Herb B. Berkowitz was a fixture in Washington media circles for 25 years — not as a journalist, but as a “PR man.” Described by Public Relations Quarterly as one of “the most eagerly sought — and brilliantly skilled — PR executives who ever lived,” Berkowitz served as the top communications executive at The Heritage Foundation from 1977 until 2002.
Berkowitz now serves as Managing Director of Proactive Solutions Public Relations, a firm founded by his daughter in 1999. The firm has offices in northern Virginia and Wilmington, N.C.
A graduate of George Washington University, Berkowitz has won numerous awards, including the Public Relations Society of America’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil Award, and PR News’ Gold Key Award. Public Relations Quarterly has named him one of the top 100 public relations “superstars” in America.
Charlie Carter is a partner in the Raleigh office of the Nexsen Pruet law firm, where he focuses on regulatory and environmental matters before Federal, State, and local agencies, including air, water and waste matters. His practice includes permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters involving air, water, waste, brownfields, coastal management, wetlands, and related regulatory programs.
Prior to Nexsen Pruet, Charlie was in private practice in Raleigh and Washington, D.C., environmental counsel for Duke Power Company, Environmental Law Advisor for the Edison Electric Institute, and served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At EPA, he served in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) as Assistant General Counsel and Chief of the National Standards Branch of the Air Division. He also served as Associate Director for the EPA Office of Congressional Liaison. His responsibilities included PM and SO2 SIP implementation, hazardous air pollutants rulemakings and litigation, acid rain litigation and regulation, new source review, enforcement, and radiation matters. He also served as Congressional liaison for OGC and drafted substantial portions of the Bush Administration legislation enacted as the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, for which he received EPA’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service.
Charlie is a Past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association; a member of the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law and Administrative Law Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves as a member of the Council of the EENR Section; and is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the District of Columbia, before the U.S. district courts and courts of appeals for both jurisdictions, and the United States Supreme Court, where he was on the U.S. Government brief in the landmark administrative law decision, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council.
Chuck Fuller understands business and loves politics. He’s run campaigns on the federal, state, and local levels. Fuller found a way to combine his two passions -- business and politics -- by advising senior executives on how to promote a more business-friendly climate while navigating through the minefield of politics. Fuller is the President of The Results Company, the consulting business he founded in 1992. Fuller has over 30 years of experience in managing people and resources. He knows what it takes to make a business grow and be successful.
The Triangle Business Journal selected Fuller as one of 19 people who made a strong impact during 1999 -- “a spectacular year for Triangle business.” Fuller previously served on the Board of Directors and was awarded a Life Membership in the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Fuller currently serves on the Board of Directors for the John Locke Foundation and the E. A. Morris Foundation. He is a member of Bay Leaf Baptist Church and serves on the Stewardship Committee.
William T. Graham is an attorney in Winston-Salem. From 1987 to 1995, he served as North Carolina Commissioner of Banks. He formerly was a Superior Court Judge, and served as Assistant General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Graham has been involved in numerous political campaigns and served as chairman of North Carolina’s Bush/Quayle campaign in 1988. He received his A.B. in economics from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is a native of Waynesboro, Virginia.
John Hood joined the Pope Foundation as president in January 2015. He is the former the President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 with the support of the Pope Foundation and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. He remains Chairman of the Board at JLF.
Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers. It currently appears regularly in the Winston-Salem Journal, Durham Herald-Sun, Gaston Gazette, High Point Enterprise, and newspapers in 60 other communities. He also writes a monthly column, “Free & Clear,” for Business North Carolina magazine. Hood is a frequent guest on talk radio and serves as a weekly panelist on "NC SPIN," a political talk show broadcast on 16 television stations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington, Asheville, and elsewhere. He also created "Carolina Journal Radio," a weekly newsmagazine broadcast on 18 radio stations.
Hood is the author of six books. The most recent one is Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina’s Economic Recovery, published by JLF in 2012. Hood's other books include Selling the Dream (2005), Investor Politics (2001), The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good (1996), and two volumes of family history. He is currently writing the biography of former North Carolina Gov. James G. Martin.
Hood writes and comments frequently for national media outlets, particularly National Review and its blog "The Corner." His articles have appeared in both magazines — such as Readers' Digest, The New Republic, Military History, and Reason — and in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He's been interviewed by, among others, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, NBC, and Fox News.
At JLF, Hood created the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a yearlong program that prepares young North Carolinians for leadership roles in government, business, and nonprofits. He also serves on the faculty of the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership, the board of the William Friday Fellowship, and the selection committee for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.
Hood received his degree in journalism in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he founded a magazine called The Carolina Critic was eventually published on six university campuses. Hood currently serves as chairman of the Carolina Liberty Foundation, which provides financial support to conservative and libertarian student groups at Chapel Hill.
He is a Mecklenburg County native and currently resides in Wake County with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.
Dr. Assad Meymandi is a psychiatrist in private practice in Raleigh and the former chief of staff and board member of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. He has long been active in the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Southern Medical Association, and the North Carolina Medical Society, for which he served as chairman of the psychiatry and neurology section. He has been a radio commentator on health issues, a founder and associate editor of North Carolina Journal of Mental Health, a newspaper columnist, and a board member of several local arts organizations. Meymandi is a native of Kerman, Iran and a graduate of Arizona State University and the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Baker A. Mitchell, Jr. is an independent business consultant residing in Wilmington, N.C. Before entering the consulting business, Mitchell was Founder, President, and Owner of Community Health Computing, Inc. in Houston, TX. Before founding his own company, Mr. Mitchell was Chief of the Bioengineering Section at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has also taught at the University of Arizona, the University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Mr. Mitchell has published widely in the field of biomathematics. He is also the holder of two patents. He is the sole inventor of a patent for a computer file system for patient medical data and the co-inventor for a no-tangle decorative lighting set for Christmas trees.
David M. Stover is the former executive vice president of Maupin Travel in Raleigh. He was formerly director of marketing for York Construction Company, an assistant secretary at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, marketing research manager at Northern Telecom, a corporate public affairs officer at R.J. Reynolds Industries, and a senior marketing representative at Xerox Corporation. Stover received his B.S. in business administration from the University of Richmond and his M.B.A. from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.
J. M. Bryan Taylor is president of KPB Corporation, a North Carolina private foundation. Prior to working in the banking and municipal bond business, he worked on the staff of Senator Robert Morgan in Washington, DC. He is a long-time member of the board of the Myers Park Trinity Little League in Charlotte and serves on a selection committee for the Jefferson Scholar Foundation. He is a former board chair of Historic Rosedale Plantation, former board member of the Charlotte Museum of History, NC Trust for Public Land, NC Museum of Art Foundation, NC School of Science and Mathematics Foundation. He received a BA degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.