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Our Speakers


Aparicio “Reese” Giddins

President and CTO of Greenwood


Pat Kahle

President of the Union County Chamber


Kelle Holgorsen

Latin Family Medical Clinic, MD


Sayera Qasim

Managing Corporate Counsel, Experienced Commercial Attorney, Strategic Legal Partner, Supply Chain Expertise, Commercial Contracts,  Business Management Background


Alexis Gordon

International Business Manager and Chief of Protocol 


Rick Scot

Vice President, Cyber Crime Specialist


Irene Zamora

Irene Zamora, 38, was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, and currently lives in Charlotte, NC.


Lt. Monique Holt

Patrol Division, Community Service Team, and Mobile Field Force Team


Michael V. Lee

Senator, NC General Assembly - District 9 (New Hanover)


Jennifer Halsey Evans

Medical Technology Entrepreneur


Philip Poole

Goalkeepers Coach, US Women's National Team


Commander Jonathan Cantor

Commander Jonathan Benjamin Cantor enlisted in the Navy in 1997 as a Nuclear Field Electronics Technician.


Adam Haines

Adam Haines is the head Basketball Coach and the AP Economics teacher.


Christina Renzelli

Christina Renzelli is a Transformational Coach who works with clients to create their ideal professional and personal lives.


Norm George

Norm George is a Coca-Cola executive who has a 40 year career track with the company.


Najam Usmani

Najam has a comprehensive leadership background. He managed combined assets and revenues of more than$100 million. He has hired, trained, and influenced over 2700 employees in a 25-year corporate & entrepreneurial career. 


Claire J. Samuels

Claire Samuels is a partner with James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.  For more than 12 years, she has practiced family law with a focus on premarital agreements, separation agreements, equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, child custody, alienation of affection and criminal conversation.


Paul Ledbetter

Paul Ledbetter is a strategic consultant to leading organizations and executives offering experience with emerging technology and business transformation. Grateful for educational opportunities at Oxford University and law school, his career includes leadership roles at GE Capital, KPMG, and Siebel. 


Sajjad Rashid

Sajjad Rashid is the Managing Director of Global Risk Management at Bank of America


Greg Martin

Greg Martin is the President of ERA Sunrise Realty.


Fabi Preslar

Fabi is author, speaker and owner of a publication company


Dr Walid Eltaraboulsi

He was awarded top doctor while at Carolinas Healthcare System and now he is a partner at Tryon Medical Group


Tracy Montross

Tracy Montross
Regional Director of Government Affairs
American Airlines


Tana Greene CEO MyWorkChoice

 Tana Greene is an awarding-winning business owner, author and speaker.


Cynthia Wiley

Cynthia is self employed as professional luxury home Real Estate Advisor with Engle and Volkers and represent a network of real estate professionals around the world. She sold over $2 million in real estate in her first year in the industry. Prior to real estate Cynthia worked in various sales roles and in Human Resources for various firms where she was responsible for the interviewing,hir


Daniel Levine

Daniel Levine founded Levine Properties with his father, Al Levine, in 1984, the same year he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in City and Regional Planning & Development. The company develops, owns and operates commercial a


Wayne Cooper

Wayne Cooper was born and raised in Oklahoma.  He moved to Charlotte North Carolina in 1976 after living in Mexico for several years.  With more than 50 years of International business experience, Cooper  co-founded TelecommUSA.


Chris Elmore

Chris Elmore has written 8 books, countless articles and is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and UNC-Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte. Chris started Avidxchange in 2000. Avidxchange is a 1.4 billion fintech company with 1000+ employees


Jill Dinwiddie

Jill Dinwiddie’s career spans higher education administration, government service, and non-profit leadership She has served on 12 different local boards in various cities, 5 state-wide boards, 2 multi-state boards and 2 national boards


Jeff Jackson

Jeff's career in public service began after the attacks of September 11th, when he enlisted as a Private in the Army Reserve. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was stationed in the tribal region north of Kandahar for his year-long deployment. After he came home, he attended law school at UNC-Chapel Hill


Sharon G. Portwood, JD, PhD

Sharon G. Portwood, J.D., Ph.D., serves as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research reflects an integration of her training and practice in law, developmental psychology, and community psychology applied to a broad spectrum of issues involving health and human services and policy and practice, particularly as they impact


Sarah French

Sarah French is an American journalist. She is currently an anchor/reporter for WCNC 36 in Charlotte, NC. and is an example of advocacy for victims of domestic violence. Sara will be sharing her stories with our Champers and giving them the inside scoop of how to pursue a career in the media.


Robert Caldwell

Rob Caldwell is president of Duke Energy Renewables and distributed energy technology. He leads the company’s commercial portfolio business, consisting of nonregulated renewable energy, energy management, battery storage and electric transmission businesses


Eddie Blanton

Eddie Blanton, CCIM, serves as a Principal/Senior Advisor with Tradd Commercial’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. He was awarded the CCIM designation in May 2001. He currently serves on the North Carolina CCIM Chapter’s Board as an Ex-Officio member as he was the Chapter’s President in 2010. He also serves as the CCIM Institute’s 2018 Technology Presidential Liais


David Upchurch

David Upchurch is one of the most succesful realtors in the Charlotte Area.

He comes to Champ Camp to share with our Champers tips on vision, perseverance and Leadership. He owns three Real Estate offices and has developed a team of experts in the area or Real Estate. We are excited to have him for our speaker in The Champ Camp.


Chris Carpenter

Former professional baseball player. He graduated from Kent State, where he played for the Golden Flashes. He 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


Karen Parker

Ms.Karen Parker is the President & Chief Executive Officer at Safe Alliance in Charlotte, NC,   which provides sexual assault and domestic violence services to over 12,000 people annually throughout Mecklenburg County and Lake Norman. She oversees an agency budget of over $4.7 million and directs over 75 staff, representing Safe Alliance through local, state and national


Ahmer Qasim

Mr Ahmer Qasim is a recognized visionary leader in the area of technology manufacturing and innovation. He is an accomplished executive with a broad business acumen in the management of domestic and global business operations and Fortune 500 entities. He is an expert in the fields of Operations Management, Strategic Business Planning, Revenue Growth and Performance Improvement.



Dr. Hazem El-Gamal

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 Surgeon


Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers, a long-time business and civic leader in Charlotte who has contributed to the vibrancy of Charlotte in a number of ways the past 45 years and has been recognized with multiple awards.


Beth Troutman

An American television personality that has lead famous TV shows and is considered an industry expert. She is an inspiring woman that has been able to balance her outstanding career and lead an exciting life.


Ms. Donna Cook

Mrs. Donna Cook is the principal of Marvin Ridge High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UNC-Charlotte. Mrs. Cook began her career in Union County Public Schools as a teacher and now is principal for one of the best high schools in North Carolina.


Mark Steber

Mark A. Steber is SVP and Chief Tax Officer at nation's 2nd largest tax preparation firm, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. He is a regular appearance on


John Tighe

A 35-year veteran of Arrowpoint Capital and Royal & SunAlliance, John has been President and Chief Operating Officer of the Custom Risk Insurance Division, and Chief Executive Officer of the R


Tehseen Ali Dahya

Mr. Tehseen Ali Dahya has been Senior Vice President of North America at BasWare Oyj since November 2, 2016. Mr. Dahya was a Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Verian Technologies, Inc. 


Dr. Syed Malik

Dr.Syed Malik received his training at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. Currently working as director of ICU at a hospital in South Carolina.


Robert Engle

Robert is a CEO of mid size company and travels 110 days per year on average. He starts his day at 6 am and ends at 8 pm (when not traveling). New product development meetings. As a CEO he is available 24/7/365.


Lori Love and Sarah Morrison

Lori Love and Sarah Morrison are realtors and property managers. They have been awarded one of the Top 100 Remax team in 2015. They are passionate about customer service and attending all clients need in timely manner.


London Fletcher

London Levi Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He played in 2 superbowls and won one. A hall of famer line baker who never missed a game in his illustrious football career


Dr. Farrukh Sair

Dr. Farrukh Sair is a successfull anesthesiologist who finished his under graduate from Duke University and finished his MD from UNC Chapel Hill


David Seroy

At age 26, David (born and raised in San Francisco, CA) decided to pack up and move to Charlotte, NC to take advantage of amazing real estate opportunities. He worked for Big 4 Deloitte and Touche before trusting his own skills and embarked on his dream of entrepreneurship. 


Steven Hockfield

Steven Hockfield is an attorney and partner at Erdman and Hockfield, LLP in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, earning his B.S. in Accounting, then earned his JD from UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. Mr. Hockfield's areas of practice include Business, Commercial and Corporate Law; Contract Law; Litigation; and Franchise Law.


Elizabeth Goodwin

Elizabeth Goodwin is a professional networker who connects legal professionals with law students and recent grads to help everyone reach their career and professional goals. As the inaugural Employer Relations Coordinator for Wake Forest University School of Law, Elizabeth developed an innovative outreach strategy to bring together practicing attorneys, Wake alumni, and current students.