August 8, 2019
DEFENSE ALLIANCE OF NORTH CAROLINA formed after merger
The North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA) and the North Carolina Military Foundation (NCMF) merged to form the DEFENSE ALLIANCE OF NORTH CAROLINA (The Alliance). Merger documents have been filed, and the companies will combine business operations in the coming weeks.
The North Carolina Military Foundation (NCMF) was founded in 2006 as a state-wide, non-partisan, privately funded economic development group comprised of distinguished military retirees and some of the state’s preeminent corporate citizens. NCMF leads high-impact strategic growth initiatives and positions NC’s leaders to preserve and grow the state’s defense economy.
The Defense Business Association (NCDBA) was founded as a professional trade association of businesses with interests in military contracting, government affairs, and supporting the state’s military installations. NCDBA provides networking opportunities and connections to promote defense related business within the state of North Carolina. It has been the host of numerous events across the state lead by volunteer members since 2009.
The Alliance combines the powerful leadership of distinguished military officers and industry executives, a large and active membership base, and an impressive set of standing forums and events to support North Carolina’s government, military, business, and academic communities.
MISSION: Grow North Carolina’s defense economy in a way that generates new long term investment and job opportunities.
VISION: Improve the state’s defense economy by leading high-impact strategic growth initiatives, providing information and networking opportunities to NC entities with defense sector interests, and positioning key organizations and senior leaders to assist in the expansion of defense-related business opportunities throughout the state.
Paul Friday has been named Executive Director of the Alliance and will transition into the role over the next month. Stuart Ruffin will serve as Interim Executive Director until Friday’s arrival, afterward working with the new management team until his long-planned departure later this fall. Tammy Everett will serve as Senior Director and Shelton “Chip” Lilley has been named Operations Manager.
The Defense Alliance of NC will be governed by an Executive Board led by Retired General Ken Glueck and supported by a Management Council led by Ruth Anderson with RNE Consultants.
Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC)
PO Box 3129
Pinehurst, NC 28374