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Membership directory becomes searchable database

For years members have told us that they look forward to receiving their free copy of the annual NCCBI Membership Directory and Buyers Guide. The inch-thick book provided a handy way to find phone numbers and addresses of business people across the state, plus it offered a means of showcasing member companies through the Buyers Guide section.

But you also told us the Directory had a few faults. You said its size make it a bit awkward to use and that the last thing you needed was something else cluttering up your desks. Second, you complained that data in the Directory quickly became out-of-date. New members of the association often had to wait a year before being included in the Directory. The addition of new area codes in the state also made it difficult to keep phone numbers accurate. And we all know how quickly people change their e-mail address.

We wrestled with this problem for more than a year before coming up with what we hope is the best solution. From now on, the Directory will never be further away from your fingertips than your computer, and the data it contains will never be more than two weeks old.

In other words, we’ve converted the Directory into an online service available at the NCCBI web site, driven by a powerful search engine that we believe makes the Directory a useful tool for your business. Please check out the new online Directory by going to and then bookmarking the page.

Earlier, we shared this news by e-mail with every NCCBI member in our database and asked them to double check the information on their company in the directory. Most of this updated data came from the information sheets we mailed to you in April and which you mailed or faxed back to us in May and June. Many of you also updated your company information directly at the NCCBI web site. If you spot any inaccurate information in your listing in the database, or if any of your current information changes, please let us know by sending an e-mail to Kela Lockamy of the NCCBI staff at or by calling her at 919-836-1409.

Membership Campaign Update: This year’s membership campaign team continues to take shape with the announcement of the team from Progress Energy that will recruit new members in the service territory for the Raleigh-based utility.

John McArthur, former top aide to Gov. Mike Easley and current vice president of public affairs for Progress Energy, will head the team and Susan Battle will be his chief assistant.

Key members of the Progress Energy team include Bob Cutlip, Emerson Gower, Sandy Jordan, Jim Massengill, David Phillips, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Katherine Thomas, Gayle Van Velsor, Kerry Powell, Kathy Hawkins, Nancy Thompson, John Elliott, Dan Oliver, Vernon Dover, Craig DeBrew, Tom Watson, Fred West, Jeff Corbett, Todd Tucker, Ken Maxwell, Bob Dupuis, Wallace Horton, James Elkins, Rodger Sauls, and Pat Galliard.

NCCBI President Phil Kirk and Vice President of Development Rosemary Wyche led a teleconference training session for the campaign workers who are in the process of planning events, one-on-one solicitations, and increasing attendance of prospects at the association’s l9 area meetings this fall. “We are pleased with the level of commitment and enthusiasm from Progress Energy in helping us to continue to grow in numbers and effectiveness in representing the business community in North Carolina,” Kirk said.

The overall membership campaign is under the direction of Bill Coley, president of Duke Power and second vice chair of NCCBI.

Lisa Crutchfield named to NCCBI board
Lisa Crutchfield of Charlotte, vice president and general manager of the Southern Service center for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), has been appointed to the NCCBI Board of Directors to fill the unexperied term of Hank Miller of Wilmington.

Crutchfield joined TIAA-CREF in 2002; previously she was vice president of energy policy and strategy for Duke Energy Corp. Before that she was vice chairman of Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission.

A native of Pennsylvania, Crutchfield graduated from Yale University with a bachelor of arts dress in economical and political science and has an MBA from Harvard.

Membership News: New members for June 2002 include: Carolinas Healthcare Inc., Randall Madry, Raleigh; Computer Credit Inc., Gilmore Lake, Winston-Salem; D.A. Moore Corp., Thomas Novinc, Concord; Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Conference Center, Sara Lilley Phelps, Columbia; Garland and Drum, PA, James Garland, Gastonia; Mebane Charitable Foundation, Allen Mebane, Mocksville; Office of William R. McDonald, William R. McDonald III, Hickory, and Southern Assisted Living Inc., Chris Hollister, Chapel Hill.

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