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The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors elected Hal Kitchin (McGuireWoods LLP) as chair of the board for 2013. Kitchin will succeed 2012 Chair Emily Longley (Longley Supply Company), who will continue to serve on the board as immediate past chair.
Kitchin is a partner in the Wilmington office of McGuireWoods LLP, a law firm with 19 offices worldwide. He obtained his bachelorís degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he attended as a John M. Morehead Scholar. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. His law practice is concentrated in the areas of business disputes, real estate litigation, antitrust and bankruptcy/creditorsí rights. He is a past chairman of the N.C. Bar Associationís Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section. He is a member of the board of trustees for Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. and a former board member of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation. He has served as the Chamberís Treasurer, Second Vice Chair and First Vice Chair, as a member of the Chamber Education Foundation Board, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cape Fear Future Foundation Board.
Kitchin will be joined on the leadership team by First Vice Chair Rickey Godwin III (McGladrey), Second Vice Chair Dallas Romanowski (Cornerstone Advisory Partners), and Treasurer Chris Boney (LS3P Associates).
Other new members elected and appointed to the board of directors for 2013 include: Dan Darazsdi (PPD); John Elliott (Duke Energy); John Gizdic (New Hanover Regional Medical Center); Chris Jones (IronGate Partners); Mitch Lamm (First Citizens); Jim Mahan (Live Oak Bank); Paul McCombie (NewBridge Bank); and Will Stanfield (Cape Fear Bonded Warehouse).