Ann is president of FluentPR. She has harnessed the power of storytelling to help build corporate reputations for more than 30 years and for more than 200 companies, for tech giants like Alcatel-Lucent to innovators like F5 and VCs New Enterprise Associates and Zoic Capital.
She consulted to the North Carolina Technology Association, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, startups like Valencell, NextGlass/Untappd, Practichem (biotech tools), and smaller growing businesses like DocsInk, Adam Shay CPA and Summerfield Custom Wellness. Her board experience includes Executive Producer of TEDx Airlie, Advisory Board for North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), served as Chapter Board Chair and Executive Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta, as well as other economic development focused organizations in Seattle and Baltimore. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a BA in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University.
Carter has a strong background in business, marketing, and politics. She is currently the marketing director at Wilmington Ted’s Fun on the River, and a Marketing Consultant to Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry. At the same time, she is an Administrative Assistant at Carter and Carter, PA. Carter studied at the University of Valencia and the
Al is a retired local government manager having served jurisdictions in North Carolina and Virginia for more than 25 years. From 2002 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Council of Governments in Charlotte, NC. Previously he was a senior international consultant for RTI (Research Triangle Institute) on issues of economic development, democracy, finance and public management. He has a master’s degree from University of Kentucky and a BA from Penn State. Currently, he is actively engaged in affordable housing issues.
Al Sharp, Treasurer
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning her MBS in International Business. She is also a political consultant to local and regional candidates.
Carter Jewell Hamerski, Vice Chair
Ann Revell-Pechar, Chair
Bonnie Nelson, Secretary
Bonnie Nelson has a formal background and deep experience in engineering and business management allowing her to offer unique perspectives in not only what is possible but also what actually can be accomplished. She has formulated and implemented strategy and has extensive experience in long range planning. In addition, she has been responsible for establishing business direction in major corporations ($1.5-2B) as well as providing critical business consulting for a small start up internet company to turn it profitable. She has a broad perspective developed from her work in production, management, and worldwide business travels. She has a deep background in evaluation of international businesses, assessment of M&A viability, and business and technical consultation. She has fifteen years of senior management experience in engineering, manufacturing/operations, and business management. Bonnie has recommended strategic direction for two $1.5-2B companies, and she has provided company updates to industry analysts and security analysts. She has supervised up to 110 individuals with direct P&L responsibility for up to $40MM. Bonnie developed industry and market analyses used for business planning, facility expansion planning, and M&A in a diverse range of industries. She led global coordination to align regional market and sales forecasts with the goal of transferring that knowledge of industry structure to the company core business groups. She has eight years experience in development and commercialization of new products and state-of-the-art technology. She has been a guest speaker at international conferences on topics including: the World Market for Fiber and World Polyester Supply/Demand Dynamics. Bonnie has Six Sigma Executive Committee Training. In recent years, she has taken on multiple leadership and volunteer roles, including being a director of United Way of Cape Fear Area, a member of the City of Wilmington Comprehensive Plan Committee, a member of City of Wilmington Vision 2020 Committee, a member of the Cameron Executive Network, a director of Wilmington Executive Club, and a volunteer tutor with Community in Service.
Clark is the founder of CIII Associates, an urban planning, development and sustainability consulting firm based in Wilmington NC, providing services nationally. He is also co-founder of a startup venture Our Move, an investment crowdfunding platform focused on community based and supported real estate development. Prior to CIII Associates and Our Move, Clark held senior positions in an international consulting firm, and a leading municipality. He holds a masters degree in urban and regional planning, actively engages with civic organizations, and is committed to the mutual advancement of economic, environmental, and social priorities.
Graham has successfully navigated careers in business, government public policy and philanthropy simultaneously:
Business: senior executive at IBM; CEO of EDP Technology Inc./ECC International, as public companies; co-owning an Investment Bank; syndicating and managing 15 investment partnerships.
Government: Office of President, White House, member, two Presidential Commissions; Consultant to State Department and Education Department; selected as White House Fellow in national competition.
Philanthropy: co-founder, Chair, Congressional Management Foundation; President of White House Fellows Foundation; President of numerous public and private corporations and non-profits. Member of City Vision 2020 Commission; co-founder, Waterfront Task Force; Director, Cape Fear Economic Development Council; member, Cape Fear Future; Director, White House Fellows Foundation and Association, Chair of Valenti Committee, which honors the most outstanding supporters of the White House Fellows.
William P. Graham
Scott is an architect with over twenty-five years of experience, working locally with his wife, Lara, as the B + O design studio, pllc. Ogden grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati for his B. Arch. degree. Co-op work experience took him to both coasts in a variety of design firms. Later, he worked in Boston and completed graduate studies at Harvard University’s GSD, earning his M.Arch degree + teaching at the Boston Architectural Center. His practice designs a variety of projects, with a focus on modern + sustainable infill, residential, planning/landscape work + commercial projects. He relocated to Wilmington in 2005 from Seattle, WA, where he lived + worked for 12 years and had a prior firm Do2 for five years. His studio has won many awards in the last few years including AIA Wilmington (Honor + Merit), NC Modernist Houses (People’s Choice Matsumoto Prize), and Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development (several times). Ogden is a founding board member of CFEDC and has served as treasurer, as well as on the Steering Committee. He is a past president of AIA Wilmington, AIA NC state director (Cont. Ed. Programming), and board member and sectretary of CFGBA (Cape Fear Green Building Alliance). Ogden is an avid soccer player and Tottenham Hotspur fan (COYS!)
John is a licensed architect and Program Director of Sustainability Technologies at Cape Fear Community College. Wojciechowski holds a master of architecture degree from Tulane University and has over 22 years of experience in residential and commercial building design. At CFCC, Wojciechowski teaches courses in energy management, building science, green building, renewable energy, sustainability and environmental science. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Auditor. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is past president of the AIA Wilmington Section. Wojciechowski is also an active member of Historic Wilmington Foundation, Clean Energy Events, North Carolina Building Performance Association, and USGBC North Carolina Cape Fear Branch.
Lloyd is a co-founder of Cape Fear Economic Development Council and CEO of Cortech Solutions, a Wilmington-based neurotechnology company providing equipment, software and services to university laboratories, government research institutes and high-tech companies engaged in R&D, market research, and a variety of other pursuits. Smith moved his family and his business from Northern Virginia to Wilmington in 2001, leaving a role as vice president of sales and marketing with Neuroscan (neuroscan.com), then a division of the Marmon Group (marmon.com). Smith is a native of El Paso TX, has lived in Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Virginia and North Carolina, and has traveled extensively around North America and around the world. He has been active in economic development and environmental causes in the Wilmington area since he arrived. He is grateful to his wife Jennifer and his two daughters, Charlotte and Georgia, for their patience and support.
Clayton is a local history buff, a southeastern NC enthusiast, and a lifelong resident of Wilmington.
Working as a real estate agent and REALTOR®, Clayton makes it a point in his business to promote community stewardship and civic engagement with his clients and customers.
He holds a degree in Political Science from UNC Wilmington, and has a background in political consulting and campaign finance, and has experience working on political campaigns ranging from Town Council to US House.Inspired by the accomplishments of the Committee of 100, Dan Cameron, and Louis T. Moore, but aware that a more sustainable approach is needed in the 21st century; advocating for smart, sustainable economic development is at the core of his mission, both as a Realtor and as a Wilmington resident.Clayton stays active in the community, serving on multiple local boards including as Secretary of the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council.
Claire is a Product Manager at CastleBranch where she also operates the organic community garden. Outside of software and growing vegetables, her background includes transportation, inventory management, and small business operations. She studied operations at
L. Claire Appling
UNC Greensboro receiving her BSc and later a dual MBA in international logistics and supply chain management from UNCW and Hochschule Bremen.
She believes that true economic, social, and environmental sustainability are not mutually exclusive concepts and sincere intersector collaboration is key to removing the roadblocks to this reality. Claire also serves on WHQR's Community Advisory Board and aims to get more involved in supporting local wildlife.
Chris was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and lived there until he joined the military in 1974. He has served for 20 years on active duty with tours in Europe for more than 13 years. He served in Heidelberg, Augsburg, Nuernberg, Berlin, and Augsburg, Germany. A
three (3) year tour in Pisa, Italy, three years (3) in Panama and a tour in Thailand. and a variety of other locations around the world. He is the father of three (3) adult children, two grand-children and husband to his wonderful wife Lisa. His greatest passion is his photography and he has been a photographer for more than 40 years both as an amateur and professional.
Following retirement from the US Army in 1994, he worked in private industry in a variety of different positions including Sales Manager for a software company, Director of IT, and as a marketing manager. The last 15 years of his work life was as a sales professional for FedEx Services. He worked with clients to develop solutions to supply chain solutions for a variety of products and customers.
Current and past community engagement projects include:
Member of the Leland Economic Development Committee (LEDC)
Liaison to the Leland Tourism Development Authority (LTDA) from the Economic Development Committee
Consultant to the North Carolina Rice Festival
Brunswick Arts Council (BAC), Past Vice-President
Leland Area Rotary Club (LARC), Board of Directors
Cape Fear Chapter, American Red Cross Board Member