Leadership Triangle Presents 2015 Goodmon Awards for Regional Collaboration

“We are better when we work together.”
– CBC President CEO Jim Goodmon

2015 Leadership Triangle Goodmon Awards

The 2015 Goodmon Awards winners with LT President Winkie LaForce (3rd from left), Corp’s Jim Goodmon (center left) & ATC’s Michael Goodmon (right).

Capitol Broadcasting Company helped celebrate regionalism at the 2015 Leadership Triangle Awards Gala Wednesday, December 9, 2015.  The annual event took place at American Tobacco’s Bay 7 in downtown Durham with an opening reception followed by an Angus Barn catered dinner.

The Carolina Hurricanes have served as the title sponsor for all ten years of the Goodmon Awards Gala.  FOX 50 contributed as a table sponsor while CBC and American Tobacco are annual sponsors of the organization.

CBC President and CEO Jim Goodmon, Chair Emeritus of LT, is the namesake for the annual awards, as well as for the title Goodmon Fellow that all LT graduates become upon completion of one of the LT courses. ATC Real Estate Vice President Michael Goodmon now serves as Board Chair; FOX 50 Director of Local and New Media Sales Niel Sollod also serves on the board.

With a theme of “Access” the gala evening served to remind Goodmon Fellows, sponsors, award winners and guests of the connections and networks that can be made through Leadership Triangle.

“There’s no comparison to the growth in the Triangle,” said Goodmon.  “The Triangle is a Top 25 Market in the country when we work together.  Not just Raleigh or Durham or Chapel Hill alone.  Our future depends on regionalism.”

Leadership Triangle honored winners in five categories and the annual Hall of Fame inductee:

  • Economic Development – Liz Rooks, Executive Vice-President, Research Triangle Foundation
  • Community Service – Glen Warren and Fathers Forever
  • Arts & Entertainment – Pierce Freelon, ARTVSM
  • Goodmon Fellow – Jeanne Canina Tedrow, CEO, Passage Home
  • Strategic Partnership – XDS, Inc.
  • Hall of Fame Inductee – Tom Stevens, Goodmon Fellow and Mayor of Hillsborough

Tom Stevens is the fourth inductee into the Leadership Triangle Hall of Fame.  CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon was the first in 2012.

2015 Leadership Triangle Goodmon Awards

ATC’s Michael Goodmon (left) & Corp’s Jim Goodmon (right) with new Leadership Triangle Hall of Fame inductee Tom Stevens at ATC’s Michael Goodmon introduces the 2015 Leadership Triangle Hall of Fame inductee at the 2015 Leadship Triangle Goodmon Awards Gala in American Tobacco’s Bay 7 on Wednesday, December 9.

An integral part of reviving Leadership Triangle and making it sustainable entity back in the 1990’s, Stevens put up his own money to back the organization at a time when it only had a couple of weeks of funds left.  He personally backed a $5,000 loan to keep LT afloat.  Stevens went on to help create the first Personal Leadership Program that has lasted for 13 years, and created the LT tagline, “Leadership Triangle is something you belong to, not something you once did.”

“It really is about ‘we’,” said Stevens when accepting his award.  “Leadership is an exercise in ‘we’ making.”

He told the crowd he hoped they would continue living the tagline he created.

The evening also included a live auction, the largest annual fundraiser for the non-profit.  Established in 1992, Leadership Triangle works to fulfill its mission to educate, develop, connect and activate leaders committed to making the Triangle the best place to work, live and thrive through multiple annual leadership development classes, seminars and awards.

CBC also recently contributed to Leadership Triangle through the CBC Digital Elements team.  Under the direction of NMG’s Gordon Buchanan and Veronica Dyer, CBC Digital Elements rebuilt and relaunched a new website for the organization.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 Regional Leadership Program to be held in the winter-spring.  Find out more and access the application HERE.

SLIDESHOW:  2015 Leadership Triangle Awards Gala


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