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Brooks Raiford with NCTA and Tricia Callahan with Coastal Carolina IT Consulting

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Tricia Callahan- Coastal Carolina IT Consulting 

Tricia moved to the Wilmington area 7 years ago from Seattle, Washington.  Excited to call Wilmington/Leland my home! She is a proven technology leader with over ten years of experience working in information technology environments. She has demonstrated expertise at managing multi-year, multi-million dollar, international technology projects. Tricia has experience working in the non-profit, health and wellness, fundraising, and clinical research industries.

Tricia’s strengths include: IT management; project management and coordination skills; thorough and thoughtful business analysis; communication targeted at stakeholders across an organization:  ability to galvanize and motivate teams; inter and intra-personal/team building skills; proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; training personnel; staffing cross-functional project teams; and experience writing detailed functional specifications, software and business requirements, policies and procedures

Tricia has a daughter at Cape Fear Academy middle school and a son at Roger Bacon Charter Day elementary school. She has been a volunteer at the Gathering Place for the past 4 ½ years. The Gathering Place is a monthly gathering where adults with and without disabilities can meet each other for food and fellowship.

Connect with Tricia on LinkedIn

Brooks Raidford- NCTA

Brooks Raiford has served as President & CEO of NCTA since 2008.  He is a North Carolina native with a passion for improving the quality of life in his home state, and has an extensive background in government relations, business development and operational management.

In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its impact on a variety of public policy areas.  Subsequently, Brooks served as Director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then President of Leadership North Carolina.  Most recently, he was Director of Business Development for Balfour Beatty Construction.

Brooks’ other current leadership activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Wake Education Partnership, the Board of Advisors of the North Carolina New Schools Project, and President of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, where he is a former Student Body President and University Trustee.

Brooks’ wife Stephanie is a Principal in the Wake County Public School System, and they have two children, Lauren and Will.

Connect with NCTA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Kim Hufham with Wilmington and Beaches Visitors Bureau and Karen Swenson with Aflac and Zach Adams with First Bank

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Kim Hufhman- Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau

From the historic river district and Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, there’s something about the water here in Wilmington, N.C. and our beach towns, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, that speaks, surrounds and transforms visitors.  As North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination, the area’s location, natural beauty, culture and history all charm visitors and residents alike making it the ideal place to let go, give in and get away for a vacation or weekend.

One destination and four unique settings . . . from the river to sea . . . create a bounty of extraordinary experiences.

Connect with Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau on Facebook and Twitter. Also get involved in #Spread the Wilm on Twitter!

Karen Swenson- Aflac

If you had a chance to begin a new career, what would you do? After 35 years of working in Southern California’s entertainment industry, Karen Swenson decided to make a complete change—in careers as well as locations. In 2011, she moved completely across country, building a new home in Wilmington, NC. For her new business, she chose to work with one of the most respected companies in the world: American Film Life Assurance Company or, as it’s known to most of us, AFLAC. “For me, the opportunity to work for AFLAC has been an amazing experience,” Swenson says, “a crash course in learning about my community, its needs and concerns. I hope that my office, which I like to call ‘Wilmy Aflac’, will be the go-to source for information on voluntary healthcare benefits in the Greater Wilmington area.”

Connect with Karen on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Zach Adams- First Bank

First Bank was established in Troy, North Carolina and built on a commitment to provide genuine community bank service and helpful solutions from local bankers who care about doing what’s right.

With more than 79 years of dedicated service, that commitment has not wavered. First Bank proudly serves 32 counties in North Carolina, with locations in South Carolina and Virginia, for a total of nearly 100 full-service branches and is the fifth largest bank headquartered in North Carolina with approximately $3.2 billion in assets.

Small enough to know you like a neighbor, but large enough to provide the community bank service you’ve come to know and expect, First Bank provides affordable, comprehensive financial services including deposit, loan, wealth management and insurance solutions. Plus, our telephone, online and mobile banking technologies allow you to bank on your schedule—24/7, anytime, anywhere.

Our customers are more than that; they are our friends and neighbors. That’s why we financially support local schools and non-profit organizations while encouraging employee participation in volunteer efforts that impact the quality of life in our community.

Connect with First Bank on Twitter.


The Wilmington NC Chamber of Commerce Special Edition: Voice of Business

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On this month’s Voice of Business, show host and The Wilmington NC Chamber of Commerce President, Connie Majure-Rhett welcomed guest Henry Kitchin into the studio to discuss Special Use Permits.

Meet Henry Kitchin

Henry Kitchin, or better known as Hal, is a practicing lawyer at McGuire Woods Law Firm. Hal concentrates his practice on business litigation and creditor’s rights matters. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust, business tort, and breach of contract cases. He represents creditors in creditor’s rights and bankruptcy cases, and defends lenders in predatory lending and lender liability suits. He has experience in complex commercial, product liability, construction and real estate litigation.

In addition to his law practice, Hal is active in community affairs. In 2013, he served as Chairman of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Chairman of the Cape Fear Future Foundation and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has also recently served on the boards of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and the Coastal Horizons Center.

Hal attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a John M. Morehead Scholar. While attending Wake Forest School of Law, Hal served on the Wake Forest Law Review as a Notes & Comments Editor, and also served as a member of the Moot Court board.

– See more at: McGuire Woods Website

Special Edition: The Wilmington NC Convention Center

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The Wilmington NC Convention Center

CCShow Co-Host, Susan Eaton has lived in Wilmington for over 4 years and serves as General Manager of the Wilmington Convention Center of behalf of SMG, the world largest private management firm for public assembly facilities.

Susan oversees the day to day operations of the Center and the in-house food and beverage operation, along with the outdoor event space.

Meet The Chef, Scott Frazzetta

Chef Scott brings to the Wilmington Convention Center his attention to quality, presentation, abilities with volume cookery, and attention to detail that keeps our guests returning for their next event.

Our Award winning Chef Scott took home three 2013 Epicurean Evening awards for “Best in Show”, ”Best Taste”, and “Best Appetizer”, as voted by a panel of judges in a blind taste competition. In previous competitions, Scott’s awards included the “Peoples Choice Award” for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012.  The Epicurean Evening, is an event benefiting the NC Methodist Homes for Children.

Chef Scott has had a variety of experiences to include working in his father’s Wilmington bakery until age 18 and then worked at the Cape Fear Country Club before attending culinary school in Charleston. Once certified, Frazzetta worked as a chef in several restaurants and taught Culinary Arts at Trident Technical College before returning to Wilmington as Executive Chef at Pine Valley Country Club and Corning, Inc

jdrfJDRF Hope Gala 2014 

JDRF  is a major charitable organization dedicated to funding type 1 diabetes research. JDRF’s stated goal is to “progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF uses over 80% of its expenditures to support research and research-related education.

Guests, Scott and Twyla Satterfield are the 2014 Hope Gala Honorees for the JDRF Coastal Carolina Branch. This year’s Hope Gala will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center on Saturday, May 17. For more information on the Gala and to purchase tickets, please visit the site: