Occupation: Attorney; Of Counsel, McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA
Education: B.A., History, Wake Forest; J.D. UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law; M.B.A. University of Virginia
Family: Married to Sara Oliver Bissette with two children, five grandchildren
Major Elective Offices and Boards: former Mayor of Asheville; former President Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, WCI, Inc.; Vice-Chairman Carolina Alliance Bank; former Vice-Chairman Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; former President N.C. Arboretum Society; Asheville-Buncombe Economic Development Coalition; former trustee Western Carolina University.
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former chairman Buncombe County Board of Education; former chairman Eblen Charities Board of Directors; North Carolina School Boards Association; former board member Asheville Red Cross and Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
Education: BA Chemistry, UNC Chapel Hill, 1979; MD UNC School of Medicine, 1983
Family: Married to Jimbo Perry with five sons
Major Educational/Elective Offices: chairman, Dept. of Pediatrics, Lenoir Memorial Hospital; NC 7th Congressional District Advisory Committee on Medical and Health Affairs; Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics ECU and UNC Schools of Medicine; Board of Directors, Kinston Fellows Program; former Board of Directors UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Association, NC Child Daycare Commission.
Occupation: Founding President, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC)
Education: B.S. in Political Science, North Carolina Central University; J.D. UNC-Chapel Hill
Family: Married to La Nica Allison with two daughters
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Board of Trustees, North Carolina Central University; North Carolina Education Cabinet, Committee Member; Research Triangle High School (STEM), Founding Board Member; member Hope Community Church.
Occupation:Chief Operating Officer Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Education: MHA Health Administration, Pfeiffer University; B.A. Biology, UNC-CH Cytology, UNC-CH School of Medicine
Family: One daughter
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Former commissioner/vice chair, Gaston County Board of Commissioners; Representative, North Carolina House of Representatives; Board of Directors, NC Association of County Commissioners; Member Board of Trustees, NC Insurance Pool; Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church; NC Member, Partnership for Children; Member, CaroMont Health Board of Directors.
Occupation: President, Challenge Foundation Properties
Education: B.S. Appalachian State University; MPA, Western Carolina University
Family: Married to Erina Byers with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former member Western Carolina University (WCU) Board of Trustees; Twenty year law enforcement, retired NC Sheriff; ASU alumni, WCU Alumni, Catamount Club, member Kiwanis International.
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Raleigh City Bank Advisory Board, BB&T; National Association of State Boards of Accountancy; United Way of the Greater Triangle; Board of Trustee member Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC; Board member of IntraHealth International: NC Center for Nonprofits and Cary Academy. Former Chairman of Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees.
Education: B.A., Journalism, 1975, UNC-Chapel Hill
Family: Married to Bill Gage with one child
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former Chair UNC Wilmington Board of Trustees; member WHQR Public Radio Board, N.C. Coastal Land Trust Board; local Wachovia Bank Board; former member Southeastern N.C. Community Foundation Board, N.C. Association of Broadcasters, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board, Wilmington Rotary Club, St. John's Museum of Art Board and Wilmington Junior League Advisory Board.
Education: B.S., The Citadel, M.B.A., Golden Gate University, J.D., UNC-Chapel Hill
Family: Married to Rachael Goolsby with three children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: USMC Officer, past NC State Senator 2010-2014 served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary 1 Committee; Chairman of the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Oversight for Justice and Public Safety.
Education: Agricultural-Chemical Program, Wayne County Community College
Family: Married to Judi Keever Grainger with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: member and Chairman of Government Affairs Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina; former member North Carolina State University College of Education and Psychology Advisory Board; former member NCSU Parks Scholarship Board; former member N.C. Grange-Tobacco Executive Board; member Southern Crop Protection Association Board; former Chairman Economic Development Coalition 2000.
Family: Married to Debbie Hinton with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former president NC Association of Broadcasters; former chairman Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce; Distinguished Service Award, East Carolina University Alumni Association; Earle Gluck Distinguished Service Award, NC Broadcasters Association.
Education: B.S., Business Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill; J.D. & LL.M (Tax), Georgetown University Law Center
Family: Married to Beth M. Long with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former chair, N.C. Bar Association, Tax Section; former director, Caramore Vocational Rehabilitation Center; former director, Shepherds Theological Seminary; director Raleigh Hall of Fame; director Alzheimer's North Carolina; adjunct professor, Campbell University.
Occupation: Retired entrepreneur and community volunteer
Education: B.S. Nursing, University of Florida
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former chair, Western Carolina University Board of Trustees; former chair, Western Carolina University Foundation Board; former member, REACH of Jackson County Board; member, Western NC Film Commission Advisory Board.
Education: Salem College; B.S., Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former staff U.S. House of Representatives; member North Carolina Aquarium Society; member UNC Women's Leadership Council; founding member Friends of Cape Lookout National Seashore; former member UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors.
Education: A.B, UNC-Chapel Hill; J.D., UNC-Chapel Hill
Family: Married to Etteinne Mitchell with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: previously served both Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton as a member of the President's Policy Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations; former member, NC Aquarium Society, the Tryon Palace Commission, the Washington Performing Arts Society, American Advertising Federation, National Association of Manufacturers, Northern Virginia Technology Council and U.S. Olympic Committee; lecturer for the Investment Banking class at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Education: B.A. Economics, Wellesley College, Magna Cum Laude; MBA, Harvard Business School
Family: Married to Tom Nelson with two daughters
Major Educational/Elective Offices: has served as Chairman of Spangler Companies, Inc., a private investment firm, since 2005, and prior to that as a General Partner of Wakefield Group, a venture capital firm, since 1988. Member of several boards including C.D. Spangler Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and North Carolina Capital Management Trust; serves as Chair of Fidelity Charitable; formerly served on the boards of Novant Health, Presbyterian Hospital, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Arts and Science Council, and the YMCA of Charlotte. In 2011, became co-chairman of Project L.I.F.T., a public-private partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools seeking to increase academic achievement in nine schools in the West Charlotte corridor; named The Charlotte Observer's 2012 Woman of the Year.
Education: B.S., Business Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.B.A., Wake Forest University
Family: Married to Nancy Parrish with three children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Board of Directors CapStone Bank, North Carolina; Travel and Tourism Coalition, National Board of Boy Scouts of America; former member of North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board, NC Department of Commerce, and City of Raleigh Convention Center.
Education: B.A., North Carolina State University; J.D., Duke University School of Law
Family: Married to Robyn Pickett with one child
Major Educational/Elective Offices: member, NC Zoological Society; Duke Law School Future Forum; volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters; former member Pew Partnership's Greensboro Civic Entrepreneur Initiative; former member, Central Virginia Foodbank.
Education: B.S., Masters of Science Education, East Carolina University
Family: Married to Jennifer J. Rippy
Major Educational/Elective Offices: member, East Carolina University Board of Visitors, the East Carolina University Foundation, Cape Fear Community College Foundation, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, East Carolina University Health and Human Performance Advancement Council; former member of the College of Education Advancement Council, UNC Wilmington School of Business Advisory Board and UNC Wilmington Entrepreneurial Advisory Board; former chair of the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees, the Cape Fear Visitors Bureau, the Wilmington International Airport Authority and Friends of Airlie Gardens.
Education: B.S., Political Science, University of Wyoming
Family: Married to Joy Sloan with five children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former member Board of Trustees at Northwood University; Board of Directors Advance Auto Parts; Board of Directors Wells Fargo Regional Bank; Board of Directors Trail Creek Investments, Inc.; Board of Directors YMCA of the Triangle; Board of Directors First BancCorp NC; former Board of Directors Wake MEd Foundation; former Board of Trustee Ravenscroft School; former chairman American Heart Association Triangle Hart Walk; former Board of Directors National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Education: B.A., History, East Carolina University
Family: two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former Chair of East Carolina University Board of Trustees; former President of Association Executives of NC, former member of N.C. Institute of Political Leadership Board; member of N.C. Center for Public Policy Research board; past President of American Society of Health Care Association Executives; member of the Board of Directors of NC Institute of Medicine; former member of NC Social Services Commission.
Family: Married to Shirley Sywassink with three children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former chair and vice chair, Appalachian State University Board of Trustees; former director, Hiram College Board of Directors; director and former chair, Homes for Children, Inc., Banner Elk, NC.
Occupation: Senior Advisor, Shanahan Law Group and Consultant, National Center for State Court
Education: B.S., Business Administration, University of New Haven, Connecticut; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
Family: Married to Allyson Duncan
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Member, NC Dispute Resolution Commission; Member, American Law Institute; Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and Third Circuit Judicial Conference; Member, Federal Bard Association; Certified Mediator for U.S. District Court; former member E.D.N.C. Local Rules Committee; former chair, E.D.N.C. Local Criminal Rules Committee; former chair, E.D.N.C. Local Patent Rules Committee.
Education: B.S., Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Northern Virginia Community College
Major Educational/Elective Offices: member of the War Memorial Foundation; Senior Resources of Guilford, Partners Ending Homeless; Commissioner, High Point Housing Authority; former member of the NC House of Representatives; served on the House Appropriations Committee, including the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and various other committees, including Judiciary, Mental Health and Education; former member of the High Point City Council.
Education: B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill; J.D., NC Central University
Family: Married to Sharon Williford
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Assistant District Attorney, 12th Judicial District; Member, Bank of America Advisory Board; Member, Fayetteville Board of Adjustment; Member, NCCU School of Law Board of Visitors; Member, Cape Fear Valley Regional Hospital Board of Trustees.