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.
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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!
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Capitol Broadcasting Company
Durham Bulls Baseball Club
ABC-11 Eyewitness News
Immediate Past Chair
Center Studio Architecture
Elected & Appointed Directors
The Streets at Southpoint
Duke Regional Hospital
Center Studio Architecture
Freudenberg IT LP
Holt Brothers Construction LLC
Durham Technical Community College
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Wells Fargo Insurance Service
Sam Nichols, Jr.
First Citizens Bank
Lehman (Lee) Pollard
Nelson & Company
Austin Lawrence Partners East
CBRE | Raleigh
North Carolina Central University
Steve Toler, LLC
ABC-11 Eyewitness News
Joined the Chamber Staff: 2017
Role at the Durham Chamber: Pashara is the “first face, first voice” ambassador of the Durham Chamber of Commerce. message. Pashara’s primary responsibility is to treat all customers, potential customers, visitors and staff members with positive, proactive professionalism that reflects the welcoming image espoused by the Chamber.
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Favorite childhood book: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.
If you could possess any super power, what would it be? Teleportation. I would go to exotic locations all over the world for the weekend.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Zoe Saldana. I think she’s pretty awesome!
What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Make another million dollars.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Free.
Rock, Paper or Scissors? Rock.
Favorite food: Mexican Food. The spicier, the better!
What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? If I had to listen to one song everyday for the rest of my life, it would be “You Got Me” by The Roots.
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Show them that they are worthy.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I think it would be pretty cool to learn how to build furniture.
Vice President of Economic Development and Community Sustainability
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.
President and CEO
Joined the Chamber Staff: 2016
Role at the Durham Chamber: Geoff is responsible for leadership of the Durham Chamber of Commerce and setting the direction of the organization.
Vice President of Member Investment
Joined the Chamber Staff: 2017
Role at the Durham Chamber: Joshua leads the organization toward its long-term vision of being the premier advocate, advisor and booster of business in the Durham area.
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Favorite childhood book: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
If you could possess any super power, what would it be? Flight
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? I’ve gotta go with Terrence Howard as me in the future and my man Jessie Williams as present day me lol.
What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Pay off my student loans and donate back to my alma mater (Aggie Pride)
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An emcee
Rock, Paper or Scissors? Rock
Favorite food: My mom’s Schnitzel
What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? My whole last album “Rage To Survive.”
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: I try to do at least one nice thing for a person every day, I don’t think I can rank them, because I think that really depends on the person’s needs. I just try and brighten someone’s day and help without asking for anything in return.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I’d like to learn to play the guitar and to fly a plane
Joined the Chamber staff: January 1973
Role at the Durham Chamber: Mable serves as special advisor to the CEO and CFO, providing knowledge transfer of operational information to assist in maintaining historical relationships and events.
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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
Director of Marketing & Communications
Joined the Chamber staff: January 2015
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.
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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)!
The Annual Report provides a look at the previous year’s strategic objectives, demonstrating the positive alignment between initiatives, actions and outcomes.
Key 2016 Stats:
- $876M in new investment
- 4, 256 new jobs
Click here to view the 2016 Annual Report.
Chamber in the News
- Durham Chamber picks Geoff Durham to be new leader – The News & Observer – February 16, 2016
- Nobel Prize winner visits Durham Chamber – WNCN – February 11, 2016
- We don’t agree: Triangle cities, chamber of commerce come out against sales tax plan – Triangle Business Journal – August 12, 2015
- Durham hits economic home run with ACC baseball tourney – WNCN – May 23, 2015
- Durham Celebrates 2015 NCAA Champions – GoDuke.com – April 14, 2015
- Business briefs: Kenan Institute, Durham Chamber … more – The Herald Sun – April 12, 2015
- Durham Chamber honors GSK’s Bob Ingram, Sylvia Kerckhoff – Triangle Business Journal – February 12, 2015
- Durham entertainment leaders work to form single voice – The Herald Sun – September 28, 2014
- Durham chamber honors developer who helped build RTP’s ‘strong foundation – The Herald Sun – March 27, 2014
- Goodwin speak on health overhaul at Durham Chamber forum – The Herald Sun – December 6, 2013
- Chamber networking event aims for record – The Herald-Sun – September 27, 2013
- Tata: Locals to get more say in road projects – The Herald-Sun – September 24, 2013
- Businesses learn about health-care act – The Herald-Sun – August 16, 2013
- Column: Learn to network at Chamber U – The News & Observer – July 22, 2013
- ‘Smoffice’ initiative gets international recognition – The Herald-Sun – April 26, 2013
- Durham’s ‘Smoffice’ wins global gold at World Chamber – WRAL TechWire – April 25, 2013
- Durham’s Smoffice wins! Doha style – Triangle Business Journal – April 25, 2013
- A Small Office Wins Big – Durham Magazine – April 25, 2013
- Clement to receive Greater Durham Chamber 2013 civic award – The Herald-Sun – February 4, 2013
- Chamber benefits everyone – The Durham News – July 17, 2012
- In Durham, investments of $3.6B – Triangle Business Journal – July 13, 2012
- Durham Chamber backs call for city-county merger talks – The News & Observer – May 30, 2012
- Durham launches a new Startup Stampede with 11 companies – WRAL Tech Wire – May 2, 2012
- Durham Chamber honors Krzyzewski Family – Triangle Business Journal – February 14, 2012