Annual Meeting Luncheon

October 19, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites, Grand Pavilion Ballroom
460 North Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Normally drawing over 1,000 business and community leaders, the Chamber’s Annual Meeting is our area’s largest single gathering of business people each year, bringing together CEOs and high-level corporate executives to discuss the Chamber’s economic development accomplishments for the current year and its plans for our community’s future. Additionally, the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award and the Truliant Federal Credit Union Small Business Award were presented.

Jim Gibbons

Our 2016 speaker was Jim Gibbons, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

Before coming to Goodwill in April 2008, Gibbons served as the president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind. Through comprehensive marketing and branding strategies and an emphasis on aggressive mission measures, Gibbons transformed the nearly 70 year-old NIB into a results-oriented social enterprise for the 21st century. Prior to NIB, Gibbons was the president and CEO of Campus Wide Access Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. An employee of AT&T for more than a decade, Gibbons held various leadership positions in operations, product management, and mergers and acquisition.

An expert at social enterprise management, socioeconomic program strategy and leadership skills development, Gibbons is a veteran speaker, guest lecturer and information resource for advocates, educators and journalists. He has been featured in several publications including The Associated Press, AOL, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post as well as interviewed by CNN, CNN Radio, DowJones, FOX Business News, Hearst Argyle, MarketWatch Radio, NBC Nightly News, and NPR. Gibbons is also a contributor to the Impact section of the Huffington Post.

Gibbons earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was the first blind person to graduate with a master’s in business administration. Jim is a 2012 board member of the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, sponsored by ACT, Inc. He is also a member of Leadership 18 and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He has served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee; as a board member of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB); President of the World Blind Union (WBU) North American/Caribbean Region; member of the Executive Committee, WBU; and Chairman of the Employment Committee, WBU.

Gibbons has received several awards and recognitions for his work, including the 2010 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, the 2010 SmartCEO EcoCEO award for organizational commitment to the environment, the 2009 Young Presidents’ Organization Social Enterprise Leadership Award, and the 2007 Purdue Outstanding Industrial Engineer of the Year award. Gibbons was recently appointed by President Obama as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions (WHCCS), a two-year commitment.





Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners

Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award
Winner: Doug Maynard, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Photo (left to right): Doug Maynard, Jimmy Flythe





Truliant Small Business Award
Winner: PostMark, Inc.
Photo (left to right): Sherry Hanna, Rhonda Cathey, Shane Summarell, Jon Bowman, Todd Hall, Eric Cathey, Robin Nicholson, Richard Vann, Yvette Pugh







The Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award

Events - Annual Meeting - Duke Energy LogoThis annual award is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities or places of work by using their time, talents, and compassion to positively impact the lives of others.

Recipients include Claudette Weston, Jeff Smith, J.D. Wilson, Rence Callahan, Susan Ivey, Michael Wells, Michael Lischke, Harold Martin, Edwin Welch, Walter McDowell, John Burress, and Ben & Marty Tennille.



The Truliant Small Business Award

Events - Annual Meeting - Truliant Logo(1)

The Chamber has always been a supporter of local small businesses, and this award celebrates one small business for its hard work in the community. The Truliant Small Business Award offers recognition to small companies for their success and contributions to the community, while providing the opportunity to showcase their company at the Annual Meeting.

Click here for eligibility criteria and information.




2016 AM sponsors


If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting, please contact Angela Breathette at 336-728-9220.

Although a Winston-Salem Chamber membership is not required to attend this event, you may request information on joining the Chamber by clicking here or contacting the Chamber’s Membership Department at 336-728-9245.