Durham, NC – Over 275 Triangle area business and community leaders converged on the American Tobacco Campus on Thursday, December 11th to celebrate leadership in the Triangle Region.  Illustrating the theme of this year’s event, Reflections on the Future, the evening began with a vignette from Wake Robotics, a Cary-based non-profit that provides STEM, advanced manufacturing and leadership development learning opportunities for k-12 students.  Young musicians from Kidznotes also provided a pre-reception performance.  Girls Rock N.C. closed the gala with an original piece.

At this 12th Annual Leadership Triangle Awards Gala, sponsored by the Carolina Hurricanes, five individuals and organizations that have made significant and measurable contributions to the quality of life and economic health of the Triangle region received the prestigious Goodmon Award.   The award is named after James F. Goodmon, President/CEO of Capitol Broadcasting, Chair Emeritus of Leadership Triangle, and a leader in promoting regional collaboration and development.   

The 2014 award recipients were:

Economic Development:  Formed in 1991, the First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), a self-funded non-profit, was the very first business incubator in the Triangle.  Today FFVC is one of the nation’s largest, most stable, self-funded incubators and has played host to more than 285 companies since its inception.  Over 60% of those businesses are still operating five years after graduating from the FFVC program.

Arts and Entertainment: Katie Wyatt is founder and Executive Director of Kidznotes, an innovative “music for social change” non-profit program currently serving over 300 students that come from impoverished backgrounds in Raleigh and Durham. Students receive approximately 10 hours of intensive classical music instruction each week at NO COST. Results from the classroom indicate Kidznotes is positively enhancing the intellectual, social and emotional development in the children

Community Service:  Activate Good is a nonprofit that helps recruit and connect individuals, groups, and companies to fulfill volunteer needs with currently over 230 partnering nonprofits around the Triangle. In 2013 alone, Activate Good facilitated 4,181 volunteer connections, providing a value of over $260,000 in volunteer services to 180 charities in the Triangle.

Strategic Partnership: GoTriangle Regional TDM Partnership is collaboration of seventeen partners throughout the Region aimed at reducing commuter congestion and improving air quality in the Triangle region.  So far, the project has reduced 237,412 daily commute miles traveled (equivalent to a daily trip to the moon) and eliminated 27,047 metric tons of CO2c (greenhouse gas) emissions    

Goodmon Fellow: A graduate of the 2011 Regional Leadership Program, Beth Turner exhibits the proactive regional leadership skills and commitment taught in Leadership Triangle programs.  She cofounded the local Girls Rock NC program a rock camp for girls throughout the Triangle, while also serving as a Town Commissioner of Pittsboro, serving on the Town of Pittsboro solid waste committee, and coaching entrepreneurs for the annual 100K Space Frontier Foundation’s ‘Business Plan competitions.

The Leadership Triangle Hall of Fame was formed in 2012 to recognize leaders who have created a lasting legacy of impact and excellence on Leadership Triangle. A highlight of the evening was the induction of the third Hall of Fame recipient, ROBERT A. INGRAM.

Bob served as an annual speaker in the leadership development class series and was a highlight of the program for ten years.  He sought out sponsorship for Leadership Triangle and involved Quintiles who has served as a title sponsor for many years.  In addition, he has hosted the Leadership Triangle Executive program graduation at the Ingram Collection for over five years.  His contribution to the Leadership Triangle has been outstanding and has been felt throughout the classes and organization for many years.

The Triangle area is consistently recognized as one of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan areas.    A regional perspective on economic development and global competitiveness is necessary to maintain the region’s status as one of the best places in the country to live, work and play.  The Leadership Triangle Awards Gala continues to reward regionalism as an important leadership perspective.

About Leadership Triangle
Leadership Triangle is a non-profit organization established in 1992 to educate and promote regionalism across the separate communities of the Triangle. It does this through regional and leadership development classes, seminars and awards.