Three Outstanding Business Leaders Named Charlotte’s 2015 Fathers of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--()--Three exemplary Charlotte-area dads were announced today as Charlotte’s 2015 Fathers of the Year.

The well-known Charlotte Metrolina area businessmen were selected by the National Father’s Day Council, which honors fathers for their outstanding commitments to their children and the values of fatherhood. They will be honored June 19 at Charlotte’s 15th Annual Father of the Year Awards fundraiser, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The honorees are:

  • Carl S. Armato, president/CEO, Novant Health
  • G. Patrick Phillips, retired, Bank of America
  • Richard “Stick” Williams, president, Duke Energy Foundation

“We’re proud to honor these exceptional fathers, who have so admirably balanced their personal lives with successful careers and community service,” said Jim Kelligrew, 2015 co-chair of the Charlotte Father’s Day Council, which has honored 73 fathers and raised more than $4.5 million here for diabetes research and education. The Father of the Year Awards are held annually in 30 cities nationwide.

The black tie-optional gala is sponsored by Electrolux, The Chris and Susan Kearney Foundation, Nucor, Novant Health, US Bancorp, Ally Financial, Cigna, Hearst Corporation, WBTV, Charlotte Magazine, Piedmont Natural Gas, Snyder’s-Lance, Polypore, La Noticia, Diamonds Direct, Adams Outdoor Advertising and Southern Spirits. The awards are at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 19, at the Westin Hotel, 601 S. College St., Charlotte. Tickets are $200 by calling 704-373-9111, x3266.

The American Diabetes Association continues to search for a cure for diabetes, the body’s inability to produce or respond to insulin, causing high blood sugar levels that often lead to blindness, kidney failure, amputation, heart attack and stroke, according to Dianne Roth, ADA executive director, central Carolinas area. “Without the $400,000 we’re raising from the gala, the ADA’s local outreach programs – serving more than 190,000 people in the Charlotte area who have diabetes – would be impossible.”

Charlotte also has honored SPX Corporation President and CEO Christopher J. Kearney; Carlos Evans, retired Executive Vice President, Eastern Commercial Banking Executive, Wells Fargo; Jim Kelligrew, Executive Vice President, US Bancorp; Nucor Executive Vice President Ladd Hall; Foundation For The Carolinas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Marsicano; Tom James, Executive Vice President, US Bancorp; Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Rick Puckett; Piedmont Natural Gas Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Skains; Bank of America Corp.’s Global Technology & Operations Chief Operating Officer Brett Carter; The Wheeler Company Founder H.A. (Humpy) Wheeler; former Mecklenburg County Manager Harry L. Jones Sr.; Minter Enterprises founder and former Carolina Panther Mike Minter; McGuireWoods Partner John Fennebresque; former Ally Bank and GMAC CEO Alvaro G. de Molina; La Noticia President Alvaro Gurdian; and former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot.

The American Diabetes Association provides services in more than 100 communities nationwide. The ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, call the ADA in Charlotte at 704-373-9111 or visit www.diabetes.org.

Contacts

American Diabetes Association
Pat Higgins, 704-373-9111 x3266
phiggins@diabetes.org

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2015 Father of the Year Awards announcement

Contacts

American Diabetes Association
Pat Higgins, 704-373-9111 x3266
phiggins@diabetes.org