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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 choose to be a part of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce 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, engage the Greater Durham business community, elected officials and regional partners in proactive business initiatives that foster Durham’s innovative business environment and create opportunities for Durham and its residents to thrive and grow.

Board of Directors

Chairman

Lisa Yarborough
Durham City President
SunTrust Bank

Executive Committee

William J. Brian, Jr.
Chair-Elect
Morningstar Law Group

Michael Schoenfeld
Immediate Past Chair
Duke University

John D. Messick, III
Wells Fargo

MaryAnn E. Black, MSW, LCSW
Duke University Health System

Keith Burns
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

George Habel
Capitol Broadcasting Company
Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Scott Harmon
Center Studio Architecture

Casey Steinbacher
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

Elected & Appointed Directors

Farad Ali
NCIMED

Patrick Anderson
The Streets at Southpoint

Madhu Beriwal
IEM

MaryAnn E. Black, MSW, LCSW
Duke University Health System

William J. Brian, Jr.
Morningstar Law Group

Keith Burns
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Lawson Carmichael
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Charlene Foley
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

James Forrest, ESQ.
Forrest Firm, P.C.

Justin Gehtland
Relevance Inc.

Bob Geolas
Research Triangle Park Foundation

Isaac Green, CFA
Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC

George Habel
Capital Broadcasting Company/Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Deidra Haj
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Scott Harmon
Center Studio Architecture

Aaron Houghton
Bootsuite

Micheal Heuberger
Freudenberg IT

Dr. William Ingram
Durham Technical Community College

John D. Messick, III
Wells Fargo

Kimberly Moore
NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Steve Pearson
IBM

Keith Pigues
North Carolina Central University

Michael Schoenfeld
Duke University

Caroline Welch
ABC 11

Lisa Yarborough, CFP
SunTrust

Community Advisory Board

Michael Schoenfeld
Chair
Duke University

Mayor William V. (Bill) Bell
City of Durham

Laura Benson
Durham’s Partnership for Children

MaryAnn E. Black, MSW, LCSW
Duke University Health System

Sherry L. DeVries
Durham Arts Council

Shelly Green
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Dr. William G. Ingram
Durham Technical Community College

William A. Kalkhof
Downtown Durham, Inc.

Rev. Michael D. Page
Durham County Board of Commissioners

Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr., Ed.D., M.B.A
Duke University

Staff

Ginny Kirk Andrews

Director of Business Development

Email: gkandrews AT durhamchamber DOT org
Phone: 919.328.8733

Joined the Chamber staff: March 2013

Role at the Durham Chamber: Ginny Kirk links Chamber members with various aspects of the Chamber to help them reach their membership goals – basically, the go-to-girl if you have a person or place that you would like to connect with. She leads the charge for membership growth and retention and serves as the staff liaison for the Chamber Ambassadors.

More about Ginny

Favorite Childhood book: It’s a tie between “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss and “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.

If you could possess any super power what would it be? I would want to have the power to talk to animals.

If Hollywood were to make a movie about your life, whom would you want to see play the lead role as you? Jennifer Lawrence

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars? Throw a party!

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? A professional tennis player.

Rock, Paper, or Scissors? Rock.

Favorite Food: I love seafood… but also a good plate of nachos.

Where’s Waldo? He’s at the tip of my finger!

What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life? My taste in music varies but these are some of my favorites.. “Live ya Life” T.I. & Rhianna, “Queen Bee” Taj Mahal, “Circles around Me” by Sam Bush, “Been down this Road” by Railroad Earth, “Big Country” by Bela Fleck, “Up 18 North” Kruger Brothers, “Hard Knock Life” by Jay Z

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone? I don’t even know yet I’m still working on it, but I do think the little things add up. I think smiling at someone, really listening to someone, being honest with someone, and not being afraid to reach out to someone who appears to be having a bad day, are a few the nice things that I try to act on. I also think hand written letters are nice.

If you could learn how to do anything what would it be? If I could learn how to do anything, I would want to learn how to do all things artistic. I would also want to learn to speak Spanish fluently.

Adrian Brown

Vice President, Corporate Strategy

Email: abrown AT durhamchamber DOT org
Phone: 919.328.8735

Joined the Chamber staff:  April 2009

Role at the Durham Chamber: Adrian oversees the Chamber’s Durham 2.0 key investor group, whose support and engagement is harnessed toward effectively shaping the next iteration of Durham. Through his cultivation, recruitment and networking efforts, he seeks to keep each investor actively engaged in opportunities that align with the Chamber’s strategic economic and community development goals. Through collaboration Adrian may also assist with the implementation of any unique investor objectives that have a clear return on investment to the client and/or clear impact on the Chamber’s economic and community development efforts.

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Favorite childhood book:  “Green Eggs & Ham”

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? Instant understanding of other languages, so when I travel the world spending my $1M (see below) I’d be able to order fluently from any menu.

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

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars?  Count the zeros!

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

Rock, Paper or Scissors? Paper (because Origami puts the world at your fingertips)

Favorite food:  Thai

Where’s Waldo?  Huh?

What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life?  “Don’t rain on my parade” Barbara Steisand; “I’m coming out” Diana Ross;  “Mambo Italiano” Dean Martin; “ The suburbs” Arcade Fire

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone:  Well, my mom still talks about that ash tray I made her in the 3rd grade.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  Play an instrument

Ted Conner

Vice President of Economic Development and Community Sustainability

Email: tconner AT durhamchamber DOT 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.

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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.

Jackie McLaughlin

Finance Director

Email: jmclaughlin AT durhamchamber DOT org
Phone: 919.328.8720

Joined the Chamber staff: September 2010

Role at the Durham Chamber: Jackie is responsible for the financial processing and reporting for the organization. She also handles technology and contractual issues.

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Favorite childhood book: Anything by Dr. Seuss

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? The ability to fly

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

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Travel

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I’ve always loved numbers

Rock, Paper or Scissors? Scissors

Favorite food: All things pasta and chocolate

Where’s Waldo? In a book

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the piano proficiently

Mable Rogers

Director of Membership Operations

Email: mrogers AT durhamchamber DOT 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.

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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

Casey Steinbacher, CCE

President & CEO

Joined the Chamber staff: October 2007

Email: csteinbacher AT durhamchamber DOT org
Phone: 919.328.8710

Role at the Durham Chamber: Casey is responsible for sifting through the millions of crazy, creative ideas the staff of the chamber routinely throw at her to determine which ones pass the …”that’s so Durham” test…..and get put into practice to ensure a vibrant Durham business community. In between those decisions, she works with businesses to help connect them to Durham opportunities in addition to working with Durham to connect it to business opportunities. This requires her to go to A LOT of meetings and eat A LOT of chicken.

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Favorite Childhood Book:  Read every Nancy Drew mystery every written

If you could possess any super power, what would it be? The power to travel through time…need more time with my grandkids that live far away

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Drew Barrymore in my younger years….Jamie Lee Curtis now

What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars?  Move all my children to Durham NC

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Trainer for Shamu the Whale at Sea World

Rock, Paper or Scissors? Rock, Paper, Scissors….I’ve been all at some time in my life

Favorite food:  Too many to list….vanilla ice cream sundae with chocolate and carmel sauce

Where’s Waldo?  At the Hofbrauhaus in Bavaria

What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life?  “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” Diana Ross; “I’ve had the Time of My Life” Bill Medley; “Footloose” Kenny Loggins

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone:  I promised God that they were between me, him, and the people I do it for

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  A foreign language

John White

Vice President of Public Policy

Joined the Chamber staff: January 2009

Email: jwhite AT durhamchamber DOT 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. 

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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!

ColinColin Tierney

Director of Digital Brand Marketing

Email: ctierney@durhamchamber.org
Phone: 919.328.8755

Joined the Chamber staff: February 2014

Role at the Durham Chamber: Colin helps the chamber steer a course through the world of digital.  One part strategy, one part execution, a dash of creativity and a splash of data is a mixture that he uses to determine the best way to represent the Chamber online.

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Favorite Childhood book: Goodnight Moon

If you could possess any super power what would it be? I always wanted to fly. 

If Hollywood were to make a movie about your life, whom would you want to see play the lead role as you? Bill Murray.  Who could be better?!?!

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars? Find a way to double it.  Then give half to a charity.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Magician 

Rock, Paper, or Scissors? Paper 

Favorite Food: Never met a food I didn’t like, but if I must choose, I’ll say steak, medium rare.  

Where’s Waldo? On a mountain top.

What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life? Every song from U2′s albums WarAchtung Baby, and Boy

Nicest thing you’ve done for someone? You’d have to ask them! One of my greatest joys is helping other people achieve their goals.  

If you could learn how to do anything what would it be? 

Become a better musician.

 

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 2013 Stats:

  • $690.5M in new investment
  • 29 expansions
  • 21 relocations

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