• Leadership Wilmington 2022-2023 Class Members Named

    Wilmington, NC — The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proud to announce the 2022-2023 Class of Leadership Wilmington which serves to cultivate leaders and advance the region’s economy through hands-on community immersion and direct interaction with our community’s current leaders. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has been presenting this leadership development program for 38 years and boasts over 800 graduates. Class members also work together to organize Work on Wilmington, the community’s largest day of volunteer service in our area.
    The 2022-2023 Leadership Wilmington Class Members include:
    Zedrick Applin – Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community at nCino
    Michele Bennett – Manager of Community Engagement at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    Alex Bouknight Finance Manager at The Carousel Center
    Matt BramstedtArchitect + K-12 Sector Leader at LS3P Associates LTD.
    William Brown - Lead Manufacturing Specialist at GE Aviation
    Kevin Crane – General Manager at WHQR Public Radio 91.3 FM
    Corey Douglas – Project manager at Clancy & Theys Construction Company
    Erin Easton – Workforce Training Coordinator at Cape Fear Community College
    Graham Elmore – Director of People + Culture at Vantaca
    Emma Ericksen – Marketing & Member Engagement Manager at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
    Dr. Patrice Faison – Chief Academic Officer at New Hanover County Schools
    Josh Hallingse – VP, Small Business Retention & Expansion at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
    Tony Hamric – Financial Manager at Liberty Senior Living
    Hunt Harris – Associate Attorney at Law Firm Carolinas
    Leslie Irving – Lieutenant/Public Information Officer with the City of Wilmington
    Suzanne Jalot – Director of Communications at the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
    Taylor King – Owner of Seaside Punch List
    Wayne LaBar – Museum Director at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
    Kellie Lewis – VP, Commercial Relationship Manager at Customers Bank
    Jason Lovelace – Project Executive at Thomas Construction Group
    Heather McWhorter – Director at UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Thom Moton, Jr.  – Deputy City Manager with the City of Wilmington
    Max Nunez – Librarian with New Hanover County Public Library
    Carson Porter – Executive Director of the Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC
    Paul Ragan – Sr. Quality Manager – Business Process Management at GE Hitachi
    Brian Rector – CFO at Coastal Beverage Company
    Joseph Rengifo – Psychotherapist at Wilmington Mental Health
    Amy Schaefer – Attorney at Lee Kaess PLLC
    McKay Siegel – Project Manager at East West Partners
    Kirsti Smith-Reives – Director, Business Partner Consulting for the Coastal Market at Novant Health
    Marien Stark – Business Banking Manager at Live Oak Bank
    Matthew Tulipani – Business Development at Piedmont Service Group
    Amber Walters – Integrated Marketing Manager at Monteith Construction Corporation
    Dory Weiss – Head of Sustainability & ESG at nCino
    Dr. Ashley Wells – Associate School Director, School of Health and Applied Human Services at the
    UNCW College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
    Julian Williams – Senior Talent Manager at StepUp Wilmington
    Upon completion of the program in May, these individuals will have an opportunity to join the Leadership Wilmington Alumni Council, which is diverse in opinion, age, gender, skills, interests, experience, ethnicity, occupation, and political affiliation but unified in their respect for one another and their commitment to building a better Wilmington for all our citizens. 
    "I am so proud of our class members' decision to invest in themselves, for the support of their employers, and what our Leadership Wilmington class members accomplish together each year," said the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce president & CEO, Natalie English. "Strong leadership skills are the differentiator in the knowledge-based economy we're living in. I look forward to getting to know this next group of amazing leaders, and I have no doubt they will represent the Leadership Wilmington program well."