Champs Meet- Wed 05/24/2017 6:30pm-8:30pm

Date published: May 24, 2017

Our Speakers for the month of May are:

Dr.Hazem El-Gamal - Charlotte Dermatology.

Dr.El-Gamal is a very well known dermatologist in the Charlotte area. He has worked with patients at Charlotte Dermatology since 2005.
He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and he is a fellow of Dermatologic Surgery (American College of Mohs Surgery).
He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has an undergraduate degree of  Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering from The University of
Minnesota. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, The  American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Cutaneous Oncology and The Charlotte Dermatology Association.

Chris Carpenter - Proessional Basebal Player.

Chris Carpertner is a former professional baseball player. He played professionally for nine seasons and pitched in the MLB for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox. He even had the opportunity to play a season in Tokyo, Japan. Chris was able to achieve his childhood dream of playing in the MLB, while learning many life lessons along the way which he has carried over into his new career as a financial advisor for SilverRock Wealth Partners right here in Charlotte.

Chris graduated from Kent State University and was a four-year letterman in baseball, as well as a two-time team captain.  In 2008, Chris was named pitcher of the year in the conference and an honorable mention regional All-American. Chris was also on the first All-Academic team.  He graduated with honors, with a degree in Business Administration. 

Throughout his career, Chris was always known as one of, if not, the hardest working guys on the team.  He learned very quickly that dedication to succeeding on the field meant preparing yourself off the field. He would push his body and mind to make sure he was in the best position possible to succeed.  His biggest fear was looking back at his career and saying “what if I would’ve tried harder.”  His career was highlighted by his MLB debut on June 14, 2011 in Chicago against the Brewers.  Chris was a hard throwing right handed pitcher that topped out at 102mph.  In 2011, Chris averaged the 7th hardest fastball in all of the Major Leagues.  Chris was traded in 2012, for then, Boston Red Sox GM - Theo Epstein.  Chris played for two years with the Red Sox before traveling to Japan in 2014 to play for the Tokyo Swallows. Playing in Japan was another highlight of his career.  The culture and way of life was amazing for Chris to experience first hand.

During his career, Chris was blessed with the opportunity to play a game that he loved with some of the best players in the world. He was able to make memories and relationships that will last a lifetime. Stepping on that mound, in front of 50-thousand screaming fans, was an experience like no other; but the real beauty of the game was getting to see the joy that you could bring to people’s lives.  At the start of his career, Chris always told himself that he would never think of himself as bigger than the game. He wanted to give back when he could and always take the extra time to sign an autograph or toss out a ball and make a kid's day.  For Chris, that was the real beauty of the game.  



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