I was officially appointed today by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services board. This appointment happened directly due to a NCER luncheon from earlier in the year. I happened to sit next to Valerie Johnson, a visitor that works for the NC Boards and Commissions. She was a guest of Olalah Njenga. As we talked, she shared this opportunity, asked of my background, and invited me to submit for the role. I am very grateful to her and Olalah for bringing her. NCER has grown into a great organization and we can never know the opportunities that may avail themselves when we actively participate in our events.
NCER is many different things. It’s where executives come together to share their breadth of knowledge, experience, and ideas to strengthen and support one another. It is a place to discuss business issues, gain valuable insights and perspectives, and explore alternative approaches among peers. It’s also a place to learn from professionals and experts in many subject areas, offer advice and counsel to others, expand business connections and build enduring friendships. NCER is a place where what you know, what you’ve done, and the lessons you’ve learned along the way can make a tremendous difference and be an encouragement to others.
I’ve been a member of the North Carolina Executive Roundtable (NCER) for several years. I don’t know of a better organization for executives in the area. The organization holds monthly meetings with excellent speakers who are informative, educational, and engaging on subjects of interest to executives of companies large and small. The members and guests of NCER are friendly and interested in establishing long-term professional relationships. The unique attribute of this organization is that members encourage collaboration and cooperation to serve the needs of customers of members. Members attend members-only meetings to get to know each other better and provide input to the board of directors. Although NCER is not strictly a networking group or a place to “sell” your business, NCER has been instrumental in my getting quite a bit of new business through referrals. Members of NCER care about the success of the members’ companies and offer constructive advice when requested. The coffee chats have been invaluable for my professional growth and the advice that I have received has helped my business navigate through the current volatile business climate.
I consider it a great honor and privilege to be part of NCER.