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    Ms. Michaels will take her new position sometime in April. Christine has 18 years of association management experience plus 10 years in journalism, marketing, and public relations. She has a B.S. Degree in Public Relations from Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, New York. Her diverse background includes economic development, communications, tourism, and government relations. Christine has served as the Chief Executive of two Chambers that both have achieved the highest ranking of 5-stars from the US Chamber. A 5-star ranking is for excellence in programing and management. Only one percent of chambers in the United States achieve this level of performance. 

    Christine joins us from the Greater Brandon Florida Chamber, where she served as Executive Director. The Greater Brandon Chamber supports MacDill Air Force Base. Christine has served as the senior executive in two other Chambers with a strong military presence, the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida and the Alexandria, Va. Chamber.

    “With Christine’s vast experience in successfully running Chambers, we look forward to new ideas and growth for our members. Christine brings a high level of energy and dedication to our Greater Fayetteville Chamber mission. We look forward to our partnership and Christine’s leadership,” says Kitti Jo Finch, Chair of the Chamber. “I’m thrilled to be moving to Fayetteville to take the helm of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber. I have been so impressed by the level of commitment of the board and staff to take the organization to even greater heights and continue to have a positive impact on the community. Thanks to the Board, staff and interim CEO, Darsweil Rogers, for their leadership during the transition. I will be stepping into a forward thinking, highly functioning organization where I can lend my years of chamber experience. I am in the process of relocating, and could not be more delighted to become part of such a thriving community. I can't wait to make Fayetteville my true "home" town!” said Ms. Michaels. 

    “We will begin the transition as soon as Christine gets on the ground here in Fayetteville. I am committed to providing a seamless transition of responsibilities,” says Darsweil Rogers, Interim CEO. “I know the staff is also excited to have a permanent leader of Christine’s caliber taking the helm.”  Following the transfer of the organization Darsweil Rogers will return to his coaching and consulting practice with Cape Fear Partners. “While I am leaving the CEO position, I will remain very active. I am truly committed to helping our businesses and non-profit organizations realize their unlimited potential to generate economic opportunities across our community.”


    Click for pictures from the Banquet

    The Chamber celebrated another year of business and community excellence Friday night, March 24th at the Crown Expo Center.  The list of nominees for each of the categories speaks volumes about the passion, drive and determination within our community to make Fayetteville an example for others to follow.  We are a community where our distinct diversities do not separate us but rather draw us closer together for combined strength and resilience.  Bravo and well done to all of the nominees ~ Realtor Cup:  Jim Grafstrom, Mary Lynn Bryan, and Mark Pezzella, ATHENA Leadership Award:  Bill Bowman, Kristie Meave Allen, and Sandy Ammons, Business of the Year:  Bragg Mutual Federal Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Advantage, and Fleet Feet Runners Spot, each well deserving for your contributions to making Fayetteville something to brag about!


  • Mary Lynn McCree Bryan - Ms. Bryan is Chair of the board of Methodist University Trustees and is credited with the success of a $35 million capital campaign. At the same time, she has led the NC Civil War History Center initiative which will bring a state-funded history center to Fayetteville, NC. The NC Civil War History Center is expected to result in the creation of 212 jobs and substantial growth in tourism and related spending in Fayetteville, NC.  Mary Lynn McCree Bryan was instrumental in the creation of Cumberland Community Foundation, having served two different maximum terms for a total of 24 years. (Service years 1985/94 and 1998/2010, including twice as president of the board of directors.) During that time the foundation grew from $1.8 million in assets to $35 million in assets. Her quiet determination and strategic leadership helped the fledgling foundation overcome barriers and become the successful $75 million organization that it is today.  Thanks to her, we have a successful community foundation that grants almost $4 million every year to this community and a beautiful private college with an expanded campus that has national award winning programs. And, soon we will have a statewide history center that drives tourism and the economy in Fayetteville.
    The Realtor Cup is awarded to the business person who has made the most outstanding contribution to the civic, economic and cultural growth of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.  In addition, the recipient must have demonstrated qualities that define excellence in both business and community service.

    There are three organizations in our community that had a focus on women, leadership, empowerment and business in our community. There are BUGS (Between Us Girls) The Fayetteville Ladies Power Lunch and Woman's View Magazine. The initial entrepreneurs did a great job getting them started, however they in differing ways struggled to be able to maintain and scale the opportunities. Bill Bowman, publisher and founder of Up & Coming Weekly personally adopted all three of these projects because he knew the women of this community needed them and their demise would leave a major void in the Fayetteville community. Today all three woman focused organizations are thriving thanks to Bill's support and vision.
    The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman or man who demonstrates professional excellence and who encourages women to achieve their full leadership potential.  The nominee is an individual who gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

  • A local business started by entrepreneurs Katina and Lou Guzman on Hay Street in March of 2015, the Runners Spot has been one of the most active businesses within our community, supporting several community and charity runs including the All American Marathon, Race 13.1 as well as 5k runs for the fight against breast cancer, leukemia awareness, mental health and diabetes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Methodist University, and the Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center.  The Runners Spot also provides gently used shoes to our NC Veterans home and local churches.  They are active participants with the Wounded Warrior program to help our wounded soldiers by providing custom fit running or walking shoes.


    Katina and Lou Guzman


    The Business of the Year Award recognizes outstanding business leadership and achievement in our community. Your nominee should have demonstrated outstanding commitment to business best practices, innovation, creativity and a commitment to the development of their employees.

  • Also Recognized...

    Mayor's Small Business Award Winner

    The Mayor’s Small Business of the Month Award showcases small businesses for their contributions in growing a greater Fayetteville.


    Fayetteville Young Professional of the Year:

    Celebrating young professionals who have taken ownership in the future successes of our community.

      Albeiro Florez of Walker Florez Consulting Group Corp.


    And the coveted Chairman's Award, chosen by the current Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Fayetteville Chamber to the individual who has excelled and gone above and beyond in their participation within the Chamber. was awarded to Mr. Gary Rogers of Beasley Media Group.

  • THANK YOU! to our Sponsors


    CenturyLink   l  Crown Complex  l  Jerome Scott, The Insurance Guy

    Fayetteville Public Works Commission  l  Up & Coming Weekly

    AARAY Magazine   l  American Uniform Sales, Inc. l  Campbell University

    Fayetteville State University  l  Fayetteville Technical Community College

    B&B Catering & Event Planning, Inc.  l   BB&T   l     Cape Fear Partners

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