Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of key volunteer leadership at the Center for Private Business and a representative from each corporate sponsor.

Stan Kelly, Chair of the Center for Private Business

Drew Hancock, Vice-Chair of the Center for Private Business

Todd Johnson, Vice-President at Wake Forest University

Kate Reece, Director of the Center for Private Business

Darlene Leonard, Managing Partner, Smith Leonard PLLC

Leslie Hayes, Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank

Frank Holding, CEO, First Citizens Bank

Don Flow, Chairman & CEO, Flow Automotive Companies


David Weaver, Senior Executive Vice President, BB&T

Steve Berlin, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

TBD, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC


Business Leader Forum Advocates

Business Leader Forum is a critical part of the recipe for success at the Center for Private Business. Therefore, we have created a statewide group of Forum advocates.



David Neill

Richard Brenner

Randall Tuttle

Steve Pond

Ed Pleasants

John Burress

Ben Sutton

Jim Brady

Burney Jennings

Drew Hancock

Joe Budd

Mike Lancaster

Tom Sloan

Jon Bell


Laura Schulte

Ed Weisiger

Vicky Mitchener

Clay Grubb

Roy Richards

Robert Arey

Hunt Broyhill



Jack Clayton

Mike Smith

George York

Barry Hales

John Kane

Chip Andrews

John Skvarla