Thank you to Secretary Marshall for her remarks during the December 13, 2023 Defense Industry Celebration hosted at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, the home of Governor Cooper and First Lady Cooper. We do not have a stronger advocate in state government than our esteemed Secretary of State.
A big round of applause for Ms. Tammy Everett, the DANC Executive Director for all she did to make the evening a notable addition to our holiday gatherings! This evening of celebration would not have been possible without our supporting sponsors:
- Grace Federal Solutions, LLC
- K2 Solutions, Inc
- Wiley Wilson
- Cary Economic Development
- Cii Technology
- Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation
- UNC Pembroke Academic & Military Outreach
- Washington Office Group
A special welcome to Trey Lewis from the office of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and John Whiteaker from the Department of Defense. Their continued support of DANC and its mission is sincerely appreciated.
It has been a good year for the Alliance. Our various forums – Science & Technology (Phil Williams), Facilities and Infrastructure (Joe Angell), Women Business Leaders (Iris Phillips) and Government Relations (David Hayden), have offered topical and thought-provoking networking events for our members and guests. We were also very fortunate to play a role in the North Carolina Defense Summit earlier this fall, which was a superb day of professional interactions sponsored by our good friends at the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission.
I am honored to continue my personal and professional association with DANC – both with the great volunteers who make up our Executive Board and Management Council and the many companies who are members. For myself, as a 4 year resident of the Tarheel state, it is invigorating to be a part of such an organization.
It was my pleasure to recognize John Bellamy for his position as President of the Management Council for the 2022-23 fiscal year. He did so with vigor, enthusiasm and total commitment and we are so grateful for his service to the Alliance and to North Carolina. John, thank you and with much appreciation!
On behalf of the Defense Alliance and our membership, thank you ALL very much for attending!
~ LtGen Mark Brilakis, USMC (Ret), DANC Executive Board Chair