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.
Dr. James S. Fulghum III attended NC State University, graduating with a BS degree in Zoology (Pre-Med) before entering UNC School of Medicine in 1967. His MD degree with honors was awarded in 1971. That year he began a residency in Neurological Surgery at Duke University Hospital, completing my year as Chief Resident in 1977. That summer, he joined Dr Leroy Allen, Dr. Lester Adcock, and Dr. Carroll Mann as a new partner at Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic.
Through 1990, his neurosurgical activity involved the surgical and non surgical care of patients with trauma to the brain and spinal cord, surgical and non surgical treatment of tumors and degenerative diseases of the brain and spinal cord in adults and children, and an increasing volume of patients with disorders of the spine requiring complex reconstructive surgical procedures.
In October of 1990, he was called to active duty with the US Army after Kuwait was invaded by Iraq. He was able to re-join his private neurosurgical practice in May 1991. Following his return, he decided to focus my clinical practice on spinal reconstructive surgery. After a renal transplant in 2006, he has confined his medical practice to performing epidural spinal injection procedures in my office fluoroscopic suites.
Over the past 35 years Dr. Fulghum has held partnership positions in Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic, Triangle Back and Spine Care Center, and the Carolina Rehabilitation and Surgical Associates serving, at times, as managing partner with budget, marketing, and personnel responsibilities.
Since 1988, he has been the managing partner of Deep River Farms, LLC. This is a 200 acre family owned farming enterprise in Chatham County principally involved in the poultry business. The farm has the capacity to raise 80,000 chickens and have been in continuous business growing for Perdue Farms, Golden Poultry, and Pilgrim’s Pride until the recession of 2009 forced the bankruptcy of Pilgrim’s. The farm continues to grow timber and will remain in the poultry business as the agricultural products market recovers.
Dr. Fulghum currently serves on the Board of Directors of the John Locke Foundation, the Board of Trustees of Montreat College, and the Board of Directors of Gardens on Glenwood Homeowners Association. He is a past president of the North Carolina Neurosurgical Society and Raleigh Academy of Medicine.
Charles F. Fuller is a South Carolina native who grew up in Wake County, North Carolina. He has worked over 30 years in business management with a variety of companies, nonprofits and North Carolina politics. Through his various leadership roles, he is often called on by former colleagues, community leaders, and elected officials to assist in solving difficult policy or management issues.
After serving in a variety of political roles including Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, he is currently the President and CEO of CB Holdings, LLC as well as the owner and chief consultant for The Results Company.
CB Holdings is an Executive Management and Marketing Firm specializing in the United States agricultural industry. The Results Company is a management consulting firm specializing in linking people and resources to overcome some of the most common workplace problems, including strategic advice on government-related matters. From crisis management and problem solving to capital fundraising and operations organization, The Results Company combines practical management techniques, strategic planning and hands-on business assistance to help businesses succeed. Current clients are in the agriculture, tobacco, insurance, real estate, and pharmaceutical industries.
He has served with the Board of Directors of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Business Steering Committee for Futures for Kids, the Fred Smith Charitable Foundation, and the Eblen Foundation. He has also served as an advisor or Board member to the following public policy groups: the Center for Citizenship Enterprise and Government, Protect Health Care Now, and (currently) the North Carolina Property Rights Coalition.
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.
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.
Carl Mumpower is a psychologist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina. He was recently reelected to a second term on Asheville's City Council. Dr. Mumpower holds graduate degrees in education, social work, and psychology, and has practiced in Asheville for the past 25 years. He is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
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.
Andy Wells is a principal in Prism Development, LLC in Hickory. The company develops, owns, and brokers a variety of real estate projects including apartments, office buildings, and restaurants. Wells is or has been active with the Boy Scouts of America, the Catawba Valley YMCA, and the Republican Party, where he served as 10th district chairman and is past Chairman of the NC Parks Commission. Wells received B.S. degrees in engineering science as well as furniture manufacturing and management from N.C. State University.