Gov. McCrory announced a bold initiative
to promote and facilitate commerce in North Carolina.
The goal: recruit and retain businesses in North Carolina, businesses that will create new jobs and enhance the prospects of all our citizens. Entrepreneurs in all industries and businesses of all sizes should find this initiative to be a sea of opportunity.
Our Speaker will be Mr. Tony Almeida, senior advisor on jobs and the economy for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Mr. Almeida joined the McCrory Administration in January 2013, after serving as the economic development director for the governor’s transition team.
In 2008, Mr. Almeida was named vice president, large business, of Duke Energy. This large business team was responsible for managing business relationships and services to the company’s largest manufacturing, commercial and institutional retail customers across the Carolinas and the Midwest. He retired from this position in 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Almeida served as vice president of business relations and economic development for Duke Energy Carolinas from 2006 to 2008. He served as vice president, economic development, from 2003 to 2006.
Mr. Almeida joined Duke Energy in 1979. After a series of promotions, he was named manager of consumer services for the Customer Service Center in 1990; general manager of the Customer Service Center in 1992; area manager for the Salisbury, Kannapolis and Mooresville areas in 1993; general manager of calculate and collect revenues in 1995; and vice president of customer services in 1997. He was named vice president of customer relations for Duke Energy’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas organization in April 2006.
Mr. Almeida graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and economics. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Mr. Almeida is past chair of the Charlotte Regional Partnership and also served as chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation Board, and he serves as a trustee on that college’s board. He also served as past chair of the North Carolina Community College Foundation Board.
When: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Havana Gril
404 West Chatham St., Cary 27511
No RSVP needed but would be appreciated.