November 2012 Archives - Hood Hargett Breakfast Club

Duke Energy’s Jim Rogers hopes for bigger push from Charlotte on Democratic National Convention fundraising

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Duke CEO, Jim Rogers speaks to the Hood Hargett BreakfastClub

By John Downey
Charlotte Business Journal

Jim Rogers says local fundraising for Charlotte’s share of the costs for the Democratic National Convention is going well, despite strict limits on contributions and the tendency of many Republicans to consider the convention a partisan issue.

This is really something that isn’t about either Republican or Democrat. It’s about Charlotte, the Duke Energy Corp. chief executive told nearly 400 people at the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club last Friday. Later, he quipped he was getting ready before this breakfast breaks up to pass the hat.

But it wasn’t just a joke. That became clear after Rogers finished his remarks and Chuck Hood, owner of the Charlotte insurance company that gives the breakfast club its name, took the microphone to back him up.

I don’t know what Jim’s affiliation is, Hood said. I don’t know what yours is. But regardless, I would call on you to join me in a contribution today to the local (convention) committee.

Rogers is a Democrat, for the record, though he has personally contributed to political candidates of both parties. But he is insistent he is involved with the convention effort because of the benefits to Charlotte. And he hopes other business leaders will adopt the same position.

That has not consistently been the case as yet, he says.

You know there are a lot of Republicans who run businesses here, and they see this as an R’ thing and a D’ thing, he said, answering questions briefly after the breakfast. “And you just have to keep driving the message home that this is for Charlotte. This is not about the Democrats.

Rogers seldom talks about the fundraising effort in public. And he offered few details. But he says the campaign to raise up to $50 million from contributors across the country is on track.

(Watch Mr. Rogers’ full speech)

We are making progress, he told the breakfast club. “The rules as you know they have been historically ” they are tougher than for the Republican convention. Tougher than for any convention in the history of our country.

Charlotte needs to raise $40 million to $50 million to pay some of the costs of bringing the convention here. But the Democratic National Committee has said no individual can contribute more than $100,000. No money is to be accepted from lobbyists. And businesses are barred from contributing to the 501-c(3) organization that allows individuals to write off their personal contributions for the convention funding.

But a separate organization has been set up to pay for some of the Charlotte host committee’s activities. Business contributions to that fund will be accepted.

We are on the road to reaching our objectives, Rogers told the group. This convention puts a spotlight on our city unlike anything that has happened here.

Trent Dilfer: Panthers QB Cam Newton fated for sustained success

On Friday Jan. 13th, 2012 former Super Bowl Quarterback and ESPN Analyst Trent Dilfer spoke to the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club and really got the attention of the media and Carolina Panthers fans as he discussed Can Newton’s future and in related articles discussed Tim Tebow and the upcoming playoff games.

Panthers QB Cam Newton fated for sustained success

By Joseph Person
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For all the good things Cam Newton did on the field during his record-setting rookie season, it was a phone conversation Trent Dilfer had with Newton this week that convinced Dilfer the Panthers’ quarterback is destined for sustained success.

Dilfer, the ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback, called Newton on Tuesday to let him know he was coming to Charlotte for a speaking engagement. Newton told Dilfer he was finishing up a workout at Bank of America Stadium, and went on to describe how he’d spent the first two weeks of the offseason.

“He’s watched every snap of this season already on his own. He’s not missed a day in the weight room. He’s already running,” Dilfer told the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club on Friday at Carmel Country Club. “He’s already training as if it’s the heart of the offseason.”

Dilfer has been impressed with Newton since he attended a personal workout Newton held for media members last February in California. Newton’s physical talent and willingness to work were evident.

“I just saw the biggest, baddest dude throw a football like I’ve only seen a couple people in my life throw it,” Dilfer recalled telling an ESPN staffer. “I said, ‘This dude is going to change football.’ ”

Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore during the 2000 season, said Newton definitely changed the Panthers, who were 2-14 and had the league’s worst offense in 2010 before Newton arrived.

“This place was awful. Terrible. It was unwatchable,” Dilfer said. “And here comes this dude, he comes in and he just changes the team. Not just his play, but his personality. The energy he brings to the situation is incredible.”

Dilfer was not as kind in discussing Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, who has the Broncos in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs despite a passing form that is the league’s worst. Dilfer said if there are 80 quarterbacks in the NFL, the 79th is “exponentially better” than Tebow as a passer.

Dilfer, who said he has tremendous respect for Tebow, said the Broncos’ read-option package has allowed Denver to overcome Tebow’s flaws. With defenses first watching for a handoff to the running back or a Tebow keep, Dilfer said the Broncos’ receivers are often wide open when Tebow pulls back for a play-action pass.

Trent Dilfer ranks Broncos’ Tim Tebow among NFL’s passers: 80th out of 80

Chudzinski now on Buccaneers’ radar

Source: Charlotte Observer