Leadership Carteret 2015:
Now Accepting Applications
The Leadership Carteret Class of 2015 is now forming. Will it be the best class ever?
Leadership Carteret is an in-depth professional development program, which is presented annually by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. Sessions, which begin in January of 2015, meet for 10 consecutive Wednesdays.
“This will be our 27th consecutive season to offer Leadership Carteret, and our goal remains the same – ‘Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today,’” said Diane Warrender of the chamber.
“The program offers a comprehensive orientation about contemporary issues and challenges that are unique to Carteret County,” she said. “We take the class to places off the beaten path and behind the scenes to give the participants an experience they will never forget. We guarantee it.”
The 36-member Class of 2014 graduated April 9. Here are comments from three of the participants:
Leadership Carteret is designed to inform and inspire us – the current and future leaders – to help stitch together the varied communities we serve, all in a journey to make and keep Carteret County the crown jewel it is in eastern North Carolina,” said Bob Malone.
Ray Hall (who describes himself as a “relative newbie to Carteret”) said “this experience is very unique and special. It’s hard to find something that envelops you so deeply in a community as this does.”
Sarah McNally said “not only do I feel more confident in my knowledge about Carteret County, but the experience provided me with ideas and new avenues to use in my daily job. It was a great networking opportunity.”
To apply to enroll in Leadership Carteret 2015, contact Diane Warrender at 252-726-6350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition is $400 for chamber members and $500 for others.
Chamber’s Reverse Drawing
Is August 16 at Civic Center
The public is invited to attend the 22nd annual Reverse Drawing, presented on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s by far the best party of the summer on the Crystal Coast,” said Tracey Brinson of the chamber, “and someone will win the grand prize of $10,000 cash.
“Tickets are $100 each and only 325 tickets will be sold. You do not have to be present to win,” she said. “The chamber accepts cash, checks, MasterCard and VISA.
“Each $100 ticket admits two people to the event, which offers a buffet dinner, an open bar, a silent auction, entertainment, dancing, plenty of fun and good fellowship and a free cab ride home within the county limits. Doors open at 6pm.”
The theme is “Hats Off to the Races.” Dress is beach casual, but there is a costume contest with prizes awarded.
For information, contact Tracey Brinson at email@example.com or 252-726-6350.
Chamber’s 2014 Directory Is Guide
To ‘Doing Business’ at the Coast
The 2014 Business Directory & Visitors Guide, published by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, is now available – free of charge – at chamber headquarters at 801 Arendell St., Morehead City.
The 84-page publication was printed by NCCOAST (publisher of NCCOAST Business Journal) and designed by Graphic Artist Amy Krysa.
The Visitors Guide section appears in the front of the book, featuring 53 color photographs that illustrate all the ways Carteret County and the Crystal Coast lay claim to being the “Water Sports Capital of North Carolina.”
In the center of the book, are the “faces of the chamber” – chamber members in action.
The business directory section includes the complete roster of chamber members who are listed three ways – categorically, alphabetically and by key contacts.
“We encourage local businesses to give copies to vacationers, guests, clients, customers and prospects,” said Chamber President Mike Wagoner.
Help Us Identify True
Customer Service Champions
There’s a talent search under way … as the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and NCCOAST (parent company of NCCOAST Business Journal) are spearheading efforts to salute the 2014 Customer Service Champions in local communities.
“Each year, we present a handful of ‘Outrageous Customer Service’ Awards to individuals across the county,’” said Bill Rogerson, chair of the chamber’s board of directors.
“The nomination process is simple. Just send in a detailed note about someone you work with or someone who has served you well. Direct your correspondence to Mike Wagoner, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Aug. 31. The awards ceremony will be in October.
The awards program is also co-sponsored by Carteret Community College, Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club and the NC State Ports Authority. Reception sponsorship opportunities are available.
The 2013 Outrageous Customer Service Award winners were: Robin Barnes of Edward Jones – Henry Kahen; Warren Benton of Acme Self Storage; Gina Clark of the Crystal Coast Civic Center; Donna Nally of the Atlantis Lodge; Liz Perry of Bluewater Real Estate; and Mary Schronce of the Carteret Community College Foundation.
Dr. Kerry Youngblood of Carteret Community College, who was the featured speaker at the awards ceremony, said: “‘Above and beyond’ is a consistent theme for all these award recipients. They are all excellent communicators and truly care about their customers. They ignore the clock; it has no meaning. For them, customer service is 24/7 in all directions.”
‘Connect Carteret’ Serves
Young Business Professionals
Young business professionals in Carteret County have formed a group known as “Connect Carteret – A Young Professionals Network” to provide opportunities for interaction.
The “under 40 crowd” is benefiting from the professional development Lunch & Learn sessions and social gatherings that occur on a rotating basis once a month, and communities are benefiting from a service component that the group offers.
Leadership responsibilities are shared by Christina Fulcher of maurices, Inc., and Scott Eckholdt of Wells Fargo. Both serve on the Board of Directors at the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to make Carteret County a place where young professionals can achieve the same social, academic, cultural and financial goals as in larger communities, while maintaining a higher quality of life,” Fulcher said.
Eckholdt said Connect Carteret is attracting young professionals and business people from all sections of the county and is offering younger business leaders a voice to help influence decisions made by local governments.
Businesses and Educators Join Hands
To Promote: ‘We Value Diplomas’
While the North Carolina General Assembly members seem prone to kick around education funding like a political football, businesses and organizations in Carteret County are lining up on the sidelines to say:
“We support public education.”
Look for new window stickers on display across the county that illustrate the commitment of business leaders to join hands with educators to proclaim: “We Value Diplomas.”
Sponsors of this community-wide campaign are Carteret Community College, the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and the Carteret County Public School System.
Dr. Kerry Youngblood, President of Carteret Community College, came up with the slogan and invited the school system and the Chamber to join in.
“This is an awareness campaign to raise consciousness of the partnership that businesses and educators have to improve the quality of the workforce,” he said.