2019- September – Fast Forward in the Triangle

Fast Forward in the Triangle

Umstead Hotel & Spa | 100 Woodland Pond Drive | Cary, NC 27513
Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


Please join our next Triangle CHRO Association gathering to engage in good conversation, food, and drinks.

In 1950 our state capital’s population was 65,000 and in the last 30 years it has grown by more than 7 times in size to 470,000. Raleigh now ranks as one of the fastest growing, most attractive cities in America. What spurred this growth and, more importantly, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for Raleigh and the Research Triangle Region?

Our speaker, Harvey Schmitt, has been in the middle of some of the most important events in Raleigh’s recent past, such as:

– Building the PNC Arena
– Attracting a NHL franchise
– Building a new Convention Center
– Opening up Fayetteville Street.

He’ll give us a glimpse of how we got here and where we might be headed as a community and region.

6:00 – 7:00 Arrivals/ networking/ drinks
7:00 – 7:30 Dinner/ drinks
7:30 – 8:30 Speaker and discussion
9:00 Meeting adjourns

About Our Speaker

HarveyASchmittHarvey A. Schmitt, CCE
President Emeritus
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Harvey Schmitt was president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce from January 1994 to June 2015.

He is a graduate of Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.

His 43-year career included chamber leadership positions with the Dubuque (IA) Area Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville (FL) Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Greenville (SC) Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Tampa (FL) Chamber of Commerce.

He served as Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association (ACCE) in 1995-’96. He was a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.

In Raleigh, Mr. Schmitt played a leadership role in coalescing support for the PNC Center (sports arena), recruiting the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, building the Raleigh Convention Center, constructing the Triangle Expressway and launching the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and the Regional Transportation Alliance. He has served on numerous local and regional boards. He is currently a board member of the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation and chairing the Greater Raleigh CVB Destination Strategy Blue Ribbon Task Force.

In retirement, Schmitt has remained active, working with the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and The Carolina Hurricanes, and serving as Co-Chair of the Department of Commerce Transition Team for Governor Roy Cooper. He also served on the board of Paragon Bank, a publicly-traded company recently purchased by TowneBank.

Triangle CHRO Board of Directors:
Christiaan Heijmen, Director, Triangle CHRO Association
Jason Kranack, EVP, Banking & Operations, Pacific Western Bank
Jenn Mann, CHRO, SAS
Lisa May, CHRO, RTI International
Donna Rhode, Director, Triangle CHRO Association
Michelle Byrd, Chief People Officer, Zaloni
Ron Tomaszewski, VP, Human Resources, Butterball
Lisa van Capelle, CHRO, Syneos Health

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