2019-2020 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend Board

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend is supported by an incredible group of Charlotte-area professionals, influencers and innovators that each leave an indelible mark on our organization. If you are interested in joining the CWFW board, please complete this form and submit to info@charlottewineandfood.org.

Alison Summerville - BOARD CHAIRMAN

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Ali Summerville is the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend board chairman for the 2019-2020 season of fundraising. Mrs. Summerville is the Business Administration Executive with Ally Financial.

Summerville holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her role with Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend, her community involvement includes service on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Habitat for Humanity Charlotte, supporting economic mobility through affordable and sustainable home ownership. Additionally, she holds positions on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, which pursues business growth in the Charlotte region, and the Board of Advisors for Sharon Towers, a continuing care retirement community. Summerville was named to the Mecklenburg Times’ 2019 list of 50 Most Influential Women.

Board Members

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Tom Bohrer - Senior Credit Officer, Regions Bank/Regions Securities LLC

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Ray Chinn - Senior Vice President, Bank of America

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Don Cleven - General Partner, Wedge Capital Management

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Jeff Conway - Owner, 
Napa on Providence and
Ruth’s Chris Charlotte

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Chris Cope - President,
Allen Tate Mortgage

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Perrin Dargan - Retired Attorney

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Carlos Evans - Chairman,
Salem Capital LLC

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Debbie Frail -
Community Philanthropist

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Stephen Hannon - DDS, MS, Hannon Orthodontics

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Mark Maier - Retired/Former Business Owner

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Daniel Ness - Plastic Surgeon, Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

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John Reid - Charlotte Area President, SunTrust Bank

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Stephen Rose -
Global Growth Officer, PWC

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David Secrest
Managing Director, Barings

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Pam Smith - Vice President, Morrison Smith Fine &
Custom Jewelers

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Palmer Steel - Director - Structured Solutions, Wells Fargo Securities

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Paul Stein -
Advisory Partner, EY

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Jill Trainor - Managing Director, Commercial Rates and FX Solutions - Head of East Region at Wells Fargo

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Jimmy Whang - Co-Head of Credit Fixed Income and Municipal
Products Group, US Bank

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P. Thornton Withers -
Senior Vice President,
Lockton Signature Client Group

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

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Leslie Schlernitzauer - Co-Owner, Porcupine Provisions

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Phil Smith - Executive Vice President and Head of Specialized Industries at Wells Fargo

 
 

Staff

LAUREN DEESE | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

LAUREN DEESE | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MICHELLE HARDEN | EVENTS MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

MICHELLE HARDEN | EVENTS MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

LAUREN DEESE is the Executive Director of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend (CWFW). Deese manages the operations, marketing, and execution of the events and charity.

Deese spent close to 10 years in NYC where she started her career at Bon Appetit magazine working in both advertiser merchandising and events. After which, she went on to produce events for many of the nation's leading culinary festivals including The Food Network NYC Food & Wine Festival, Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival, Las Vegas Uncorked, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and Wine Riot, to name a few. She also spent 5+ years with experiential marketing firm, GMR Marketing, where she created incentive and meeting experiences for Cintas Corporation and Husqvarna, and most notably, led operations for the first-ever NFL Women's Summit at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.

Deese, a Charlotte native, is thrilled to continue to build upon the CWFW legacy, using her expertise and passion for wine and food to positively support the Charlotte community.

 

MICHELLE HARDEN is the Events Marketing & Communications Manager at Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend and is responsible for overall marketing and communications, ticketing management, and event operations.

Harden has been a Charlotte resident for the past 4 years, working with GMR Marketing. She has worked with high profile clients such as P&G and Visa at on-site events during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Harden has broadened her culinary horizons throughout her travels to China, South Korea, Romania, and Russia. She looks forward to incorporating these world renowned flavors and experiences at future events with Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend.