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The 2013 Gray Classic | Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21

WELCOME TO THE 2013 GRAY CLASSIC This year we are extremely excited to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. The Gray Classic was founded in 2009 by Herb and Felicia Gray of Charlotte, North Carolina. It is Charlotte’s premier Golf and Networking weekend focusing on community empowerment. The mission of The Gray Classic is help provide an avenue for young students to achieve a higher education, engage young students through mentoring programs and to provide networking opportunities for our youth. Each year, notable business, civic and political leaders from the region and beyond gather to support the community and to raise funds for local charitable organizations. For the fourth year proceeds from The Gray Classic will benefit the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte; more specifically the Movement of Youth (MOY) mentoring and education program. The 100’s MOY serves approximately 50 students in grades 6-12. The participants are involved in activities such as Robotics, Financial Planning and Investing, College and University Tours, Nutritional Awareness and Tutoring. Education is emphasized in the MOY program, and good grades are rewarded with one outstanding high school senior mentee receiving a $10,000 four-year scholarship for his academic accomplishments. The Gray Classic has grown from one golf tournament to a weekend of events. These events include a Business Roundtable, Welcome Reception, Golf Tournament, Women’s Empowerment Brunch, Party With a Purpose and a Farewell Brunch. For more information and to see pictures from previous years please visit us online at

Mrs. Felicia Gray

Mr. Herb Gray

p.9 The 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte are a Brotherhood of Leaders Enriching the Lives of African American Youth Through Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Schedule of Weekly Events p.2


Gray Classic Sponsors p.4 Business Roundtable p.8 Friday Event | Welcome Reception p.18 Honorary Host | Public Official Hosts p.20


Women’s Empowerment Brunch p.22 Saturday Event | Party With a Purpose p.24 Sunday Event | Farewell Brunch Back Cover 2013 GRAY CLASSIC COMMITTEE Mr. Herb Gray Mr. Steven Myers Mrs. Felicia Gray Ms. Jina O’Neill Mrs. Angie Willis Mrs. Cynthia Ham Ms. Kendel Bryant Mrs. Michelle Horton Ms. Michelle Hernandez Mr. Donte Hooker Mr. Solomon T. Franklin




Over 1,000 participants throughout the weekend, between Ages 24-60+

Over 220 golfers attend the Golf Tournament


$ 40 K

Over 200 women have attend the Women’s Empowerment Brunch

More than $40,000 raised in the last 3 years for the 100 Black Men’s Movement of Youth (MOY)

SCHEDULE OF WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday, July 18, 2013 Business Roundtable Sponsored by Wells Fargo Knight Theater - Wells Fargo Auditorium 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Friday, July 19, 2013 Welcome Reception Delta’s Restaurant | 525 N. Tryon St. 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, July 20, 2013 Golf Tournament The Golf Club at Ballantyne 7:30 AM & 2:00 PM Tee Times

Women’s Empowerment Brunch Ballantyne Resort 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Party With a Purpose Hosted by The Grays & V101.9 Vapiano Charlotte | 201 S. Tryon St. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday, July 21, 2012 Gray Classic Farewell Brunch Upstream Restaurant 10:30 AM-2:30PM 2

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Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Golf Club at Ballantyne is among the finest PGA public golf courses in the region. Passionate about providing a destination golf experience, The Golf Club has continued to receive numerous accolades since inception including 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest and named as a top 50 Golf Resort by Golf World. The Golf Club at Ballantyne’s championship golf course is situated on a dynamic terrain, carefully crafted into the natural hills of the Piedmont. Golf enthusiasts of all skill levels will enjoy the challenging but fair course with multiple water features that come into play throughout the course. This Par 71, tree-lined course is ideal for individual play, group golf tournaments and outings. Golf facilities include an 18-hole Championship course, practice area, golf pavilion for events & lunch, golf pro shop, Dana Rader Golf School & golf event planners for golf tournaments & outings.

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The 2013 Gray Classic | 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc.


100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc. | The 2013 Gray Classic




The 2013 Gray Classic | 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc.


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Thursday, July 18, 2013 | Knight Theater - Wells Fargo Auditorium

Dear Participants, The 3rd Annual Gray Classic Business Roundtable is back! The theme for 2013 is “Building Bridges for Business: The World of Franchising.� Our goal is to provide you with a general working knowledge of all you need to know about franchising. This year we are featuring panelists that have first-hand experience with franchising. Their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable. I continue to be grateful that Bob Marshall and Wells Fargo are our sponsors again this year. A special thank you to our panelists and everyone who has helped to make this event successful. Thank you for your participation. Best regards, Herb Gray

Gray Classic Founder President/CEO of Life Enhancement Services 8

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Building Bridges for Business: The World of Franchising Welcome.....................................................................................................................Mr. Bob Marshall SVP of Business Banking, Wells Fargo Special Remarks…………..……….…………………….................................................Mr. Eric Watson

President / CEO, Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council

Introduction of Panelists / Structured Q&A…………………...............Professor Michelle R. Horton

Wake Forest University Founder / CEO, YOUniversity Drive

Ms. Nikki L. Austin

Area Coach / District Manager, Yum! / Taco Bell Corporation

Mr. Jeff Conway

Charlotte Prime, LLC dba Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Mr. James Waters

Waters & Waters, LLC dba Subway

Mr. Charles Winton

President, Estero Bay Chevrolet

Open Q&A...........................................................................................................................................All Closing Remarks.................................................................................……………………….Herb Gray

Founder / CEO, The Gray Classic

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Mr. Bob Marshall

SVP of Business Banking Wells Fargo 2013 Gray Classic Honorary Host

Bob Marshall is currently an Area Business Banking Manager with Wells Fargo Bank, and is responsible for leading a team of Business Banking Managers, Business Relationship Managers, Credit Analysts, and Business Associates in the South Charlotte geographic region. Prior to his current role, Mr. Marshall has held several banking management positions including Community Bank Executive for the Wholesale Banking Group (Wachovia Bank, NA), Corporate Retail Sales & Service Strategy Team Leader, and also Corporate Retail Bank Sales Manager. Mr. Marshall joined the bank as a Branch Manager in 1997. Prior to joining Wachovia Bank, he held the roles of Franchise Manager, Assistant Branch Manager, and Commercial Auditor with ITT Commercial Finance. Mr. Marshall began his career in banking in the Management Development Program at Nat West Bank, NA. Mr. Marshall graduated from Boston College Carroll School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Finance and Human Resource Management. He also holds an Executive MBA degree from Queens University’s McColl School of Business in Charlotte. Mr. Marshall has been involved in a variety of activities in his community. His most current affiliations include: •

Livingstone College Board of Trustees

Bethune Mays Classical Academy - Founding Member of Board of Managers,

Chairman (August 2009 – present)

Boy Scouts of America-Mecklenburg County Council, VP Special Initiatives (May 2010 – present)

100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, NC Chapter, Treasurer (June 2010 – present)

Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Recently, Mr. Marshall was the featured speaker on the inaugural Executive Speakers Series of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund “Rules of the Road in Corporate America” webinar. In 2011 he was profiled in the Third Edition of “Who’s Who in Black Charlotte.” He was selected for his work, dedication, and commitment to the African American community. Mr. Marshall’s travel includes fact-finding trips to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE and Cairo, Egypt as well as to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.


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Mr. Eric Watson

President / CEO Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC)

Eric Watson is Vice President of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for Delhaize America, which comprises the Food Lion Family of Banners (Food Lion, Harveys, Reid’s), Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford Brothers, and Sweetbay Supermarkets. He is responsible for the development and implementation of Delhaize America’s diversity and inclusion business strategy. He is also responsible for leadership and associate development, and measuring progress in the areas of culture and environment, diverse supplier development, minority recruitment and retention, education and training, and assisting in growing and sustaining a diverse market presence. In October 2003, Watson joined Food Lion as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. From 2007 through 2009, he also served on Food Lion’s Executive Committee and led the Talent Acquisition department. In February 2010, he became Vice President of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for Delhaize America. Watson has 29 years of experience in operations management, including more than 18 years in the field of diversity. Watson has developed strategies to impact business success by creating a vision to manage diversity, designing leadership mentoring programs to promote diversity and establishing an accountability system for business diversity. In his prior experience, he held the position of Executive Director of Diversity and Workforce Capability at the Williams Companies Inc., and was Vice President of Global Diversity for the St. Paul Companies Inc. He has received the following recognitions for his community and diversity & inclusion work: Corporate Diversity Champion Award from Pride Communications, Thurgood Marshall College Fund-Award of Excellence, Kappas of Charlotte-Man of the Year Award, Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award from The Diversity Forum, National Council of Negro Women – Brotherhood Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Middle Eastern Province Man of the Year Award, induction into Livingstone College’s Leaders’ Hall of Fame, La Noticia Excelente Award for Non-Latin Person Most Supportive of the Latino Community, Uptown Media Group’s Charlotte Catalyst Award, the Next Generation Network – Paula Banks Award, Savoy Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America, and Uptown Professional Magazine’s Top 100 Executives in America. Watson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and the Next Generation Network (NGN). He serves on the Board of Directors of the University of North Carolina-Center for International Understanding, and the Urban League of Central Carolinas in Charlotte. He is the Board Chair of The Diversity Forum in Charlotte, NC. He is a member of the Board of Visitors and the Corporate Alliance Program at Johnson C. Smith University, the Board of Visitors at Livingstone College, the Leadership Team of the Community Building Initiative (CBI), the North Carolina NAACP Youth & College Division Advisory Board, Board of Directors of The Park in Charlotte, NC, Lead Corporate Advisory Partner of the East Carolina University - Equity, Diversity & Community Relations Corporate Advisory Partner Group, a member of 100 Black Men of America – Greater Charlotte Chapter, and a member of the Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.

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Ms. Nikki Austin

Area Coach / District Manager Yum! / Taco Bell Corporation

Nikki L. Austin is an Area Coach/District Manager for Taco Bell Corporation owned by parent company Yum! based in Dallas, TX. Yum! is the #1 QSR Restaurant Group in the world and globally the 2nd largest employer, only behind Wal-Mart. She is responsible for overseeing $50 million in assets and revenues and her business portfolio consist of general management, operations, training/development, recruitment of talent, financials, assets and one system franchise initiatives and projects. Prior to joining Yum!, Nikki served as Director of Sales, Marketing, and Operations for Chick-fil-A Inc. She has also held positions at Avon Corporation and Bell South Advertising & Publishing where she focused on sales, advertising, and marketing. Additionally, Nikki spent time working in mass communications – from Infinity Broadcasting Radio Group, WB55 – TV, and two ABC Affiliates (WSOC –TV in Charlotte, NC and WSB-TV in Atlanta, GA), to the Dallas Morning News/ A.H. Belo Corp, where she held a myriad of positions from Inventory Accountant to Director of Sales, Marketing and Operations. Some of Nikki’s most notable business accomplishments include being #1 in the Yum!/Taco Bell sales organization in new business acquisition (350% over annual goal), generating a minimum of $650,000 acquisition business within the first 6 months, and receiving the Symbol of Success Award from Chick-fil-A for being in the top 5% of restaurants in the country. Nikki is also very active in her community. She has held numerous chapter and regional positions and appointments in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is currently the Corresponding Secretary for the Dallas Links Chapter, Board of Directors for The Florida State University National Black Alumni Association, Multiple Philanthropic Efforts and a Member of Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. Nikki resides in Dallas, TX and is a graduate of The Florida State University located in Tallahassee, FL where she received her B.S. in Finance. She also obtained a M.B.A. in Global Management from the University of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ.


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Mr. Jeff Conway

Charlotte Prime, LLC dba Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Jeffrey Conway has four Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses in Charlotte (2), Savannah and Asheville and a new restaurant concept called “Napa On Providence”. Jeff and Paula, his wife, own and manage the restaurants through their company Charlotte Prime, LLC. Jeff joined Ruth’s Chris Steak House in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer, served a six month term as President in 2003 and became a franchisee in 2005. Jeff and Paula opened their first franchise location in SouthPark in October of 2005, a second unit in Uptown in March of 2007, a third unit in Savannah in November of 2008 and a fourth unit in December of 2011. Napa On Providence (formerly the Providence Café) opened in December of 2012. Charlotte Prime and its affiliates generate approximately $18 million in sales and employ approximately 300 personnel. Prior to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Conway worked 10 years for Rent-Way, Inc. serving as CFO and President. During Jeff’s tenure at Rent-Way, the Company grew from 17 units and $7 million of sales to approximately 1,100 units and $700 million in sales. He also spent 7 years with Coopers & Lybrand and 3 years with Ernst & Young. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of the Mecklenburg County Chapter of the North Carolina Restaurant Association. He serves as Treasurer for the Ruth’ Chris Steak House Franchise Council. Jeff hosts the annual Heart Bright/ Ruth’s Chris golf outing. The Heart Bright Foundation provides education for healthy lifestyles and support to fund preventative cardiology programs in economically disadvantaged communities. Jeff graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1979.

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Mr. James Waters Waters & Waters, LLC dba Subway

James Waters is a budding entrepreneur from Asheville, NC. He graduated from Asheville High School in 1988 and felt a strong calling to join the ranks of those who had become warriors for the United States. Later that year, he enlisted in the United States Army until 1995 and fought in Desert Shield & Desert Storm during his tenure. It was after this experience that James went on to join the civilian work force and received his CDL license to make himself more marketable. He became a truck driver for the Budweiser Company and remained employed for 8 years. While working for Budweiser, James realized he wanted more from life. He didn’t enjoy working 13-14 hours each day and missing several major holidays with his family and friends year in and year out. It was one particular holiday where the reality of the corporate trap hit James pretty heavy. One year, on the fourth of July, the owners of the company he drove for stopped by the business to speak to the employees. The owners were on their way to the beach with their families while James and his colleagues prepared trucks to make their normal daily deliveries. This dreadful experience reminded James of his desire to have more out of life and to do something about it. He promised himself that day to find something he could do where he would never have to spend another holiday away from his family working. This turning point prompted James to begin exploring business opportunities for he and his family. At the time, he had no experience with franchising or running a business from start-up. One day, on his lunch break, he stopped at a Subway restaurant. He decided to take a chance and talk to the owner about all aspects of owning a Subway restaurant. The owner graciously agreed to share a great deal of information with James that day, including that all Subways were owned by individuals rather than a corporate entity. In November of 2004, he began researching Subway and all aspects of ownership with the corporation itself. By December 15, 2005, James purchased his first Subway franchise. When he started, his goal was to own five Subway restaurants. By January of 2013, he had completed this feat. He now has plans to complete the building of his sixth store by the end of 2013. He currently has one of his original five acquisitions under contract to sell for double what he paid for it just four years ago. Now, James has new goals. He desires to teach and train any budding dreamer with the tools necessary to reach their goals. James travels the nation teaching others how to develop plans to own businesses or franchises, successfully operate them, and maximize their net worth. He resides in Concord, NC with his beautiful wife Rhoda, his daughter, adult son, daughter-in-law, and grand-daughter.


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Mr. Charles Winton President Estero Bay Chevrolet

Charles D. Winton, Sr., was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Charles earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty-five years of experience in the retail automotive industry. This career began in 1985 with George B. Jones & Company. At the time, this was the largest accounting firm in the country solely devoted to serving automobile dealers. After leaving George B. Jones, Charles worked for the Gilliland Auto Group in Amarillo, Texas. There, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for three years. The company was the first publicly traded, franchised auto dealer group and later became Cross Continent Auto Retailers (C-Car). In July 1999, Charles relocated to Charlotte, NC, to serve as Vice President-Retail Operations for Saturn Retail Enterprises. Soon after, he purchased Kings Mountain Chevrolet in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. In October 2007, Charles opened Estero Bay Chevrolet in Estero, Florida where he serves as President of the company. Charles currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation. He also serves on the Minority Dealer Advisory Council for General Motors. Charles and his wife, Melanie, are the parents of two sons, Martin, a sophomore in high school and C.J. who is junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Professor Michelle Horton Founder / CEO, YOUniversity Drive Wake Forest University

Michelle Horton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of YOUniversity Drive, LLC, a social enterprise dedicated to helping high school and college students bridge the gap between academics and the real world of work. YOUniversity Drive’s missions is to empower students by providing access and exposure to people, perspectives and experiences they may not encounter as a part of their normal course of study. Students are encouraged to “get behind the wheel of their own success™” and become their own advocates by taking personal accountability for the behaviors and choices that impact their careers. Hence, the phrase “YOU Drive™” is both a philosophy and a call to action. In addition to leading YOUniversity Drive, Michelle serves as the Director of Experiential Learning and Leadership Development for Wake Forest University’s Schools of Business. In this capacity she develops hands on educational programs and mentors students to enhance their leadership preparedness, conflict resolution and management skills. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Michelle utilized both of her passion points, mentoring and marketing, as a Marketing and Retail Management professor at Johnson C. Smith University. Michelle is also active in the community - serving on the Board of Directors for Project One Scholarship Fund, being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., serving as a mentor for young women, and speaking at local colleges, universities, civic organizations and churches. Most recently, Michelle placed as First-Runner Up – Social Enterprise Segment in the 2012 Charlotte Venture Challenge Competition, was chosen as one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2011, was featured in the March 2011 issue of Uptown Magazine’s “Finest” section for up and comers in Charlotte, and was the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Professional Studies at JCSU. Michelle received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Wake Forest University, where she was a recipient of the Babcock Award – an honor given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional scholastic performance, leadership, and integrity.


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Steve Crump

Reporter / Anchor for WBTV 2013 Gray Classic Honorary Host

Prior to coming to the Queen City in 1984, the Eastern Kentucky University graduate worked at stations in Savannah, Orlando, and Lexington. He left Charlotte for three years and worked in Detroit and returned to WBTV nearly 24 years ago. Since the 1980’s, the Louisville, Kentucky native has covered a number of stories that have helped define a community and shape our city’s life. Among some of the moments that have impacted Crump’s career are fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, Hurricane Hugo, the arrival of the Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers, and the Charlotte Bobcats to name just a few. Beyond his daily reporting duties, Crump has developed a passion for long form story telling. Since 1994, he has produced 25 documentaries in partnership with PBS Charlotte’s WTVI. The subject matter primarily deals with the African American Experience, but the topics have been wide and varied. His travels on the documentary scene has taken him from South Africa to Sarajevo and even Sudan. The subjects here on home soil have ranged from the trials and fortunes of the Tuskegee Airmen to the 19th century role of African American Jockeys who were among the nations first sports stars. He been recognized with six regional Emmys, accolades from the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. His work has also garnered a number of awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and Crump’s accomplishments include recognition from the Congressional Black Congress Foundation, Sister Cities International and locally he was named humanitarian of the year from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Council of Negro Women. In 2013, he was awarded the Martin Luther King Medallion by the City of Charlotte.

A Special THANK YOU to our 2013 Gray Classic Public Official Hosts

Councilman James Smuggie Mitchell Jr. City Council | Charlotte, North Carolina 2013 Gray Classic Public Official Host

Councilman David Howard City Council | Charlotte, North Carolina 2013 Gray Classic Public Official Host

Chief of Police Rodney Monroe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief 2013 Gray Classic Public Official Host


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Mayor Steve K. Benjamin Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina 2013 Gray Classic Public Official Host

In a record turnout, Steve Benjamin was elected Mayor of Columbia in April of 2010. He has worked very actively in community initiatives with numerous public and private organizations dating back to his years at the University of South Carolina where he served as President of the Student Government and as Student Bar Association President at the USC School of Law. Mayor Benjamin has continued that service through the present, serving on numerous boards for nonprofit organizations such as the Columbia Urban League, Benedict College, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and as a Founding Board Member of the Eau Claire Promise Zone. He also served as a founding member of Choose Children First. In 1999, at age 29 Benjamin was appointed to Governor Jim Hodges’ Cabinet as director of the state’s second largest law enforcement agency, the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. In 2009, Benjamin drew national attention by representing prominent radio host Tom Joyner and securing a pardon for Joyner’s great uncles wrongfully convicted in the death of a 73-year-old Confederate veteran and executed in 1913. In a landmark decision, the South Carolina Board of Paroles and Pardons voted unanimously to grant the posthumous pardon, the first for South Carolina in a capital case. Having taken office in July 2010, Mayor Benjamin’s first term has been characterized by his firm belief in Columbia’s potential and the intense focus on economic development and job creation that has helped secure more than $1.1 billion in regional capital investment and create thousands new jobs in the midst of a national recession. Combined with the rebirth of Main Street, these accomplishments have drawn national attention and accolades including his being awarded an Aspen Rodel Fellowship, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Francis Marion University, being named one of The Washington Post’s “2011 The Root 100 List: The 100 most influential African Americans in 2011,” and most recently, being elected in 2012 as US Conference of Mayors Trustee. In addition to his work as Mayor, Benjamin practices law with Parker Poe law firm. He is married to the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin, a circuit court judge in South Carolina’s Fifth Judicial Circuit. The two are the proud parents of two daughters Bethany (8) and Jordan Grace (6).

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100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc. | The 2013 Gray Classic


Chirl Girl

Host / Producer of Chirl-Girl Show V101.9 FM 2013 Women’s Empowerment Brunch Host

Chirl Girl, an 18–year radio veteran, has hosted every format of music imaginable: country, beach music, top 40, gospel, urban and adult contemporary. Her first job in radio was at WSAT-AM in her hometown of Salisbury, NC at the age of 10. As a trailblazer of the industry, Chirl was the first African-American Personality to ever host a show on WSOC-FM (Charlotte’s country station). In addition to her many talents, Chirl has an extensive background in theatre. Her passions for the arts lead her to working with the North Carolina Black Reparatory Theatre and the Piedmont Players. She also starred in a local production of “The Bluest Eye” at the Afro-American Children’s Theatre. Chirl even worked as a theatre make-up artist at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Naturally, Chirl is a talented speaker. Her honors include awards from the Toastmasters organization; speaking engagements to benefit the United Negro College Fund, UNC-TV(WTVI), the Pride Awards and countless other events. She has been recognized for her continued support of her community through her volunteer work. In her spare time, Chirl can found reading, paper sculpting and dancing. And yes, she can do everything from shagging to line dancing to dropping it like it’s hot!

2013 Women’s Empowerment Brunch Welcome...............................................................................Felicia Gray Greetings.............................................................................HF Financial Purpose.................................Steven Myers, President 100 Black Men “Preparing the Torch” Introduction........................................Chirl Girl Blessing....................................................................Rev. Adrian Harper Brunch is served “Preparing the Torch” Discussion......................Chirl Girl & Panelists Acknowledgements • Belk • Novant Health • Osborne Law Firm, P.C. Door Prize Giveaways

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