This is not your father’s chamber of commerce!

Let’s face it. We all know that businesses don’t operate the way they used to 20, 10 or even 5 years ago.  In response, we defined a new way to spur innovation, drive economic development, and empower local businesses big and small.

Learn more below.

 

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The Chamber at a Glance

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is a bold, dynamic organization that serves the needs of businesses, non-profits and government agencies of all sizes. There’s no other organization that can connect you to all of these various groups better than the Durham Chamber.

Once you learn a little more about what we do to not only support businesses here, but how our work impacts the entire community, we are confident that you’ll be ready to engage with us. Not to mention, our greatest resource – our stellar staff. You’ll soon see how they can be a resource for you and your business!

Who We Are

Established in 1906, the Chamber has been an integral part of the Durham community for more than 100 years. Businesses, organizations, and agencies who choose to be a part of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce do so because it is a thriving, pro-active business leadership organization.  We have proven that working with our community partners and business members results in a prosperous, healthy community for businesses and residents.  There’s no other organization in the Research Triangle region with the depth and breadth of  relationships that can help you.

Contact us to learn how we support businesses here and work to impact the entire community.  We are confident that you’ll be ready to engage with us. Not to mention you’ll meet our greatest resource – our stellar staff!

Mission

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization that serves its members by helping to create and sustain a healthy economic climate.

Vision

Through leadership and collaboration, the Chamber engages the Greater Durham business community, elected officials and regional partners in proactive business initiatives that foster Durham’s innovative business environment and creates opportunities for Durham and its residents to thrive and grow.

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Board of Directors

Chairman

Farad Ali
NCIMED

Executive Committee

George Habel
Chair-Elect
Capitol Broadcasting Company
Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Indira Everett
Treasurer
Duke Energy

William J. Brian, Jr.
Immediate Past Chair
Morningstar Law Group

Scott Harmon
Center Studio Architecture

Adam Klein
American Underground

Michael Schoenfeld
Duke University

Caroline Welch
ABC-11 Eyewitness News

Elected & Appointed Directors

Farad Ali
NCIMED

Indira Everett
Treasurer
Duke Energy

Patrick Anderson
The Streets at Southpoint

Dennis Bloss
Frontier Communications

Lawson Carmichael
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Katie Galbraith
Duke Regional Hospital

Bob Geolas
Research Triangle Park Foundation

George Habel
Capitol Broadcasting Company
Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Deidra Haj
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Scott Harmon
Center Studio Architecture

Michael Heuberger
Freudenberg IT LP

Terence Holt
Holt Brothers Construction LLC

Bill Ingram
Durham Technical Community College

Adam Klein
American Underground

Mike Landguth
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Adri Maisonet
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Kimberly Moore
NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Jenny Myers
Wells Fargo Insurance Service

Sam Nichols, Jr.
First Citizens Bank

Lehman (Lee) Pollard
Nelson & Company

Sumali Sanyal
Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC

Michael Schoenfeld
Duke University

Don Shupe
CBRE | Raleigh

James Sills
M&F

Caroline Welch
ABC-11 Eyewitness News

Governance Committee (Past Board Chairs)

Keith Burns
Nexsen Pruet

John Messick
Wells Fargo Bank

Lisa Yarborough
SunTrust

Staff

Ted Conner

Vice President of Economic Development and Community Sustainability

Email: tconner@durhamchamber.org
Phone: 919.328.8750

Joined the Chamber Staff: 1990

Role at the Durham Chamber: Ted is responsible for recruiting new industry to Durham County, as well as work with larger, existing industries to grow and prosper here.  Ensuring that Durham’s economy remains vibrant, Ted and the economic development team identify new and expanding industries to diversify the business base. In his 21 years at the Chamber, Ted has assisted hundreds of companies relocate or expand operations, generating billions of dollars of investment in Durham.

More about Ted

Favorite childhood book: I do not have a favorite book or author, rather it depends upon my interest and motivation at the moment I pick up a book…and what I want to learn or achieve by the activity.

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? Convince others to listen, understand and accept others’ view of life and respect others’ positions and make educated and cogent decisions. It would be great if all would accept my thoughts and positions as the ultimate elevated truth in life.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? George Clooney or Bruce Willis…George because he is as handsome, smart and charming as I am and Bruce Willis because he is action oriented and fearless as I am.

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Figure out how to leverage the money to earn another million that can be used to make Durham an even better community!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A handsome devil that could make a positive impact or difference in the world – a catalyst for making good things happen.

Rock, Paper or Scissors? I prefer solutions derived using my mind, not chance.

Favorite food:  A great hamburger or tantalizing pasta

What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “Everyone is a Star”, Sly and the Family Stone; “I’m your Captain” Grand Funk Railroad; “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” Otis Redding; “Reeling in the Years” Steely Dan; “Celebration” Kool & The Gang

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Performed favors for folks who are ill when not asked; to take extra step to provide insight into issues and solutions to issues before the person.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Learn more about and better understand the human psyche.

Mable Rogers

Director of Membership Operations

Email: mrogers@durhamchamber.org
Phone: 919.328.8731

Joined the Chamber staff: January 1973

Role at the Durham Chamber: Mable handles the day-to-day membership duties and tasks. She is also responsible for event planning and logistics for all Chamber events and programs.

 

More about Mable

Favorite childhood book: Dick and Jane

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? I already have one; telling the total, honest truth

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Angela Basset

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Hope that someone I know obtains the same amount

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Whatever opportunity was available

Rock, Paper or Scissors? Rock

Favorite food: Chocolate

Where’s Waldo? Italian restaurants

What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, The Stylistics; “I am Every Woman” Chaka Khan

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Being Born

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  To be patient

 

Tracy's picTracy Sternberg

Vice President – Durham 2.0 Investor Relations

Email: tsternberg@durhamchamber.org
Phone: 919.328.8735

Joined the Chamber staff: December 2015

Role at the Durham Chamber: Tracy is responsible for cultivating all current and prospective Durham 2.0 investors to help the Chamber bring value to each organization as well as the community.

More about Tracy

Favorite childhood book: Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? Swimming under water

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Ashley Judd

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Buy a small farm.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  A music producer

Rock, Paper or Scissors? Scissors, of course!

Favorite food: Brussel sprouts, for now

What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “It’s My Life”, Bon Jovi, “Unchained Melody”, Heart, “Then There’s You”, Dailey and Vincent, “Every Story Runs Out of Rain”, Gary Allen

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Helping a friend and her kids through an addiction related ordeal

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  A master carpenter

John White

Vice President of Public Policy

Joined the Chamber staff: January 2009

Email: jwhite@durhamchamber.org
Phone: 919.328.8724

Role at the Durham Chamber: John is the full-time lobbyists for the Chamber and its members, overseeing legislative matters at the local, state and federal levels of government.  To help keep Chamber members informed, he staffs two Chamber committees: the Local, State and Federal Government Committee along with the Transportation Committee.  John also works very closely with community nonprofits, Durham City and County, as well as representatives from local Universities and Colleges.

More about John

Favorite childhood book: “Charlotte’s Web”

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? A magic wand that would enable citizens, businesses and politicians the ability to broker deals with ease!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Cuba Gooding, Jr.

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Sit on some and create a fund that annually assists a few young people who do not have the means, but the desire to, attend college and travel outside the U.S.!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An attorney

Rock, Paper or Scissors? Paper

Favorite food: Sautéed Spinach

Where’s Waldo? Margaritaville!

What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “ Blackbird” The Beatles; “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”Bobby McFerrin; “With a Little Help” Joe Cocker

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Respect all people, regardless of anything that makes them unique.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Perfect my golf game!

 Myra D. Wooten

Director of Public Relations & Communications

Joined the Chamber staff: January 2015

Email: mwooten@durhamchamber.org
Phone: 919.328.8722

Role at the Durham Chamber: Myra wakes up every day thinking about how to tell the story of Durham and the Durham Chamber. This includes generating compelling content about the community and businesses of Durham, while messaging the work of the Chamber and managing the Chamber’s social media.

More about Myra

Favorite childhood book: “The Cat in the Hat”

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? The power of telepathy…to persuade with my words and my mind!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Viola Davis

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Create a culinary scholarship in my mother’s name.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Supreme Court Justice

Rock, Paper or Scissors? Scissors

Favorite food: Anything with mushrooms

Where’s Waldo? With Carmen Sandiego

What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “ Run Joe” Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers; “Unforgettable”Nat King Cole; “Music Man” Letta Mbulu; “Walking After Midnight” Patsy Cline; “It Takes Two” Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Be my authentic self, allowing others to do the same.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Fly (with feathered wings)!

Annual Report

The Annual Report provides a look at the previous year’s strategic objectives, demonstrating the positive alignment between initiatives, actions and outcomes.

Key 2015 Stats:

  • $839M in new investment
  • 86 expansions
  • 37 relocations

Click here to view the 2013 Annual Report.

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