Events

January Chapter Program

When: 1/11/2023 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: 
CPCC Harris Campus
3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

Please join Gretchen Carson, Director of Business Recruitment for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance to learn about Select CLT's business recruitment efforts, insights around regional economic development and Charlotte's continued growth. Gretchen will share updates on regional economic development strategies, highlights from 2022 industry/project activity, a look forward to 2023 and how companies can partner with the CLT Alliance on active projects considering the region. 

Gretchen Carson joined the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance® as the director of business recruitment in August 2021. Gretchen's role is focused on project recruitment and marketing of the Charlotte Region for domestic and international prospects considering establishing a presence in the community.

Prior to joining the CLT Alliance, Gretchen served as existing industry program manager for the Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development for more than three years. Gretchen was tapped to build and develop the county's first retention program for business and industry, targeting more than 220 manufacturers. Under Gretchen, the Existing Industry Program leveraged local incentives for the retention of businesses in the community, generating more than $100 million in capital investment and yielding the creation and retention of nearly 500 jobs. Before supporting Mecklenburg County, Gretchen spent five years focusing on existing industry retention and nearly a year as a project manager for business attraction in Union County.

Gretchen also served as the executive director for the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas from 2007-2010 and is currently a member of the organization's board of directors. She also serves on the advisory board for the NC Biotechnology Center Charlotte. Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Art History from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute in 2012. In 2017, Gretchen was selected as one of the Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40. She is married with two sons.

 

List of Attendees

First Name Last Name Company Type Guest of
Susan Berg Cortland Member
Drew Bombick ATFT Prepaid Lunch Package
Keith Boone State Building Services Prepaid Lunch Package
McKenzie Brady U.S. Lawns Silver Industry Partner (2nd attendee)
Jeff Carpenter Enviro Waste Service Group Silver Industry Partner
Mike Catoe CertaPro Painters Guest - Property Manager
Tammy Cavaliere Inlivian Prepaid Lunch Package
Stefanie Charron MECKLENBURG PAINT CO, INC. Gold Industry Partner
Chip Crumpler Welltower, Inc. Prepaid Lunch Package
Dave Dabson Beacon Partners Guest - Property Manager
Liz Etheredge MECKLENBURG PAINT CO, INC. Gold Industry Partner
Tiffany Etheridge Dimensional Fund Advisors Member
John Fierick Joffie Contracting Services Prepaid Lunch Package
Tyessa Galloway Lincoln Harris Member
Barry Gemberling Arborguard Tree Specialists Gold Industry Partner
Frankie Gunnell ICCS Gold Industry Partner
Theresa Hanlin Beacon Partners Guest - Property Manager Dan Ward
Daniel John Mid America Specialty Services Prepaid Lunch Package
Curt Kaufman Carolina Tree Care Gold Industry Partner
Maggie Kidd CIP Real Estate Prepaid Lunch Package
Kimberly Loflin Stream Realty Prepaid Lunch Package
Connor Lowder Mid America Specialty Services Prepaid Lunch Package
Alicia Manigault American Homes 4 Rent Guest - Property Manager
Ian McGrath State Building Services Prepaid Lunch Package
Lindsey Moore Joffie Contracting Services Prepaid Lunch Package
Justin Morgan U.S. Lawns Silver Industry Partner (2nd attendee)
Stephen Mosko Carolina Tree Care Gold Industry Partner
Tory Murry Lincoln Harris Member
Elizabeth Orlando O'Leary Group Waste Systems Prepaid Lunch Package
Judy Pharr Beacon Partners Guest - Property Manager Dan Ward
Melody Poetzsch April Housing Guest - Property Manager
Katherine Pressley Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA Member
Bo Proctor Proctor Services, Inc. Member
Michael Santacruz Datawatch Systems Gold Industry Partner
Greg Seagle Greystar Guest - Property Manager
Greg Seagle Greystar Prepaid Lunch Package
Brandalyn Slager Custom Coatings Gold Industry Partner
Joleen Stephan-Mease NA Member
Robin Turner O' Leary Group Waste Systems, LLC Gold Industry Partner
Tom Wallace Primax Services, LLC Prepaid Lunch Package
Dan Ward Beacon Partners Prepaid Lunch Package
Chip Watson Bland Landscaping Company, Inc. Gold Industry Partner
Leah Whaley Custom Coatings Gold Industry Partner