Annual Meeting Luncheon

November 15, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Benton Convention Center, Winston Ballroom
301 W. 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting is one of our area’s largest gatherings of business people each year, bringing the corporate community together to discuss greater Winston-Salem’s economic development accomplishments for the current year and the Chamber’s plans for our future. The Chamber presents the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award and the Truliant Small Business & Independent Small Business Awards to carefully-selected local companies who are making an impact in their fields.

Our 2017 keynote speaker was Debra Crew, President & CEO of Reynolds American, Inc., who discussed “Leading Transformation in a World of Disruption”.

Prior to assuming this role on January 1, 2017, Crew served as president and chief operating officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, RAI’s largest subsidiary. She is also a member of the RAI board. Crew was appointed president and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company on October 1, 2014, and her title changed to president and chief operating officer a year later.

Prior to joining R.J. Reynolds, Crew was the president and general manager of PepsiCo North America Nutrition. She joined PepsiCo in 2010 as president of the Western Europe region of PepsiCo Europe. In 2012, she was named president of PepsiCo Americas Beverage, and in 2014, she was appointed president and general manager of PepsiCo North America Nutrition.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Crew was general manager of grocery brands and U.S. pet-care products for Mars, Incorporated. Before joining Mars, she held a number of marketing positions at both Nestle S.A. and Kraft Foods, Inc.

Crew served in the U.S. Army from 1993 to 1997, rising to the rank of captain and military intelligence officer. She serves on the board of directors of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Crew has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the University of Denver and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.





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.

Click here for nomination criteria and information.

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 & Independent Small Business Awards

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The Chamber has always been a supporter of local small businesses, and these awards celebrate small businesses for their hard work in the community. The Truliant Small Business & Independent Small Business Awards offer 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.



Thank You To Our 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.