Charlotte 2020 Host Committee (CLT Host 2020, Inc.)

(page revised June 4, 2020)  

Charlotte 2020 Host Committee (CLT Host 2020, Inc.)  press releases

President and CEO  John Lassiter

Founder (1997) and president of Carolina Legal Staffing. Chairman of the Board of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina from Oct. 2014.  Member of the Charlotte City Council, Dec. 2003-Dec. 2009.  Board member Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, May 1992-Dec. 2003.  Senior vice president for human resources (May 1994-97) and vice president/counsel (May 1983-May 1994) at Belk Stores Services.  Assistant Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice,  1981-83.  J.D. from Wake Forest University, 1980; M.P.A. from North Carolina State University, 1977; B.A. in politics from Wake Forest University, 1976.


(announced July 20, 2018)
Ned Curran,
 CEO Emeritus, Northwood Office 
Doug Lebda, Chief Executive Officer and Company Founder, LendingTree 
Walter Price, Managing Director, Moore & Van Allen PLLC

National Finance Chairman  Louis DeJoy

President of LDJ Global Strategies, LLC. Finance chairman for the 2020 Republican National Convention.  Greensboro resident.

Chief Operating Officer  Towers Mingledorff

(Aug. 2018)  Senior account executive at SAS (analytics software company), April-July 2018.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (NC), Jan. 2016-April 2018.  Legislative assistant toe U.S. Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Jan. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Agriculture policy advisor in the North Carolina General Assembly (Sens. Brent Jackson and Andrew Brock), Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015.  North Carolina agriculture coalition director and deployment director on Romney for President, July-Nov. 2012.  Account coordinator for the Pinkston Group, Feb.-July 2012.  Field director on Jim LeMunyon for Delevate (VA), Aug.-Dec. 2011.  Political fundraiser for CAPTEL, Mar.-Aug. 2011.  Grassroots coordinator and sign director in Jacksonville on Pam Bondi for Attorney General and Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  Graduated from The George Washington University.  Originally from northern Florida.

Chief Financial Officer   Kim Bowman

Most recently has been self-employed preparing individual tax returns and working with wealth management company, Bowman Financial Group, LLC.  Worked part-time with public accounting firm Haas and Morgan CPA, PLLC.   Corporate compliance and human resources for HPI Management, LP.  Controller for HPI Management, LP, a real estate investment, development, and asset management group.  Worked in tax and audit at RSM McGladrey.  M.A. in accountancy from UNC Chapel Hill; undergraduate degree from Davidson College.  Originally from Southhampton, NY.

Finance Director  Rachel Kelley

Previously West regional finance director at the RNC.  PAC director at the NRSC.  Managed the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) PAC.  Worked on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) PAC.

Deputy Finance Director  Erin Gray

Events director for the NRCC.  A regional finance director at the NRSC.  Worked for Sen. Thom Tillis and for Gov. Pat McCrory.  Graduate of North Carolina State University.  Originally from Greenville, NC.

Director of Donor Engagement and Convention Events  Heather Dodgins

Founder of Red Pines Consulting.  Director of development for the American Heart Association.  Finance director for the Pat McCrory Committee during the 2012 election cycle.

Events Manager/Director of Post Convention Logistics  Hale Habenicht

Worked as an events manager for EAB in Richmond, VA. Degree in communications from the College of Charleston.   Originally from Wayne, PA.

Volunteer Coordinator  Stephanie Batsell

Worked for the Walt Disney Company in Florida for 19 years.  Bachelo'rs degreee in business administation and anagement from Kaplan University.  Originally from Long Island , NY.

Communications Director  Jill (Burleson] Kay

(Aug. 2019)  Community relations chair (from Mar. 2014) and chief of staff, July 2017-Aug. 2019 at Team CFA.  Vocational director at Golden Living, June 2010-Mar. 2014.  Chief of staff to the First Lady of the State of Indiana, Jan. 2005-Mar. 2008.  Graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, 2005.

Accounting Manager  Stephanie Speers

Manager of accounting operations for a West Virginia-based chemical technology development firm.  Executive assistant to a national restaurant entrepreneur.  Legal assistant for a prominent Rock Hill attorney.  Studied accounting at York Technical College.  Native of Rock Hill, SC.

Executive Administrator  Andrea Mathis

School coordinator for the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity at Smith Elementary School on the U.S. Army base in Baumholder, Germany.  Human resources assistant at Emory University.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Norfolk State University.  Originally from Wilmington, DE.

General Counsel  Scott Syfert

Partner at Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; with the firm from Jan. 2004.  J.D. from UNC School of Law, 1997; M.A. in foreign affairs from University of Virginia, 1994; B.A. in history and political science from UNC Chapel Hill, 1991.  Charlotte native.

Interim Communications Officer  Ashley Simmons

Director of public relations for Moore & Van Allen Public Affairs from Oct. 2017.  Strategic storytelling manager (Jan.-Oct. 2017), communications services manger (Dec. 2015-Jan. 2017) and communications manager in the Mayor's Office (Apr. 2014-Dec. 2015) for the City of Charlotte.  Chief public information officer (Mar. 2013-April 2014) and public relations coordinator and grant writer (Aug. 2012-Mar. 2013).  Public information office for Richmond County Schools (Fayetteville), July 2008-Aug. 2012.  B.A. in journalism and mass communication from UNC Chapel Hill, 2008.

ed. note: As of June 4, 2020 the website listed 13 people.  The top three are men, the next nine are women, and at the bottom is the counsel, a man.  There is one black woman, the executive administrator.