Speaker Date Topic
Keith Fishburne Sep 25, 2017
Special Olympics --- Celebrating 50 years of Champions!
Special Olympics --- Celebrating 50 years of Champions!

Keith L . Fishburne has been the president and CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina since May 1997. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of the organization, including oversight of a $6.5 million budget and a staff of 24 full and part time employees.

From February 2002 to February 2005, Fishburne served as chairman of the Special Olympics United States Leadership Council (USLC).

In addition to being chairman of the USLC, he was the elected regional representative of the USLC for the SE United States with a term that ended in Feb 2005. He served as chairman of the Public Relations & Education Committee (PREC) and as a member of the Special Olympics Inc. 

Charles Francis Oct 02, 2017
Squash and Social Mobility
Squash and Social Mobility

Charles Francis is the founder and Managing Partner of The Francis Law Firm, PLLC.  A practicing attorney since 1989, Francis represents a wide variety of clients:  personal injury and medical malpractice victims, landowners whose property is being taken by eminent domain by the government, colleges and universities, housing authorities, cities and towns, insurance companies, businesses of all sizes, churches and non-profits.

Charles Francis has been committed to community service and leadership over the years.  He served as a Raleigh City Council member, Raleigh Planning Commission member, Vice Chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party, Vice Chairman of the Raleigh Wake Citizens Association, a Rex Hospital trustee, a John Rex Endowment founding trustee, a director of the Centennial Authority of the Entertainment and Sports Arena which built and operates the PNC Arena, a YMCA of the Triangle director, a Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce director, a member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and a Research Triangle Park Foundation director.

No meeting -- Columbus Day Oct 09, 2017
Carey Rudell, Program Director, Go Global NC Oct 16, 2017
Expanding NC's Global Engagement
Expanding NC's Global Engagement

Carey directs Go Global NC’s Global Leaders Program, which brings policymakers and business leaders to key countries to expand North Carolina’s international business, trade and education opportunities.

Before joining Go Global NC, Carey was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. In her most recent role, she designed and managed International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP). Through IVLP, the State Department’s premier professional exchange program, foreign leaders examine U.S. approaches to international challenges and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Carey previously served as the Portugal country desk officer, where she worked closely with the Department of Defense on the U.S. Air Force streamlining of its base in the Azores. Her first Foreign Service tour was in Mumbai, India, where she adjudicated nonimmigrant visas and provided consular services to U.S. citizens living and traveling in India. Carey’s most memorable experiences in Mumbai were opportunities to engage Indian youth – including volunteering at a local boys’ shelter and addressing Indian students interested in studying in the United States. She received a Meritorious Honor Award for her compassionate service to American citizens and a Meritorious Honor Group Award for assisting with President Obama’s 2010 visit to India.

Carey earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her international experience includes travel to countries across Europe, Asia, and South America for business and tourism.

About Go Global NC

Go Global NC connects North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. For 38 years, Go Global NC’s international education and training programs have empowered North Carolina leaders with the skills, understanding, connections, and knowledge to succeed in a global community. Go Global NC is part of the world-class, 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Learn more about how Go Global NC’s work strengthens North Carolina to act, grow, and prosper. 

Andy Penry Oct 23, 2017

Andy Penry is a well known commercial litigator with extensive experience in construction disputes (including accident and death cases) and securities arbitration.

Clients frequently call on him for his extensive knowledge of North Carolina courts and juries. Fellow lawyers often call on him to mediate or arbitrate their commercial cases. Business North Carolina has named him among North Carolina’s Legal Elite in Construction Law and Litigation. He has been recognized for Construction Litigation and Securities in North Carolina Super Lawyers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law, Construction Litigation, and Securities Litigation (including two awards for Lawyer of the Year for Securities Litigation).

Andy also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Wake Forest University and Campbell University Schools of Law, where he teaches courses in Construction Law

Matthew Kane Oct 30, 2017
Paul Harris Society thanks to Mary Moss
Paul Harris Society thanks to Mary Moss

Matthew and his wife Sonia live in Raleigh and have been actively involved as a Rotary family. Two of their children were selected to be Rotary Youth Exchange students and spent a year living in Santiago, Chile. Their family has hosted three international Youth Exchange students. Ryan, their oldest son, is the President of the Raleigh Midtown Rotary Club.

Matthew grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and has 8 brothers and sisters. He graduated with a Business degree from Virginia Tech and then he and Sonia spent 6 years in Houston before intentionally looking on a map to select Raleigh as their new home.  Matthew is the founder of Cutting Edge Engraving and operated this business successfully for 28 years selling plaques, awards and industrial engraving  before selling his business in June to 5-Star Awards, another Rotarian owned business. His new title is “Happily Retired Rotary Volunteer”.

Brian Maloney - Capitol Broadcasting Nov 06, 2017
Sports Media - Where things used to be - Where they are headed
Sports Media - Where things used to be - Where they are headed
Club Assembly Nov 13, 2017
No meeting -- Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 20, 2017
Kara Bonvillian, Roc Solid Foundation Nov 27, 2017
Building Hope for Kids with Cancer
Grant Berry Dec 04, 2017
PGA Tour caddie
PGA Tour caddie

Grant Berry has been caddie for over 30 years and has participated in almost 1,000 tournaments on the European, Australian, Asian and US PGA Tours for over 60 professional golfers including: Daniel Berger (present), Henrik Stenson, Carl Pettersson, Thomas Bjorn, Jesper Parnevik, Gordon Brand Jr., Howard Clark, Russell Claydon, Anders Forsbrand, Richard Johnson, Tom Gillis.

Grant has caddied for over $30 million in prize money, with 13 Tournament Wins and National Team Play including The Ryder Cup, Dunhill Cup, Seve Trophy and all four Major Tournaments, The Masters, US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship, numerous times. A career highlight includes caddying the winning putt in the 2006 Ryder Cup with Henrik Stenson.

Grant, originally from Manchester, England now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

No meeting -- Holiday Luncheon Dec 11, 2017
Robert Hosford, NC Department of Agriculture, Dec 18, 2017
"Sentinel Landscape Program"

"Sentinel Landscape Program"

Develop compatible land use partnerships to reduce encroachment pressures and incompatible land uses that threaten the military’s mission by protecting working lands and critical natural resources.

Robert Hosford

Accomplished executive with a proven track record in state, federal and international affairs, with over 20 years in senior management positions in corporate settings, state and federal government positions, government relations and public affairs for private entities and associations. Managed staff as large as 16,000 and budgets up to $32 billion. A history of advocacy and successful engagement with U.S. Congress, The Executive branch of the U.S. federal government and 7 state legislative/regulatory bodies. Issues management and crisis management trained.

No meeting - Christmas Day Dec 25, 2017
No meeting -- New Years Day Jan 01, 2018
Susan Gravely Feb 05, 2018

Susan Gravely is the Founder & Creative Director of VIETRI, Inc., a lifestyle brand offering Italian inspired and artisan crafted dinnerware and home and garden accessories. 

After over 30 years of managing the daily operations of VIETRI as both CEO and head Product Designer, Susan is now solely focused on leading VIETRI’s product development team and overall creative vision, utilizing her greatest strengths. 

Susan decided at the end of 2015 that balancing her dual roles was not in the best interest of VIETRI. Founded in 1983, VIETRI began with a trip to Italy where Susan and her mother Lee and sister Frances fell in love with the hand painted Italian dinnerware on the Amalfi Coast. Today, VIETRI is America’s largest Italian ceramics importing company, partnering with numerous manufacturers in various regions throughout Italy and Europe.