2014 Center City Vision AwardsApril 9, 2014 9:51 am
Charlotte Center City Partners is proud to announce the 2014 Vision Award recipients. The Vision Awards recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made the Center City more vibrant, memorable place. During the 2014 Vision Awards, we celebrated and explored Charlotte’s culture of building through the theme, “Building to Win.”
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2014 Vision Award: Pat Rodgers, President & CEO, Rodgers
Many of the iconic structures, vibrant cultural organizations and civic institutions that make up Center City Charlotte are the evidence of Pat Rodgers’ vision brought to life. Her energy, business acumen and leadership have also enhanced a wide variety of organizations far beyond her company. Pat Rodgers has successfully led Rodgers, which was established in 1963 by her husband, B. D. Rodgers, for 27 years to become one of the top contractors in the nation.
2014 Special Achievement Awards:
The Special Achievement Award winners have had a major impact on Center City’s ongoing transformation.
Bobcats Sports & Entertainment, Inc.
For cultivating Uptown Charlotte’s development and vibrant nightlife through their dedication to activating the arena through sports, entertainment, community, cultural and major events.
- Fred Whitfield, President & COO and alternate governor, Charlotte Bobcats.
Romare Bearden Park
For creating a signature park in Uptown that will enrich the urban experience through dynamic spaces and programming for generations to come. Accepting:
- Dena Diorio, County Manager, Mecklenburg County
- Jim Garges, Director, Park and Recreation Dept., Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation
- Lee Jones, Director of Capital Planning & Alliance Development Services Division,
- Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation
- Ron Carlee, City Manager, City of Charlotte
- Bob Bertges Director, Wells Fargo Corporate Property Group, Wells Fargo
- Jim Dulin, Chairman, Spectrum Properties
- Marty Kane, Vice President, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, LLC
- Rhett Crocker, Partner and Senior Landscape Architect, Land Design
- Luke Volkmar, Architect, Neighboring Concepts
- Robert Bush, President, Arts & Science Council
- Nicole Bartlett Vice President, Arts and Science Council
2014 Settlers Awards:
The Settlers Awards honor the pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of Center City businesses, institutions or retailers who have been key contributors to Center City’s quality of life.
Mert’s Heart and Soul
For being a pioneering business that has served Charlotteans and welcomed visitors with great food and warm hospitality for more than 15 years.
- James Bazzelle, owner
For being a pioneer in the creation and continued success of Historic South End as one of Charlotte’s most authentic and unique neighborhoods.
- Terry Shook, Founding Partner, Shook Kelly
Program participants included:
- Dan Clodfelter, Mayor, City of Charlotte
- Kendall Alley, Regional President, Wells Fargo
- Michael Barnes, Major Pro Tem, Charlotte Center Council
- Jesse Cureton, Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer Officer, Novant Health
- Trevor Fuller, Chairman, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners
- Patsy Kinsey, District 1 Representative, Charlotte City Council
- Ernie Reigel, Board Chairman, Charlotte Center City Partners
- Michael Smith, President and CEO, Charlotte Center City Partners