial history
Firm info
Charlotte growth statistics
Charlotte Real Estate market information.
Buyer and Seller information.
 


August 3, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Mitchell Kearney MBC Member

Mitchell Kearney celebrates his twenty fifth year in MBC with a presentation of his "Greatest Hits" as a Commercial Advertising Photographer & Fine Art Image Maker. Mitchell will share in words and pictures how he and his partner Connie chose to move to Charlotte from NYC, with stories about his most insightful portraits,  the architectural projects he is best known for, and the miracle in every moment.  


August 11, 2016 , 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour: Brazwells on Montford

We will be meeting on Thursday August 11th at Brazwells at 5pm 1627 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209

This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com
 


August 17, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Offsite at Sonitrol Hosted by Wylie Fox

This week's event will take place at the Sonitrol Office at 815 Wood Ridge Center Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217
Sonitrol Security is a full service electronic security firm providing products and services in Burglary, Fire, Access Control and Camera surveillance.  Sonitrol will not only install and service the products we sell but more importantly monitor these systems through our own UL approved Central Station monitoring center located in Charlotte.  We are one of 90 franchisees of the Sonitrol Corporation, also a part of the Stanley Black and Decker company, serving markets throughout North America and Europe.  Being a franchisee within a larger organization provides us with a vast level of product and technical support allowing Sonitrol to remain current with the many technological advances within our industry.  Our franchise operates out of two offices in Charlotte and Greenville, SC and serves primarily the commercial and industrial markets located throughout NC and Upstate SC.
 
Topic to Discuss briefly
 
The changing technological advances in the communication industry (telephone, internet, voice over IP) and the affect this is having in detecting and verifying criminal and life safety related activities.  We will also take those interested on a tour through the Central Station.
 
 


September 7, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Stollmack: Tecknos

Any Charlotte audio/video enthusiast around in the late 1980’s to 2001 fondly recalls Audio Video Systems, the premier A/V store of that time. It was founded and operated by David Stollmack, who grew it into one of the largest and most respected consumer electronics businesses in the nation.

He believes that the highest level of service starts with helping you make the best decisions about the TV / Audio Video Equipment that you need. It’s his goal to make certain that his products are easy to use and complement your home and lifestyle. 

David founded Tecknos after he saw the need for something better than big box stores. He understands that audio visual systems installed properly and – cleverly applied – can make home entertainment better than most people have ever imagined. 

 

David graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and for the last ten years has been on the board for the  Professional Audio/Video Retailers Association. 

 

At this meeting David’s topic will be:

 

“YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND TECHNOLOGY”

He will ask the following questions:

 

1. How many of you have three or more remote controls sitting on your coffee

 

table? Can everyone in your home (including baby sitters, grandparents,

 

etc.) easily operate your TV and other electronics?

 

2. Have you thought about “cutting the cord” and do you know the pros and

 

cons?

 

3. Does your Wi-Fi allow you to effectively access the Internet from all your

 

main areas in your home? Are your Wi-Fi and all wiring good enough to

 

handle your current and future needs?

 

4. Would you like to be able to entertain outside with music you could operate

 

from your smart device?

 

5. What do you need to know to make a good choice when buying your next TV?

 

6. How can you use new technology wireless speakers and your smart device to hear music from any room in your home?


September 15, 2016 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Reminder: Happy Hour at Brazwells

We will be meeting on Thursday September 15th at Brazwells at 5pm 1627 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209

This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com
 


September 16, 2016 , 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch at Belle Acres on Sept. 16th

We will be meeting at Belle Acres at 12:00pm for a Social Lunch at 3033 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209 
 
This event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC social budget but is the perfect opportunity to get together outside of the breakfast meeting setting.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Marcus Schuster - drs@schusterchiro.com
 


September 21, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Lyn Douthett - Small Business Association

Lynn Douthett was appointed District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's North Carolina District Office in June 2010. She oversees a staff of 15 employees and the delivery of agency programs such as financial assistance, management counseling and business development throughout the state of North Carolina, including two alternate worksite areas (Asheville and Wilmington).
 
Lynn joined SBA in 1997. She managed the SBA's National Call Center in Charlotte, NC and moved to Florida as the Assistant District Director for Marketing and Outreach. Shortly after returning to North Carolina in 2003, she was named Deputy District Director.
 
Prior to joining SBA, Lynn worked for 15 years in the banking industry as a regional manager with several banks completing her career with Branch Banking and Trust. As a small business owner she established and marketed the company, Unfauxgettable in Charlotte, NC.  The business provided specialty-painting services for commercial and residential clients.
 
Lynn is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has pursued  graduate studies in finance at Fairfield University in Connecticut and at Queens University in North Carolina.
 


October 5, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Sheriff Irwin Carmichael

Sheriff Irwin Carmichael was raised on a dairy farm in the rural Mecklenburg County neighborhood of Long Creek. Married to his wife Ronda in 1991, he is a proud husband and father. As a family business owner, community leader and friend to many, he had a lifetime of preparation to ultimately become Sheriff of Mecklenburg County.

At the early age of 10, Carmichael recognized the importance of understanding safety and respect for others. His dream as a youth was to become a sheriff’s deputy, fireman AND karate master and with determination, he would set his life-long pursuit of these dreams into action. Still a young man, he decided to begin karate lessons and through hard work, practice and training, displayed the skills necessary to earn his first Black Belt in less than four years. Later, he achieved a master level, ninth degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate. Carmichael would go on to put his knowledge, love, and expertise for karate into building the family owned business known today as Martial Arts Training Institute (M.A.T.I.). The business has since grown to eight Charlotte regional locations. 

In 1986, Carmichael joined both the Charlotte Fire Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. He would earn the rank of Engineer at CFD while working his way to Captain at MCSO, prior to becoming elected Sheriff. Through the integration of knowledge in human behavior, skills in the martial arts, ability to strategically plan and grow a business to meet consumer needs, as well as his unique expertise in law enforcement and public safety, Carmichael developed many personal safety, awareness and crime prevention programs.

As a Deputy Sheriff, Carmichael presented these programs to schools, organizations, businesses, and groups nationally. In an attempt to further educate the public on crime prevention and self-defense, he wrote the book, “Women’s Awareness Response”, and produced a child safety and abduction video entitled "Kid's Awareness Response".

Through his crime prevention programs, Carmichael proved his ability to gather and analyze the information needed from various segments of a community which include criminals, community leaders, families, friends and acquaintances. Using this information, he successfully developed programs to help prevent future crimes and empower people in our community with the tools and skills needed to help themselves as well as others. He is a member of the American Jail Association (AJA) and American Correctional Association (ACA), among a number of other Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice organizations.

As a highly respected North Carolina Certified Instructor, Carmichael has taught defensive tactics and ground fighting techniques at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Academy, as well as other law enforcement agencies, including the North Carolina Justice Academy and the North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center. With news of his unique expertise and success reaching international departments, he has instructed the Australian Federal Police Department, as well.

Carmichael’s personality, knowledge and devotion to his community has made it possible to impact almost every segment of our society through children’s karate classes, women’s self-defense classes, community and organization crime prevention classes and law enforcement ground fighting seminars.

Now, as Sheriff of Mecklenburg County, Carmichael successfully implements the tools learned through life experiences, in an effort to continually advance the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office while serving to help keep the community safe.


October 19, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Heidi Drummond

J.Hilburn is the world’s fastest-growing luxury menswear brand in the country, offering high quality custom and ready to wear apparel and accessories. Our garments are made from the finest Italian fabrics and hand-constructed for every customer.
 
She will share what J Hilburn is all about and include wardrobe tips and suggestions,
 
About Heidi Drummond:
She has lived in Charlotte for 25 years, she moved here from New England in 1991.
She began her career as a wardrobe stylist for J Hilburn 4 years ago.
 
Here is what Heidi has to say about what she does at J. Hilburn:
 
I help men take their wardrobes to the next level and save them time & money.
I help men express their PERSONAL STYLE, CHARACTER and CLASS. Every man deserves his own personal stylist. I appreciate that 'fit' is more than a size and that a man is more than his measurements. STYLE MEANS NOTHING UNLESS IT'S PERSONAL. 
I do 2 things as a J Hilburn Personal Stylist – I build a Loyal Client base and I teach others to do the same. I’m looking for Leaders throughout the US to become J.Hilburn Personal Stylists.
CUSTOM FIT ~ ITALIAN FABRICS ~ EXCEPTIONAL VALUE
We offer Custom Luxury Menswear without breaking the bank. If you like quality clothes but not the price or inconvenience of shopping, let's talk. 

Your style is your signature. It tells the world who you are and how you live your life.? J.Hilburn has been featured in GQ, Esquire, Men's Journal, and INC magazine.
 
 


October 27, 2016 , 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MBC Social at Carolina Sporting Arms

Please RSVP if you would like to attend this event. The MBC Board will cover the cost of this event excluding ammo. Marcus Schuster has additional details regarding this event. 704-654-7177
October 27 2-4PM
 
Estimated attendance @ 15
 
·         Up to 7 gun rentals – but, you can bring your own (BYOG?)
·         Full Auto rental
·         Eye and ear protection
·         Classroom
·         Targets (5 per shooter)
·         Safety officer
 
Location:
Carolina Sporting Arms
8055 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273


November 2, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Offisite at Carolina Office Solutions

At this meeting we will hear from Craig Dunn and receive a tour at Carolina Offiice Solutions. The meeting will be held onsite at 1301 Westinghouse Blvd #A, Charlotte, NC 28273 
Craig is the managing partner and co-founder of Carolina Office Solutions, a company that liquidates, warehouses, and re-sells used office furniture. They have enabled our client base to make sensible, logical, and cost effective decisions on their office furniture (new and used). You won't want to miss this meeting. 

 


November 16, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Ann Clausen

Ann Clausen will provide an update on Federal and NC tax laws and a discussion on what is possibly coming in the future.
 
S. ANN CLAUSEN, CPA CGMA
 
Over thirty- five years ago, Ann decided she wanted to be a CPA and help business owners reach their goals whether it was to grow their businesses, protect their assets or eventually retire. As a result, her business and tax experience is now extensive and includes professional service firms, manufacturing, retail, real estate, restaurants, and construction as well as high wealth tax planning for business owners. Her experience also includes extensive tax preparation and planning services in combination with business consulting. She works with business owners to utilize the federal and state tax laws to reduce their tax liabilities with techniques such as cost segregation studies and like-kind exchanges. Ann also represents her clients to settle federal and state tax issues. As a member of the community, Ann is involved in local organizations such as Women Executives, Metrolina Business Council as Treasure for 6 years, Go Red for Women, NCACPA local board, and various charitable organizations. She also is frequently a guest speaker on tax issues for local and national organizations.
Ann graduated with honors from Averett University, located in Danville, VA, obtaining a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She then attended Radford University’s Graduate School of Business and Economics in Radford, VA. Ann holds her CPA certification in North Carolina and the AICPA certification CGMA.


December 7, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Bill Conklin

 
 
Bill finished his courses at Palm Beach State College in Dental Technology in 1989 and then moved to Charlotte. Bill worked in three different dental labs before launching Sunbelt Dental Lab. In 2015 Bill re-launched as Dental Technology 21 to denote change in his laboratory's business model to reflect 21st century technological advancements.
 
Bill is a Certified Dental Technician, current member of the National Board for Certification, the National Association of Dental Laboratories, the North Carolina Dental Lab Association, and the Seattle Study Club. He has also been a Key Opinion Leader for several dental manufacturers over the past 15 years. His laboratory specializes in fixed dental restorations with an emphasis on Implant borne prosthetics.
Bill has been married for 11 years to his wife Terrell and they have two children, Abbey (20) and Jeramiah (6)
 
Topic: Transition from the analog world of Dentistry to Digital Dental Technology
 


December 8, 2016 , 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MBC Annual Holiday Party

You and your guest are cordially invited to attend the
2016 Annual MBC Holiday Party
 
This annual event is the ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow members and their families in a more intimate setting.  Join us at MBC Member, Greg Davis' home while enjoying cocktails and an amazing catered buffet by Best Impressions.  Dress is business casual.  If you are a new member, you definitely don't want to miss this event!
 
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
6:00pm-10:30pm
 
Where: Greg Davis' Home at 1805 Mecklenburg Avenue.
For Google Map Directions click here.


December 21, 2016 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Annual Champagne Breakfast

We hope to see everyone for our Annual Champagne Breakfast on Wednesday December 21st. At this meeting we will have a deluxe breakfast catered by Byron’s with Champagne and Orange Juice.  It has been a tremendous year of accomplishments, great membership and wonderful connections. We will be toasting the New Year, giving recognition to those who have served as our MBC Board Members  and we will also be announcing and welcoming the new MBC Board for 2017. This event is a great opportunity to give recognition where it is due and also preview upcoming events at MBC.


January 4, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Goal Setting 2017

Debby Millhouse will lead us through setting up your vision and goals and make 2017 the best year yet.
She will sprinkle in a few things learned in 2016 and challenge the leaders to live fearlessly in 2017!
 
 

Debby Millhouse is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of CEO Inc. She has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times, inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, and given the Women in Business Achievement Award winner by the Charlotte Business Journal.

She is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) as designated by the American Staffing Association, Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) as designated by the National Association of Personnel Services. Her vast experience includes executive management, sales/marketing, human resources, engineering, accounting technology and administrative/office support functions.

Ms. Millhouse’s reputation as a savvy and highly ethical business woman resulted in CEO Inc. being honored with the Charlotte Ethics in Business Award, Charlotte Best Places to Work Award, and recognized as one of the top 50 diversity-owned businesses in the state of North Carolina.


January 12, 2017 , 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Happy Hour at Turnhouse Grille

Please join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, January 12 from 6pm-9pm. We will be meeting at 
The Turnhouse Griille
1600 E Woodlawn Road
Parktown Village Shopping Center
Located "street level" in the front of the complex, facing Woodlawn (if you're standing in front of Chick Fil A, it is 100 feet to your LEFT)
 
Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
 


January 18, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Offsite at Charlotte Rescue Mission

We are meeting at the men’s facility (Rebound) of CRM, located at 907 W. 1st Street, Clt NC 28202.  We are located right off Cedar Street, second building on the left.  Parking is available on the street or in our parking lot or between the second and third building.  There will be a parking sign out.  
 
We will meet and have the breakfast in our dining hall.  There will be a receptionist in the lobby to direct all guests. 
 
Charlotte Rescue Mission is a 120 day residential Christian substance abuse recovery program for men and women.  It is open to anyone over 18 years old.
  • Privately funded with 70% of contributions from individuals.
  •  Raised $6.3M in 2016. 
  • 132 beds for men and 120 beds for women and children. 
Come see how you can become involved in CRM.  Bring men’s clothing:  gently used shirts, pants, shoes, suits, jackets, New underwear, socks.  School supplies – pens, pencils, notebook paper, binders, high lighters


February 1, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Jeffrey Gitomer

 
We hope every one of you will attend Jeffrey Gitomer's presentation on Feb 1st entitled: What's Now, What's New, and What's Next. 
 
He is celebrating his 25th year with MBC and this is a presentation you won't want to miss. 
 
We encourage you to bring a co-worker in your salesforce who would benefit from this presentation. If you are bringing a guest, please email me. 
 
Here's Jeffrey's promo! See you Wednesday!


February 9, 2017 , 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Happy Hour at "Playhouse"

Join us this Thursday, February 9th for Bowling, drinks and fun, starting at 6:00.  We are all going to go have fun in Ayrsley at Gene Bodycott's "Playhouse" at the Piedmont Social House.  
Piedmont Social House
2135 -C Ayrsley Town Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC socials, this event is pay as you go. For more information contact Mike Knight 704-299-5635 or mike@owlroofing.com
 See you then! 
 


February 15, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Richard Sterling

Richard Sterling joined Merrill Lynch in 2014. As a Financial Advisor, Richard delivers the capabilities of the vast resources of Merrill Lynch to help his clients and their families achieve their financial goals at every stage of life. At Merrill Lynch he focuses on helping individuals, businesses and families by providing long-term investment and financial advisory strategies.

Richard’s goal is to simplify what many people find to be a complicated and emotional yet vitally essential part of their life - their finances. He uses a defined process to help them achieve their financial goals. First, he strives to understand what is important to them in their lives (and why) and from that he helps them create and prioritize their financial goals. Next, he conducts a thorough assessment of their financial situation and also acknowledges their perspectives towards investing. After that, he creates a customized plan that is clearly explained and once implemented he helps clients periodically monitor and adjust their portfolios. Richard endeavors to differentiate himself with products, accountability and outstanding service to clients and their families.

Richard graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Pharmacy and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When not assisting clients, Richard enjoys spending time with his family in Charlotte, keeping fit and improving his photography skills. 


March 1, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sean O'Donnell

Sean officially joined the LNCS staff in November 2012. He has worked extensively with the youth and adult sailing programs as a volunteer over the prior three years. He sailed single-handed Lasers on the US Naval Academy's Intercollegiate Sailing Team and has become a competitive Flying Scot sailor here on Lake Norman.

Sean and his wife, Abby, live nearby in Cornelius. Abby is a Labor and Delivery Nurse at CMC University and in the Navy Reserves. They have three kids. Hogan and Sully are competitive sailors. Riley is not a sailor...yet.

Sean's prior background is in financial services, with 10 years before that in the Navy as a P-3 pilot. Sean and Abby moved down to Cornelius from Annapolis, MD in late 2007 to be closer to Abby's parents, who live nearby in Elkin.

 


March 2, 2017 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Social at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe

Join us Thursday, March 2nd for a wine tasting, hosted by Josh Villapando, starting at 5:00.  We are all going to go have fun at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, at the 7th Street Public Market.
 
Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
224 E 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC socials, this event is pay as you go. For more information contact Mike Knight 704-299-5635 or mike@owlroofing.com
See you then! 


March 10, 2017 , 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Belle Acres Lunch

Join us Friday, March 10th for lunch, starting at 11:45.  We are all going to go have fun at Belle Acres Club:
Belle Acres Golf & Country Club
3303 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 29209    
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC socials, this event is pay as you go. For more information contact Mike Knight 704-299-5635 or mike@owlroofing.com
See you then! 


March 15, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
David Erdman: Lessons Learned

 
David Erdman was born on the Fourth of July at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  He grew up in Bridgeton, North Carolina near New Bern. 

He attended Duke University on an Angier B. Duke Scholarship and was the first graduate of Duke’s Biomedical Engineering program. He  is now a member of the Board of Visitors for the Duke Engineering School. 

He went to Georgetown University Law School where he was elected National President  of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.  

In 1973, he worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate “Watergate” investigation.  

David moved to Charlotte in 1976.  He heads the law firm of Erdman and Hockfield LLP.  

David has been recognized nine times including 2017 by Business North Carolina Magazine as one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in the field of Family Law.  

Business Leader Magazine named David one of Charlotte’s 50 Top Entrepreneurs  citing his innovative uses of technology in the practice of law.  

In 2011 North Carolina Lawyers Weekly newspaper named him one of the state’s 25  “Leaders in the Law”.  

In 1999, David was unanimously appointed to the Charlotte City Council to fill an  At-large seat.  

David recently completed six years as a member of the Historic Landmarks Commission  of Mecklenburg County. He is a frequent lecturer, having delivered over 225 presentations about the History, Geography and Future of Charlotte to audiences totaling over 14,000 people. He is a frequent media commentator on Charlotte history.  

David is married to Lynn Erdman, CEO of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric &  Neonatal Nurses. One of their daughters is a nurse in Greenville, SC, and the other is a teacher in New York City.


March 30, 2017 , 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour at Turnhouse Grille

Please join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, March 30th from 6pm-9pm. We will be meeting at:
 
The Turnhouse Grille
1600 E Woodlawn Road
Parktown Village Shopping Center
 
Located "street level" in the front of the complex, facing Woodlawn (if you're standing in front of Chick Fil A, it is 100 feet to your LEFT)
 
Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 


April 5, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Ken Fleming

Ken Fleming built his career over two decades managing people, processes, and projects in large corporations.  He now owns a home care company.  Find out why he made this change, learn what home care is and the different options for your senior family members, and also hear about the successes and challenges he has experienced as a small business owner in his first year.


April 19, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Dave Pfleeger

Success demands a leader, willing to take prudent risks, apply doctrine and set the example.  You never know when a leadership challenge will appear so you must be ready today.  David will show how studying the art and science of leadership can prepare you for the challenge.  The presentation consists of two vignettes based on actual challenges.  What can we learn from these examples of military leadership that will help us succeed in business?


April 27, 2017 , 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Happy Hour at Sugar Creek Brewery

Please join us for Happy Hour this Thursday, April 27th from 6pm-9pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Sugar Creek Brewing Company
215 Southside Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 


May 3, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Elyse Dashew - Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board

Elyse Dashew, Vice-Chairperson of the CMS Board of Education and at-large member of the Board since 2015, has been an advocate for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for many years.
She will discuss the the leadership lessons learned and challenges faced while navigating difficult issues on the school board. 
 


May 11, 2017 , 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Golf Outing at Carolina Golf Club

Please RSVP if you would like to play golf at Carolina Golf Club on Thursday, May 11th at 11:00. This event will be "play your own ball". The cost is $75.00 and payment can be made at the clubhouse. 
 
The address is 2415 Old Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28208.
 
This event is limited to 8 people so please RSVP to John Cantrell if you will be in attendance, and if you have any questions regarding this event please contact John Cantrell - jc9000@gmail.com or call 704-905-9000.


May 17, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Elizabeth Outten - Government Relations for Novant Health

Elizabeth Outten joined Novant Health in 2014 as the Government Relations Manager, in Cary, NC, where her background as a Regional Liaison for the US Senate & as a Legislative Aid for Alaska Representative Bob Buch, as well as her experience as Grassroots Manager for the American Cancer Society, help her build relations amongst Novant, state and federal elected officials, community leaders, and business partners.
 
She holds a BA in Sociology and Economic Justice from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is involved in her community, volunteering for several organizations including the Junior League of Raleigh, SAFEchild NC, and Alliance Medical Ministry.


June 7, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Hyong Yi

Hyong Yi’s 100 Love Notes first launched on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina on November 21, 2015. To honor his wife, Catherine Zanga, on the one-year anniversary of her death from ovarian cancer, Hyong and his children gave strangers 100 handwritten love notes, notes that chronicled Hyong and Catherine’s life together.
 
NBC and ABC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and The Today Show covered the story as well as many other news sources. Yi realized that his notes had greater purpose, and he commissioned 17 artists to illustrate them


June 21, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
John Boyer - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

John Boyer is the President and CEO of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 2010. 


June 23, 2017 , 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Liberty Restaurant Lunch

We have changed our location to The Liberty Restaurant.
Join us Friday, June 23rd for lunch, starting at 11:30, at Liberty Restaurant. Please RSVP as soon as you can so we can get an accurate headcount.
 
The Liberty Restaurant
1812 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203    
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC socials, this event is pay as you go. For more information contact Mike Knight 704-299-5635 or mike@owlroofing.com
See you then! 


June 24, 2017 , 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
MBC Picnic at Lake Norman Yacht Club

Join us for a family picnic at Lake Norman Yacht Club on Saturday, June 24th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm!
 
Bring your boats, swim suits, towels and sunscreen
 
Grills will be fired up at 12:30
Hamburgers/Hot Dogs and all fixings
BYOB
Update: $5 per head - RSVP and pay Pete Marriott by June 21
 
Lake Norman Yacht Club 
297 Yacht Rd
Mooresville ,  NC   28117
When you enter the property turn to the Left to go to the Pavilion
 
If coming by water:
After Chanel Marker D-7 on the West side of the lake
Questions Pete Marriott 704-562-6720


July 19, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC Breakfast Networking Event

Come experience "Speed Networking" at its finest! As a member of MBC, we want you to know other members you might have only briefly interacted with, & this is the perfect chance to learn a little bit more about the people you see twice a month!
 
You will spend 10-15 minutes with each table group discussing your company - then rotate. In order to both receive and provide the best possible experience for everyone, please come with answers to the following questions about you and your company:
What does your company do?
Who is your target market (what do you consider an ideal client)?
What is a good referral to you?
What are your goals as a member of MBC?


August 2, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Josh Villapando

Joshua Villapando has been working in the fine food and wine industry for about 30 years!  He has a respected reputation among his customers and peers as he’s successfully managed several of Charlotte’s greatest mom-n-pop food establishments.  Common Market.  Reid's Fine Foods.  ilios(noche.  Pasta & Provisions.  He currently owns and operates uptown Charlotte's premier retail fine wine venue, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe.
 
“With wine and people I have two goals:  1.) demystify the wines so that one experiments without alienation, and 2.) stress the artistry, history, science, and passion of wine and food pairings.”  
 
 
IMPORTANT PARKING CHANGES:
Please note that beginning with this breakfast meeting, parking at Byron's South End will now be in the new Design Center Parking Deck, located adjacent to The Design Center, next to the Atrium
Building at the corner of Hawkins St. and Doggett St. (at 240 Doggett St.), behind Byron's.
Parking in the deck will be free of charge with ticket validation. Keep the ticket you receive upon entering the garage, and bring it with you into Byron's so staff can validate your ticket.
There is handicap parking in the deck, as well two handicap spaces out front free of charge, and pay-to-park handicap parking in the surface lot on Worthington Ave.
The surface lot where MBC has previously parked is now paid parking, and Byron's is unable to validate or reimburse for parking in that lot or other surface parking, so be sure to use the new deck.


August 16, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Andy Dinkin

Join us as Andy Dinkin presents an update on Charlotte's commercial real estate market.


August 17, 2017 , 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour at Brazwells on Montford

Please join us for Happy Hour Thursday, August 17th at 5pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Brazwells Pub Montford
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
See you then! 


August 25, 2017 , 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Lunch at Liberty Restaurant

Join us Friday, August 25th for lunch, starting at 11:30, at Liberty Restaurant. Please RSVP as soon as you can so we can get an accurate headcount.
 
The Liberty Restaurant
1812 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203    
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC socials, this event is pay as you go. For more information contact Mike Knight 704-299-5635 or mike@owlroofing.com
See you then! 


September 6, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
New Member Introductions

We will hear short introductions from a few of our newer members.


September 20, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith is a republican who is currently running in the 2017 election for Mayor, while also serving his second term on Charlotte City Council. He will speak about his experience in Charlotte politics, as a community leader, and as a commercial real estate broker.


September 21, 2017 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour at Brazwells on Montford

Please join us for Happy Hour Thursday, September 21st at 5pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Brazwells Pub Montford
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
See you then! 


September 22, 2017 , 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Lunch at Liberty Restaurant

Join us Friday, September 22nd for lunch, starting at 11:30, at Liberty Restaurant. Please RSVP as soon as you can so we can get an accurate headcount.
 
The Liberty Restaurant
1812 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203    
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC socials, this event is pay as you go. For more information contact Mike Knight 704-299-5635 or mike@owlroofing.com
See you then! 


October 4, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Bob Salvin

It Only Takes About 20 years To Become An Overnight Success: Here’s What I Wish I Knew Earlier In That Process
Bob Salvin will present a candid strategic look at growing a company from a small start up to a large branded company. Content will include identifying strategic opportunities, overcoming obstacles, and understanding how to compete with large companies in ways that they cannot compete with you.
 
Learning Objectives:
Attendees should be able to leave with 5 or 6 good ideas that they can apply to their companies immediately, along with clarity on a "bigger picture” potential direction for their company.


October 18, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Vi Lyles

Vi Lyles is a democrat who is running in the 2017 election for Mayor. She has been a Charlotte community leader & has worked for the City of Charlotte for almost 30 years, currently serving her second term on Charlotte City Council, as mayor pro tem. Vi Lyles also owns a consulting firm that provides a platform for government and nonprofit organisations to work together to create successful programs, policies, & procedures.


October 19, 2017 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Third Thursday Happy Hour at Brazwells on Montford

Please join us for Happy Hour Thursday, September 21st at 5pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Brazwells Pub Montford
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
See you then! 


October 27, 2017 , 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Fourth Friday Lunch at Liberty Restaurant

Join us Friday, September 22nd for lunch, starting at 11:30, at Liberty Restaurant. Please RSVP as soon as you can so we can get an accurate headcount.
 
The Liberty Restaurant
1812 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203    
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC socials, this event is pay as you go. For more information contact Mike Knight 704-299-5635 or mike@owlroofing.com
See you then! 


November 1, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Scott Hirsch

Scott Hirsch will speak about his experiences, and on the issues with over-promising and under-delivering.


November 15, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Adam Bridgers

Adam Bridgers is an attorney in the Fisher Phillips Charlotte office. He represents businesses across the United States faced with employment and privacy-related issues. Adam is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and advises clients on data security laws, data breaches, privacy policies, and workplace monitoring.  In addition to privacy, he regularly practices in the areas of employment litigation, labor relations, and wage and hour law.
Adam has experience trying cases in various areas of the law. He has litigated cases at both the state and federal levels, including several complex cases, such as collective wage and hour actions, unfair competition claims, and trade secret disputes.
Adam strives to help businesses resolve problems before they reach court. However, he is not afraid to employ his courtroom skills if needed. He also counsels clients on preventive measures that help ensure disputes do not arise in the first place.
He has represented clients before courts in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina. His clients and adversaries range from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies and span across numerous industries, including banking, construction, energy, hospitality, and healthcare.
Adam keeps abreast of changes in the law both nationally and in North Carolina. He ensures that his clients receive the benefit of this knowledge through legal alerts and client presentations. He has also been called upon by media outlets to comment on and explain changes in the law, which affect the workplace.
Adam received the honor of being listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.  He was also awarded the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2017 Emerging Leader Energy Leadership Award.
During law school, Adam was Editor-in-Chief of the Charlotte Law Review. He also gained invaluable legal experience as a summer law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Frank D. Whitney and as a judicial extern to U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler, both judges in the Western District of North Carolina.
Adam attends Tuckaseege Baptist Church and enjoys serving his community. He was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the Board of Chiropractic Examiners and is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s North Carolina Advisory Committee.  Adam has served on the Board of Directors of many local non-profit organizations, including the Law and Community Foundation and the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter.


November 16, 2017 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Third Thursday Happy Hour at Brazwells on Montford

Please join us for Happy Hour Thursday, September 21st at 5pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Brazwells Pub Montford
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
See you then! 


December 6, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC Speaker: Scott Weatherup

Scott Weatherup | C&D Landscaping

 

I grew up in Southern California going to the beach 4-6 days a week. After a few years of absent parenting, bad luck and some very poor decisions, I dropped out of Pacifica High School as a senior with about 8 weeks left.  I moved to Connecticut at 20, where I completed high school after which I started college as a 21 year old freshman and graduated from Sacred Heart University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and concentrations in marketing and management. Within two weeks of graduation I moved to Charlotte, got married and started a new career path working for Graybar Electric as a sales representative.

 

My two boys Colton and Dylan, (the C & D of the business) are two of the reason why in 2000 I left the corporate world, hung up my suit and tie and went back to school for horticulture.  I now hold degrees in Landscape Design, Landscape Management and Landscape Maintenance. I am currently a North Carolina Certified Plants Professional and Certified Landscape Contractor.  I am involved with the North Carolina Landscapers Association and North Carolina Green Industry Council. This included a large role in the Mecklenburg County Water Conservation Initiative back in 2008-2009 during our last major drought helping to initiate Irrigation Contractor Licenses and “Smart Controllers” that use satellite links to measure rain fall amounts and adjusts watering times accordingly.

 

I'll discuss the how and why we are now taking toward moving into the lawn care and commercial business. I'll discuss the hurdles that I have encountered and questions that I had to ask myself when taking this step. 


December 7, 2017 , 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MBC Annual Holiday Party

(The corrected date is on Thursday the 7th)
 
You and your guest are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Annual MBC Holiday Party
 
This annual event is the ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow members and their families in a more intimate setting.  Join us at MBC Member, Marc Mataya's home while enjoying cocktails and an amazing catered buffet by Best Impressions.  Dress is business casual.  If you are a new member, you definitely don't want to miss this event!
 
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
6:00pm-10:30pm
 
Marc Mataya's Home
2215 Hassell Place, Charlotte, NC 28209
(behind Park Road Shopping Center)
For Google Map Directions click here.


December 20, 2017 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Annual Champagne Breakfast

We hope to see everyone for our Annual Champagne Breakfast on Wednesday, December 20th. At this meeting, we will have a deluxe breakfast catered by Byron’s with Champagne and Orange Juice.  It has been a tremendous year of accomplishments, great membership, and wonderful connections. We will be toasting the New Year, giving recognition to those who have served as our MBC Board Members and announcing and welcoming the new MBC Board for 2018. We will also be awarding the Donald Haack Community Involvement Award to a very special organization. This event is a great opportunity to give recognition where it is due and also preview upcoming events at MBC.


December 25, 2017 , 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Merry Christmas from The Millhouse Family


January 3, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Amanda Colgate

Amanda S. Colgate, CPAamanda@godshallcolgate.com
(803)782-0904, Ext. 102
 

Amanda joined Godshall Colgate, LLC in 2006.  Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina in 2003.  She began her career in public accounting with Ernst & Young, LLP in Greenville, SC, and has over 14 years of experience serving clients.  Amanda is licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina, and she provides accounting, tax compliance, and consulting services for both individual and business clients. 

Amanda is a member of the South Carolina Association of CPAs (SCACPA), the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).  In 2015, Amanda was added to the list of 100 Influential People in Accounting throughout SCACPA's 100 year history.  She was awarded the 2009 SCACPA Outstanding Young CPA Award and the 2011 SCACPA and AICPA Woman to Watch Award.  Amanda was a founding member of the SCACPA Young CPA Leadership Cabinet, serving as chair of the Cabinet in 2009.  As a member of the SCACPA Editorial Board, she contributed several informative articles published in the South Carolina CPA Report.  Amanda was one of 30 CPAs selected from across the country to attend the 2010 AICPA Leadership Academy.  She served as a member of the AICPA Young CPA Committee in 2011 and 2012.  Amanda was a presenter at the AICPA Interchange Conference in St. Louis, MO, and has led various tax seminars throughout South Carolina.    

Community Involvement

Council Member, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
Member, Women's Impact Fund

Former Board Member, Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia
Former Board Member, Moore School of Business Friends of Accounting
Former Planning Commissioner, City of Forest Acres
Former Chair, Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia Ambassadors Committee

 


January 17, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Debby Millhouse - Lessons Learned in 2017

Debby Millhouse is the owner and CEO of CEO Inc. CEO Inc. is an award-winning, full-service recruitment and staffing firm, that for over 23 years has specialized in direct hire placement for senior-level sales, operational and management positions for plastics, composites, textiles and specialty chemical companies nationwide.  CEO Inc. launched sister company Xcentri in 2014 to complement the rapid growth of its expanding service lines.  Xcentri provides temporary staffing and direct hire placement services for accounting/finance, office support, legal support, engineering, call center/customer service, and non-clinical medical positions.  CEO Inc. was named to the Inc.5000 “Fastest Growing Companies” List for 2016 and 2017.  CEO Inc. has also been honored with the Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for 4 consecutive years (2012-15) as well as their “50 Fastest Growing Companies” for 2015.  Ms. Millhouse has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times, inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, and given the Women in Business Achievement Award winner by the Charlotte Business Journal. 


February 7, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Dianna Ward - Speaker Feb 7, 2018

Dianna is the Executive Director of Charlotte B-Cycle, responsible for managing and growing the bike share system in Charlotte's urban core.  Honored as one of the 50 most influential women in Charlotte, she regularly collaborates with sponsors, city leaders and biking advocates and is a forward-thinking champion focused on Charlotte's goal of becoming a "City of Bikes."  She has served on the Board of Directors for the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) and was recently elected to serve as President.  In addition, she owns Charlotte NC Tours, Greenville Glides, Bike the Rabbit, Kansas City Segway Tours and Chattanooga Segway & Bike.  A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dianna holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Grinnell College and a Masters in Operations Research and Statistics from NC State University.
 
Remember, we will be meeting at Triple C Barrel Room at 2832 Griffith St. which is about a mile from Byrons.


February 15, 2018 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
MBC Social

Thursday the 15th, tonight!  At Braswell's at 5:00
 
Enjoy!
 
 


February 21, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Matt Mochan - Speaker Feb. 21, 2018

We will be meeting at Triple C Barrel Room at 2832 Griffith Street which is about a mile from Byron's.
 
Please RSVP so we'll have an accurate head count.  
 
 


March 7, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Your Event Source - March 7th

Come prepared for a fun filled morning!  Maybe you will play a game on our life size operation or spend some time on some old school video games (free play!)  Get a personalized street sign or take your chances on our brand new one person Escape Room.  It’s sure to be an MBC morning like no other!
 
Fun photos will be send under separate cover.
 
100 Forsyth Hall Drive
Suite 100 E
Charlotte, NC  28273
 
Be sure to RSVP so we'll have an acurate headcount.


March 21, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Debby Millhouse - Lessons Learned in 2017

Debby Millhouse is the owner and CEO of CEO Inc. CEO Inc. is an award-winning, full-service recruitment and staffing firm that for over 23 years has specialized in direct hire placement for senior-level sales, operational and management positions for plastics, composites, textiles and specialty chemical companies nationwide.  CEO Inc. launched sister company Xcentri in 2014 to complement the rapid growth of its expanding service lines.  Xcentri provides temporary staffing and direct hire placement services for accounting/finance, office support, legal support, engineering, call center/customer service, and non-clinical medical positions.  CEO Inc. was named to the Inc.5000 “Fastest Growing Companies” List for 2016 and 2017.  CEO Inc. has also been honored with the Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for 4 consecutive years (2012-15) as well as their “50 Fastest Growing Companies” for 2015.  Ms. Millhouse has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times, inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, and given the Women in Business Achievement Award winner by the Charlotte Business Journal. 
 
NOTE:  We will be back at Byron's South End located at 101 W. Worthington Ave, Charlotte, 28203.  Parking is at the Design Center Parking Garage at 240 Doggett St., on the corner of Hawkins St. and Doggett St.  Parking tickets from the parking garage can be brought inside for validation by Byron's.  Please note:  you will enter Byron's through Thompkins Alley.  The 'back door' entrance (down the ramp) will no longer be available to us.  I'll send the arial map under separate cover.
 
 


April 4, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC - April 4th

Ever wondered what a video production company goes through when planning to tell a story for a client? Our presenters today are joining us from Spiracle Media here in Charlotte. Spiracle is a video content company that specializes in storytelling. They have built their company on former journalists who bring a creative and cinematic approach to every project. They have had the pleasure of working with some of biggest brands across the country. 



Jarod Latch is a Co-Founder and Director of Creative content who is approaching the 20 year mark in broadcasting and digital media. He spent nearly ten years in television as a sports anchor and reporter before helping to launch Spiracle Media in 2011. 



David Kernodle is a veteran journalist as well with his last stop coming at Spectrum News as a reporter. In his role as Director of Video Production and Services at Spiracle Media, he has been crucial in expanding the quality of storytelling and leading a growing team in the production department.


NOTE:  We will be back at Byron's South End located at 101 W. Worthington Ave, Charlotte, 28203.  Parking is at the Design Center Parking Garage at 240 Doggett St., on the corner of Hawkins St. and Doggett St.  Parking tickets from the parking garage can be brought inside for validation by Byron's.  Please note:  you will enter Byron's through Thompkins Alley.  The 'back door' entrance (down the ramp) will no longer be available to us. 


April 18, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC - April 18th

John Cantrell
Insurance 101, Strategic Thinking and Making a Difference
 
 


April 19, 2018 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Third Thursday Happy Hour at Brazwells on Montford - April 19th

Third Thursday Happy Hour at Brazwells on Monford
 
Please join us for Happy Hour Thursday, April 19th at 5pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Brazwells Pub Montford
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
 
See you then! 
 


April 27, 2018 , 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
4th Friday Lunch - April 27, 2018

Join us for lunch on Friday, April 27th at 11:45.
 
The Liberty
1812 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC lunches, this pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you there!


May 2, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Adventures in Ventures with Adam Huth May 2, 2018

Finding your 2nd act, bootstrapping a business from scratch and lessons learned along the way!
 
Byron's South End
101 West Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
 


May 16, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC - April 16th Diane Restaino

Diane Restaino is the President of Joedance Film Festival. After earning a B.S. from Iowa State University, Diane spent 15 years as an executive in the broadcast industry. Diane has held board positions at the Episcopal School of Knoxville and the Family Advisory Council at the Levine Children’s Hospital. She is a current member of the Board of Ambassadors, Cancer Champions at Levine’s Children’s Hospital and Coalition Against Childhood Cancer.
 
Joedance Film Festival was founded by Diane and her family in 2010 in memory of their oldest son, Joe. They combined their family’s love of films with science of cancer research to create a very unique foundation. The mission of the foundation is to raise funds for rare pediatric cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital. This year’s Joedance Film Festival, August 3-4, 2018 at the Charlotte Ballet in Uptown Charlotte, will mark the ninth year for the festival.
 
Under the leadership of Diane, $150,000 has been donated to Levine Children’s Hospital which has funded the following programs: 
 
  1.      In 2014 funded a summer internship to introduce Healios, a flavored liquid nutrient to lessen the severity of mouth sores.  This is now part of every child’s protocol diagnosed with cancer.
  2.      Funded, along with Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and the Isabella Santos Foundation, a clinical trial for recurring osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at Levine Children’s Hospital. Fourteen other hospitals in the country have enrolled in the trial.
  3.      In 2018 our second paid intern will compile data on the results of inpatient vs. outpatient treatments.
  4.      Going on five years, Joedance has partnered with Modern Salon and Spa for “Spa Days” at Levine Children’s Hospital for the parents of long term stay patients. 
 
Diane and her husband, Mike Restaino have three sons; Joe, who passed away in 2010, and identical twins Tony and David.  When Diane is not working on Joedance, she loves to travel with her family, and of course enjoys taking in a movie and going to the theater.
 
Bryon's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203
 


May 17, 2018 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Third Thursday Happy Hour at Brazwells on Montford - May 17th

Third Thursday Happy Hour at Brazwells on Monford
 
Please join us for Happy Hour Thursday, May 17th at 5pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Brazwells Pub Montford
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you then! 


May 25, 2018 , 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
4th Friday Lunch - May 25, 2018

Join us for lunch on Friday, May 25th at 11:45.
 
Leroy Fox
1616 Camden Rd.
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday.
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC lunches, this pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you there!


June 6, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC - June 6 Walter Frye

Walt Frye is a career financial services and technology executive with over 15 years of executive experience in large financial services and technology companies to include Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Ally Financial and Fiserv. 
 
Walt currently serves as a director, advisor, mentor, board member, volunteer and angel investor in organizations and companies within Charlotte’s thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem, with particular interest in FinTech.
 
In Oct 2017, Walt was appointed Executive Director for the Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship (CRFE), which is the public-private partnership established to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Charlotte region. He most recently launched Innovate Charlotte, as the operating entity for the CRFE.
 
Walt’s corporate career has included years of engagement in developing and putting into practice, strategies involving innovation of products, solutions and business operations. At Fiserv, a Fortune 500 provider of financial technology solutions to financial institutions, Walt served as VP - Product Management, Program Director to the Chief Operating Officer and head of Planning and Governance for Enterprise Technology from 2012-2016.  In these roles, he provided strategic and operational leadership for product development, strategic planning and project/portfolio management. Product lines under his responsibility generated over $300 million in annual revenue.
 
While at Ally Financial from 2009-2012, Walt served as Information Technology Executive for the Global Information Technology Group, where he led strategy, planning and governance.
 
Walt’s tenure with Bank of America originally brought him to Charlotte in 2002, during which time he served in numerous roles in innovation, new product development, market leadership in consumer banking and sales management in small business.  These roles culminated in 2009, as SVP, Product Management, with responsibilities for new product development within the Card Services division, where his team helped to launch and manage the BankAmericard.
 
Walt was born in Rock Hill, SC and grew up in Columbia, where he attended public schools before graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He is a decorated veteran, with over ten years of military service.  Walt earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He also holds a certificate in FinTech and Future Commerce from MIT, where he was rated a “Top 50” project contributor. Walt currently lives in Pineville, NC with Veronica his wonderful wife of over 28 years and their dog Cecil.
 
Bryon's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203


June 20, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
June 20 - Bob Peters, Mixologist

Bob Peters is actually a Charlotte native which makes him as rare and as special as the libations you will find behind his bar. With strong southern roots, Bob has always enjoyed the art of dining and taking care of friends. He is well known for his creative palate as well as for his ability to entertain.  Peters has won numerous awards including the 2015 Global Bartender of the Year for The Ritz-Carlton Corporation.  He has been featured in an international culinary magazine as well as countless local and regional publications. In the spring of 2016, he accompanied some of the most elite chefs from Charlotte, NC to the coveted James Beard House in New York City to present a “Taste of Charlotte” dinner to the Big Apple’s food fanatics. In January 2017 and most recently in January 2018 Bob was a featured mixologist at the highly acclaimed Cayman Cookout food festival hosted by Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, and Anthony Bourdain, as well as the featured talent at the Charleston Wine & Food, and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festivals.
When you join Bob for a cocktail, be prepared to linger and let go of the reins. In no time, you will be carried away on a journey sure to delight the senses. Check him out in Charlotte North Carolina. You will be captivated by what you find and he?ll have the hootch ready.
 
Bryon's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
 


June 21, 2018 , 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Third Thursday Happy Hour June 21st

Third Thursday Happy Hour at Brazwells on Monford
 
Please join us for Happy Hour Thursday, June 21st at 5pm. We will be meeting at:
 
Brazwells Pub Montford
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC Happy hour events, this event is pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you then! 


June 29, 2018 , 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
4th Friday Lunch - June 29th, 2018

Join us for lunch on Friday, June 29th at 11:45.
 
Leroy Fox
1616 Camden Rd.
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday.
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC lunches, this pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you there!


July 18, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC July 18 - Marty Conte

Marty Conte is a second generation business owner who runs his family’s bottled water business, Diamond Springs Water. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he has also lived in South Florida, Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA, moving to Charlotte in 1997. No stranger to the Carolinas, Conte attended Clemson University from 1981 to 1986, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and minoring in Social Sciences.  Marty has worked in the family business for over 40 years and performed virtually every job in the business from sweeping floors to sales, delivery, operations, and now President and General Manager.
Over the last 28 years Diamond Springs has grown to become one of the largest independently owned Bottled Water Companies in America serving over 50,000 customers in The Carolinas and Virginia. A recognized brand in the South East and a reputation for excellent service and quality products have garnered the Family Business accolades over the years as one of the best run Bottled Water Companies in the Industry. The company offers many different types and sizes of bottled water along with water coolers, a full line office coffee service and point of use filtration equipment.
An MBC member since 2003, and past President of the group Conte was the inaugural Recipient of the Metrolina Business Council’s Donald Haack Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Involvement. He is an active member of the Charlotte Business Community including the Charlotte Chamber, Hospitality and Tourism Association and the Charlotte Touchdown Club to name a few. He actively volunteers with the local chapters of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Make A Wish Foundation and the National MS Society along with supporting countless others through the family business. Recently Marty was asked to join the Board of the Charlotte Merchants Foundation, a local non-profit that grants money to Charlotte Charities that enrich and further the lives of children in our community.
In his free time he smokes cigars, attends concerts and is a rabid sports fan. He is also a long standing member of the Italian Heritage Society, a group of Italian men who meet every other week for dinner and share stories of their Italian upbringings. A collector, he has been collecting celebrity and sports memorabilia and smoke-a-rama for the past 20 plus years and recently began acquiring single malt scotch and rare bourbon.  In 2007 he married his beautiful wife Jodie along with her two children Zac and Taylor. He and his wife welcomed a daughter in law into the family last year when their son Zac married his fiancée Rebecca and are now anxiously awaiting their first grandchild due this December.


July 27, 2018 , 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
4th Friday Lunch - July 27, 2018

Join us for lunch on Friday, July 27th at 11:45.
 
Leroy Fox
1616 Camden Rd.
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday.
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC lunches, this pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you there!


August 1, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC August 1st - David Byron

Business owner for 29 years operating the following divisions:
 
Best Impressions Caterers
The Grill & Picnic Company
Byron’s South End
The Terrace At Cedar Hill
 
MBC member since 1989. Past President. 

 
Mr. Byron’s foray into hospitality came at an early age working in the kitchen along side his mother and grandmother who were masters at the art of entertaining.  He honed those skills working at several acclaimed restaurants and caterers in Charlotte and the Annapolis & DC areas. He founded Best Impressions Caterers in Charlotte, NC in 1989.  Mr. Byron has assembled a hard working and dedicated team of event professionals producing many of Charlotte's finest special events. His personality shows in everything the business is built upon: exceptional customer service and the highest quality food. Mr. Byron has been an active member of the community, having served in leadership positions with various business, hospitality industry, and faith-based organizations.  He shares a passion for sailing, cheering on the Panthers and Clemson Tigers with his wife, Beth and their two daughters, Chelsea and Madison. 
 
***Business Address where next MBC meeting will be held:
 
2600 Youngblood St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
At the corner of Remount Rd and Youngblood St. between South Blvd and South Tryon St. 
 
Please enter through front offices facing Youngblood St. Parking available in front of building and on-street parking on Youngblood St.  Overflow parking in loading dock area, through delivery gate off Youngblood St. 
 


August 15, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC - August 15 David Stollmack and Barrie Clark

David Stollmack and Barrie Clark have 65 years working experience in the field of audio/video design, sales and installation. David graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and Barrie has degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. Both share a passion for making electronics easy and fun to use. They met at David’s company Audio Video Systems in the late 1990s.
 
Barrie and David will be updating MBC members with the latest information on 4K television, digital music options, home wifi networks, and a look at new options in the rapidly changing area of streaming TV. There are constant changes in this area that effects so many consumers.
 
As always they will be prepared to answer your questions in any area of home technology. 
 
As many of you know David has been following Bruce Springsteen around the country for over 40 years and hopes to attend his 100th Springsteen concert when Bruce returns to touring next year.
 
Barrie is a huge fan of Star Trek, Star Wars and many other science fiction related movies. Barrie has also become very involved with his charity raising money for local children’s hospitals. If it not raining Barrie will bring his Ghostbusters car to the MBC meeting. In the meantime, you can check it out here: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/features/those-most-in-need-of-positivity-are-calling-upon-these-ghostbusters/473963144
 
 
Bryon's South End
101 W Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
 
 


August 24, 2018 , 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
4th Friday Lunch - August 24, 2018

Join us for lunch on Friday, August 24th at 11:45.
 
Leroy Fox
1616 Camden Rd.
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday.
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC lunches, this pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you there!


September 5, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Sept 5th Meeting - Julie Porter with Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. (The Housing Partnership) is a broad-based, private, nonprofit housing development and financial corporation organized to expand affordable and well-maintained housing within stable neighborhoods for low and moderate-income families in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
 
Byron's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
 
 


September 19, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC - September 19th Marc Mataya

Marc Mataya will be our speaker!
 
Byron's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203


September 20, 2018 , 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
September Social September 20th

Join us at the Unknown Brewing Company for Happy Hour.  Some drinks will be provided.  There will be food available for purchase.  Bring your significant other!
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting.  We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you then! 
 
Unknown Brewing Company
1327 S. Mint  St.
Clt  28203
 
 
 


September 28, 2018 , 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Sept 28th Lunch Social

Join us for lunch Friday, Sept 28th at 11:45
 
Leroy Fox
1616 Camden Rd.
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC  28203
 
Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday.
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting. Like all MBC lunches, this pay as you go and will not come out of the MBC budget. We look forward to seeing you there to mix and mingle with other members outside of the regular meeting. 
 
See you there!


October 3, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Oct 3rd Meeting - Richard Herd

Richard Herd will be our speaker.
 
Byron's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203


October 17, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Oct 17th Meeting - Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes is a former French Foreign Legion Commando who worked around the world as a bodyguard for the rich and famous. His clients have included members of the Saudi Royal Family, the celebrated artist Peter Max, and too many rock bands to mention.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed "How To Be Your Own Bodyguard," has appeared on Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior, was a featured artist for Paladin Press, and is the Chief Instructor for Warriors Krav Maga, the Israeli military's unarmed combat system.
He is currently about to release his newest book entitled "ASPIRE Because SMART goals are dumb."
 
Byron's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203


November 7, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
MBC - Nov 7th Dr Deitemeyer CPCC

Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer began her tenure as the fourth president of Central Piedmont Community College in 2017. Dr. Deitemeyer came to Central Piedmont with an extensive and diverse background in community college administration. Her career has spanned 25 years in higher education, with 23 of those serving in community college systems in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida.
As Central Piedmont’s top executive, she demonstrates the drive, talent and passion for its mission. Her principal leadership tenet is student success and transforming and improving lives. She brings a demonstrated focus on excellence, regional development and building collaborative relationships which impact opportunities for students and communities.
“I believe everything we do at Central Piedmont Community College is life-changing,” Dr. Deitemeyer has said. “When someone asks me what I do, I typically reply, ‘I am in the life-transformation business.’ After 25 years in higher education, I’ve seen the impact our colleges have on individuals, families and communities. Central Piedmont is the hope many of our students are seeking. Hope of a better job, better wage, better life, and better opportunities for their family.”
While her professional goal is leading the college in its efforts as a national leader in workforce development, Dr. Deitemeyer derives her personal joy from her faith and family – Gary, her husband of 27 years, and their amazing daughter, Zoe.
 
Byron's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203


November 15, 2018 , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
November Social

November Social Thursday night at Assorted Wines at the 7th Street Station.  Please invite a guest, hopefully a potential new member.  First round is on MBC
 
This is a great way to meet up with MBC members in a social setting.  Don't let this late notice stop you from going to have a good time.    
 
 


December 5, 2018 , 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Dec 5th MBC Meeting - Richard Sterling

The speaker for our Dec 5th meeting will be our very own Richard Sterling.
 
Byron's South End
101 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28203


December 6, 2018 , 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
MBC Holiday Party

This year's party will be at the home of Greg and Briana Davis.
Please park on the street or at the church parking lot which is about a block away.
 
When you RSVP I need to know how many are coming so I'll have an accurate head count for the caterer.
You won't be able to tell me if you are bringing a guest via the regular RSVP so please shoot me a separate email to let me know.
 
1805 Mecklenburg Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28205
 
Come and enjoy!
 
 


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