On Wed. Jan. 16, 2019 we had our luncheon series for members at The Palm Restaurant. Our program started with Hood Hargett Breakfast Club member Bryant Brewer, VP at NewDominion Bank, introducing Fred Whitfield, president of the Charlotte Hornets. NewDominion is the Preferred Community Bank of the Charlotte Hornets, and that partnership carried through our luncheon, as Bryant and Fred talked together in a question-and-answer format.
Now celebrating their 30th year, the Charlotte Hornets continue to be an integral part of the Charlotte community. The team and players give a great deal back to the community, and the team and the Spectrum Arena are crucial to this region’s economic growth and tourism. Fred also emphasized their commitment to the customer experience, as Club members complimented him on the hospitality of the staff.
Fred spoke at length about securing the 2019 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, reaching long-term agreements with Ticketmaster to serve as Spectrum Center’s ticketing provider and Live Nation to book the arena’s entertainment, hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention, securing the 2017 NBA All Star Game and re-securing it after the repeal of HB2. He also spoke to the impact the 2020 Republican National Convention will have on the region, and praised the city for its nonpartisan approach.
Fred closed his time with the Club by sharing his story of HoopTee Charities, Inc, a North Carolina based non-profit he started whose mission is to provide scholarships for disadvantaged youngsters to attend camps and educational youth-based programs across the country.
We were honored to have Fred with us today, and salute him for his incredible work on behalf of our community. And we send a special thanks to Bryant for his hard work and preparation for the luncheon.