Building business leaders in Pitt County


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Bill McDowell

Bill McDowell is giving you the opportunity to become a business leader. He’s assembling some of the best business minds in Eastern North Caroline to share their wisdom with you. All you have to do is show up.

McDowell, Assistant Professor, Department of Management in East Carolina University’s College of Business, is conducting a series of free Leadership Luncheons at First Pentecostal Holiness Church – South Annex, 190 Plaza Dr., in Greenville.

The free luncheons are held each Thursday at 12 p.m. and wrap up at 12:45 p.m. Although the luncheon is free, donations are accepted. Visitors are invited to bring an associate who would benefit from the luncheon.

“We’re trying to facilitate leadership development opportunities in Pitt County,” McDowell said. He added, “I saw the need for this when I was teaching my Family Business Course. ECU endorsed the idea because it was a good outreach program.”

“I wanted to bring my expertise to the community at large,” he explained.

McDowell said business leadership requires the skills of learning and listening, customer service, and “not leaving money on the table.”

McDowell’s Leadership Luncheons featured Brian Cooke, mayor pro-tempore of Grimesland and Associate Director of the Small Business Institute at ECU. Cooke also serves as board member on the Mid-East Commission and as Region Q’s delegate to the NC Joint Forum for Economic Development.

Other business leaders who spoke included Ken Kearney, Materials Control Manager for Chatsworth Products, Inc., Bill Mitchum of Mercer Glass, Mitch Gay of BB&T and ECU’s Human Resources Director John Toehler.

McDowell invites business professionals to his luncheons, but asks they let him know ahead of time if they plan to attend. You may contact him at 252-864-0146 or


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