David Breen spent forty-two years in the hospitality industry, working his way from dishwasher to General manger. David has had the privilege of managing senior leadership roles hotels, restaurants, Country Clubs, and major sports venues. His time in the hospitality industry has given him a core value of service for others two trips to Haiti, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Feed my Starving Children, urban ventures, and Inmates to entrepreneurs. David believes that in any business, there must be a deliverable back to shareholders, team members, and guests and is looking forward to bring these values to the non-profit world. He explains it this way if we say we are going to do something, then we should call it no smoke and mirrors. David has been married for 37 years and has three amazing daughters and three grandchildren. Hobbies are camping, hiking, and cooking; that’s what happens when you were a chef for 18 years.
Neal Maier is a managing partner at 3VE, a strategic marketing and creative agency located in Cary, North Carolina. Before forming 3VE, Neal has served in a variety of leadership roles in the marketing and automotive industries. A lifelong North Carolinian, Neal grew up in Belmont, NC, and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Currently serving as COO of Axccellus, Bill is a 30 year professional who brings his passion for creating cultures of organizational excellence driving substantial growth. In his 30 years of leadership, Bill has started up, turned around, and successfully grown businesses in many markets spanning from capital equipment to consumer goods in both private and publicly traded companies. In 2019, Bill brought his passion for his local community to Coalition’s Board where he actively works to drive the vision.
The Founder of Capitol Advantage Associates and has represented Fortune 500 companies as well as a variety of trade associations in North Carolina for nearly two decades. She was recently ranked 6th on the list of “Most Influential Lobbyists in the General Assembly” by legislators and her peers in the biannual report by The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.
Ryan is an accomplished, results-oriented entrepreneur with a passion for developing leaders and building collaborative partnerships across both the public and private sectors. He began his career in sales and marketing upon graduation from North Carolina State University (Raleigh NC). Leveraging a strong work ethic and tenacity, he has since enjoyed a blossoming career across various industries, building an extensive background in organizational leadership, consulting, public speaking, team building and development, training, process improvement, cost reduction, and fundraising.
Dr. Terrance Ruth
Dr. Ruth is NC State University Professor in the Department of Social Work. Dr. Ruth is one of the newest research fellows for the NCSU African American Center. He also spearheaded the launch of a Social Justice Foundation called the Justice Love Foundation. Dr. Ruth negotiated the partnership with United Way to form the $1M Anti-Racist Fund for the Triangle. Dr. Ruth is currently training Wake County’s Child Welfare Division on Race, Black Fathers, and Father Engagement. Dr. Ruth is the former Executive Director of the NAACP of North Carolina. Dr. Terrance Ruth is a former Administrator for Wake County Public Schools, was a Research Associate and an Education Policy Communications Specialist at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University, and was engaged in the Race to the Top Initiative and the MSP project for the NCSU Friday Institute.
Currently serves in a consultancy role for a company he helped co-found EcoPRT, an autonomous personal rapid transit startup. Prior to repositioning the company, he served as their Chief Operating Officer. He spent the past four years working within NC State’s Entrepreneurship program advising ~800 students daily on their ventures. He has deep experience in everything from the aviation industry to the bike industry. He’s also worked in commercial EMS as an EMT, set up and run 501c3 non-profits, and coordinated the Buffalo/Niagara YMCA’s mountain biking curriculum. He also serves on the business advisory board for Apex Friendship high school.
Systems Engineering Director for the Cisco US Commercial South Area, with over $2B in product and services sales. He is responsible for a team of one hundred thirty pre-sales engineers and is the business partner leading over five hundred connected team members. Greg has thirty plus years of experience leading teams in Direct Sales, Americas, and World Wide Channel Organizations, the US Army, a university networking team, System Integrator teams and volunteer efforts. Key milestones include being a Cisco Culture Ambassador and champion of the Why Cisco! Initiative driving benefits awareness along with talent retention and acquisition. Greg has a service-oriented mindset with a heartfelt passion for giving back and helping others, highlighted by his service in the US Army in Desert Storm, where he was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. He actively works with the Raleigh Rescue Mission and Jobs For Life.
Harryson Turner is Vice President and Commercial Banker at North State Bank with over a decade of financial services experience. He graduated from Liberty University in 2010 with a degree in Business Management and Biblical Studies. Harryson feels a true calling to serving his community and strives to add value through his role at North State Bank as well as other organizations. He currently serves on the Treasury Committee and Interact Committee of the Raleigh Rotary, Young Executive Committee of The City Club of Raleigh, and holds the position of Deacon at Vintage Church. In his free time, Harryson likes to improve his skills at rock climbing and wood working. Harryson is a native North Carolinian and lives in North Raleigh with his wife Madison and two dogs, Barnaby and Delilah. They are expecting their first child this coming May 2020.
As Senior Fellow, Joe examines fiscal and tax policy. He previously headed the North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform initiative within the Office of State Budget and Management, which led to changes in automotive fleet management, natural and cultural resources, and state contracting. He has spent his career improving operations and strategies at for-profit, nonprofit, and government entities. He has degrees from Johns Hopkins SAIS and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Marketing Associate at Sysco Foods, where she works to bring quality products and services to her many customers in the restaurant business and assist them in growing their business. Nan Wilkinson has also started a new business, helpKNX, to connect people with jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry. She has created an app similar to Uber for the restaurant industry to post and apply for gig jobs for restaurants. In her 12 years with Sysco, Nan Wilkinson has won many services and production awards such as the Prospector Award, Chairman’s Club, Penetrator award, and most recently, Torch-Bearer award for excellence in sales.
Jack has spent almost his entire career in technology sales. He has spent the last 20 years as President of a semiconductor manufacturer sales representative company. Jack has been involved in Summit Church’s Prison Ministry and it was there that he learned first-hand the struggles that justice involved individuals have with successfully finding employment, housing and community when they leave the prison system. Once Jack heard of the vision for CoalitionNC, he was excited to help in any way he could. He joined CoalitionNC in 2020 to help with the raising of funds to enable CoalitionNC to get up and running. Jack has lived in Cary, NC for the past 30 years where he and his wife, Helen, raised their 7 children.