The Wilmington Chamber's 156th Annual Meeting is typically the crowning event of our year, and we are looking forward to joining many of our members in person once again on February 16, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
Historically, this event has drawn more than 300 business and community leaders for a celebration of the chamber's many achievements over the last year. With the support of our 2022 Board Chair, Neal Andrew, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce's highlights include:
Recognition as the CACCE Chamber of the Year along with our president & CEO, Natalie English, as the CACCE Chamber Executive of the Year.
Developinga small business-focused retention and expansion program (BRE) to fill a critical gap in our economic development ecosystem which supported $11,361,000 in new real estate, business, and private property investment and 133 new full-time jobs in New Hanover County.
Graduating the Leadership Wilmington Class of 2022 and experienced a record number of applicants for the 2023 Class of Leadership Wilmington.
Partnering with New Hanover County Schools to create a new Career and Leadership Development Academy for 7th grade students to teach students about fast-growing industries, in-demand jobs, education levels required, and rates of pay for each field. The program also includes leadership development and activities to develop professional skills.
This year, our event will kick off at 5:00 pm with a reception that includes beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and time to network before the show begins at 5:30 pm. At our event, you'll hear a keynote speech from Dr. James Johnson Jr., Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business in Chapel Hill, NC.
We'll also be recognizing this year's Duke Energy Lifetime Achievement in Business Award winner, Bill Cameron. The evening will end with an after-party featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and more time to connect with your fellow Chamber investors. We hope to see you Thursday, February 16, at the Wilson Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.
The deadline to sponsor this event is Friday, February 3, 2023.
Tickets are available to chamber members for $95 each and to nonmembers for $105 each. The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
Your ticket price includes parking for one vehicle at the Wilson Center Parking Deck.On-street parking is also available. We highly recommend using a ride-sharing service or carpooling.
After parking, enter the Wilson Center and find the main foyer for check-in. Registered attendees will receive a name tag before being directed to the main event hall. A coat check will be available near registration.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Beverages and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served during the Welcome Reception (5:00 - 5:30 PM). Please note food and beverages will not be served during the Program but will be available again during the After-Party.
JAMES JOHNSON JR. William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center
James H. Johnson Jr. is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.
His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues.
Dr. Johnson and Dr. John D. Kasarda coauthored "The Economic Impact of the African American Population on the State of North Carolina" and a study on the economic impact of North Carolina's Hispanic population. With support from the Russell Sage Foundation, Dr. Johnson published research on the economic impact of Sept. 11 on U.S. metropolitan communities. Currently, he is researching the economic and employment impact of white-collar job shifts offshore on U.S. competitiveness.
Dr. Johnson examines the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; inter-ethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues.
He received his PhD from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University.
BILL CAMERON BIO
Bill co-founded Cameron Management to better coordinate his family's diverse business interests and to offer assistance to others seeking to positively impact his beloved North Carolina and hometown. He provides hands-on leadership to the firm in both daily operations and long-term planning. Bill is also a leader in the community, serving on boards, as past president of the NC Azalea Festival, and as an elder for St. Andrew's Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Bill holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Juris Doctorate from UNC's School of Law. He and his wife, Mary Jo Cameron have five children. He enjoys traveling and saltwater fishing in his spare time.
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The Chamber's policy is to generally require payment in advance for admission to all Chamber-promoted & sponsored events due to commitments to our vendors for these events.