The 2016 NCHBA Regional Leadership Training Forums Prove To Be A
by Mike Carpenter, NCHBA Executive Vice President
RVP Cody Byrd’s first Region 9 meeting was quite a success, with four of the six HBAs in his region present. Byrd arranged an entertaining NC BUILD-PAC raffle that raised $3,065. Byrd’s meeting had the highest total attendance at 37.
RVP Hiram Williams scheduled the Region 1 meeting at River Landing Golf Course in Wallace. Six out of seven HBAs in the region were represented in the 24 people in attendance, and $1,800 was raised for NC BUILD-PAC.
All of the HBAs in Region 10 were present at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville. RVP Thomas McClain held a BUILD-PAC raffle that raised $2,765. A tour of the brewery following the meeting was enjoyed by many of the 34 attendees.
Region 3’s 28 attendees met at The Pit, a popular barbeque restaurant in Durham. Three HBAs were represented and nearly $6,000 was raised for NC BUILDPAC. Good job RVP Sean Holmes!

For more than a decade, NCHBA has held meetings in each of its ten regions across the state. This year saw the introduction of a regional training forum component, which proved to be a big hit with attendees. A total of 290 people attended the meetings held last week across the state. Forty-two (42) of NCHBA’s 60 local HBAs were represented. These 42 locals comprise 91% of NCHBA’s 13,174 current members.

“All the regional vice presidents deserve credit for organizing these meetings in great venues,” said NCHBA Executive Vice President Mike Carpenter. “The attendance numbers demonstrate the extra effort that each put into the assignment not only to turn out a crowd but also to get the local leadership to attend. With 91% of our statewide membership represented at the meetings, we accomplished our primary mission which is to get the word about NCHBA out to the grassroots.”

Two meetings were held per day starting on Monday in Asheville and Williamston; Tuesday in Wallace and Morganton; Wednesday in Aberdeen and Hickory; Thursday in Asheboro and Durham; and Friday in Concord and Burlington. The West team was composed of Brian Pace, Alan Banks, Kathy Craven Snodgrass, Steven Webb and Tim Minton. The East team was made up of Gary Embler, Sean Sullivan, Kathryn Stansbury and Mike Carpenter. Following prior precedent, Mike and Tim switched teams for Thursday and Friday’s meetings.

“I would also like to thank our Senior Officer team for its extraordinary commitment to travel the state for a week to spread the good word about NCHBA,” said Carpenter. “These meetings are critical to educate our local leadership about NCHBA and to encourage attendance at our future state meetings and events. Many of our current state leaders’ first exposure to NCHBA occurred at regional meetings held in years past. I predict that future state leaders