Source: Charlotte Business Journal
by Erik Spanberg
March Madness has just begun, but why not make plans for next year’s tournament? Charlotte is hosting second- and third-round games in 2015 and, two days before the Final Four, Woody Durham will come to town.
As any North Carolina fan knows, Durham, 72, called Tar Heels football and men’s basketball games for 40 years before retiring in 2011. On April 2, 2015, Durham will speak to the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club at Carmel Country Club. The private networking club has landed a number of media, sports and political notables in recent years.
Jenn Snyder, club executive director, says she has one other speaker confirmed for 2015: Jonathan Karl of ABC, who is here Oct. 9. Check your calendar: Do you already have plans for October 2015?
Karl, chief White House correspondent at ABC News, is a regular on World News with Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America, among other news broadcasts. He follows fellow ABC reporter Martha Raddatz, the network’s senior foreign news correspondent, who spoke at Hood Hargett last Friday.
The missing Malaysia Airlines plane nearly caused Raddatz to cancel her appearance. Instead, she hired a driver to bring her from Washington to Charlotte, allowing Raddatz to keep working sources by phone while chasing the latest developments.
Last Thursday evening, during a reception for Raddatz and Hood Hargett VIPs, Snyder helped the ABC correspondent find a TV so she could see ABC anchor Diane Sawyer sharing details of Raddatz’s reporting from her lengthy Charlotte commute.
For those seeking more immediate plans, Chad Knaus, crew chief for six-time NASCAR season champion Jimmie Johnson, speaks to the Hood Hargett Club at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on April 9, followed by CBS Sports analyst Nick Faldo on May 2.
Faldo will be here covering the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club that weekend.
Erik Spanberg covers government, sports business, hospitality and airlines for the Charlotte Business Journal.