The launch of the campaign, Business After Hours, and 30 years of Leadership Rowan will be hosted by the Rowan Chamber.


Alumni of Leadership Rowan are encouraged to attend and will compete to have their class with the greatest attendance rate win the title of “Best Class Ever.”

Ashley Efird (F & M Bank), Donna Groce (Trinity Oaks), Dr. Christine Lynn (Catawba College), Dr. Orlando Lewis (Livingstone College), Brad Walser (Walser Technology Group), Elia Gegorek & Icela Trujillo (Minority Business Council), Meredith Bare Smith (South Rowan Area Council), Pat Pfeifer and Christine Brown Auman (Cleveland Mayor), and Brad Walser (W (West Rowan Area Council).

Prizes will be given out during the Chamber’s board meeting on September 19 after the campaign ends on September 16. 30 new members, 90% first-year renewal retention, 10% Tiered Benefit Members for 2023 investments, and $5,000 in non-dues revenue are the objectives. Ten teammates have been selected by each team captain to work with them. For everyone who participates as a volunteer, fantastic gifts will be given out. A reward package worth more than $2,500 will be awarded to the top producer. Additionally, there are some unique benefits available to all new members.

All campaign volunteers will take part in sales training sessions after the launch to learn about new advantages and services. Sessions for sales training are scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, at 4 p.m. (in person) or Wednesday, August 10, at 9 a.m. (virtual)

Story Highlights

  • In honour of the 30 years of prosperous Leadership Rowan seminars, the campaign’s theme this year is “Chart Your Course,” and Chamber Members are asked to dress in nautical attire or don pearls.

  • Elaine Holden, chair-elect and campaign chair for the Chamber and director of the North Carolina Transportation Museum, stated that the organisation wanted to assist the entire business community in setting their future trajectory. We want to celebrate Leadership Rowan’s accomplishments and extend an invitation to everyone who isn’t a Chamber member yet to join the biggest business association in the area.