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Ebony Austin (Leadership Development Coordinator at Greenville (SC) Chamber)

Ebony Austin

Leadership Development Coordinator at Greenville (SC) Chamber
Lew Ebert (President & CEO of North Carolina Chamber)

Lew Ebert

President & CEO of North Carolina Chamber

Lew became President and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber in August 2006. The Pennsylvania native brought 26 years of state chamber experience to North Carolina. He worked for 23 years at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, and in 2003, he took the post of president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber until he resigned to come to North Carolina.

Bob Harris (Founder of CAE)

Bob Harris

Founder of CAE

For over 30 years, Bob has guided associations and chambers to increase performance and set a direction. He is on the faculty of the US Chamber teaching at the Institute for Organization Management. To improve associations, he created a self-assessment process used by more than 20,000 organizations. He’s been called the “Martha Stewart of association management” for providing tips and templates that make governance and management easier. He’s worked in the hospitality industry for Hyatt Hotels in Tampa for over 30 years.

Dave Kilby (President/ CEO of Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE))

Dave Kilby

President/ CEO of Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE)

Dave Kilby, executive vice president, corporate affairs, joined the CalChamber staff in December 1988 after more than 11 years in local chamber of commerce management. In addition to working with CalChamber major members, he serves as CalChamber corporate secretary and coordinates Board relations. Kilby also serves as president/chief executive officer of the Western Association of Chamber Executives. Kilby has communicated extensively with California businesses through travel and speaking engagements, developing and implementing an extensive outreach program for members, potential members and grassroots contacts. Kilby holds a B.A. in political science from California State University, Fresno. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institutes for Organization Management program and served as 1996 chairman for the Western Institute at UCLA.

Aaron Nelson (President & CEO of Chapel Hill – Carrboro (NC) Chamber of Commerce)

Aaron Nelson

President & CEO of Chapel Hill – Carrboro (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Aaron joined the Chamber as President and CEO in 2001 after working at his alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill, as Coordinator of Local Relations. In his role at the Chamber, Aaron serves a membership network of more than 1200 enterprises employing more than 80,000 people.

Stephanie Oberg (Compensation & Research Manager at The Employers Association)

Stephanie Oberg

Compensation & Research Manager at The Employers Association

The Employers Association is a member-based organization that serves as a knowledgeable and trusted resource to meet the comprehensive human resource and training needs for over 900 organizations in the greater Charlotte area. Stephanie is primarily responsible for advising companies in the areas of compensation and benchmark data, tailoring compensation consulting services to meet the needs of the member. This includes, but is not limited to, assessment or creation of salary structures; job analysis; and FLSA guidance. Stephanie is a Pineville, NC native and graduated from The University of the North Carolina Charlotte with a degree in Communication Studies.

Ted Pitts (President & CEO of South Carolina Chamber of Commerce)

Ted Pitts

President & CEO of South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Ted Pitts took over as President and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in January of 2015. Ted came to the Chamber after serving first as Deputy Chief of Staff and then Chief of Staff for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley during her first term in office. Prior to that, Ted served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2003-2010 representing Lexington County.

Suzi Raiford (Associate VP of Career Preparedness Programs at Charleston Metro (SC) Chamber)

Suzi Raiford

Associate VP of Career Preparedness Programs at Charleston Metro (SC) Chamber
Brian Toomey (CEO of Piedmont Health Services)

Brian Toomey

CEO of Piedmont Health Services

Brian has been with Piedmont Health Services since January 2005. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director for Harbor Health Services for eight years. He received his MSW in Social Work from Boston College, and received his BA in History from Wake Forest University.