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Scott Crawford

Executive Chef and Owner, Crawford and Son

Scott Crawford is the Executive Chef and Owner of Crawford and Son. Known for his clean flavors and contemporary technique, chef Scott Crawford has earned esteemed praise for his approach to seasonal cooking in the South. After more than a decade as executive chef in luxury properties, including five years at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Crawford opened Crawford and Son in downtown Raleigh in November 2016 where he celebrates the seasonal harvest and local resources through his simple yet inspired preparations.


A five-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist for “Best Chef: Southeast,” Mr. Crawford has embraced the South’s rich agriculture, and blazed a trail of culinary prestige while cooking across the region.


Mr. Crawford earned the coveted Forbes Five-Star award at Herons in The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C., from 2010 to 2014, as he had previously, at The Georgian Room at The Cloister Hotel in Sea Island, Ga., from 2007 to 2009, and at The Woodlands Resort & Inn in Summerville, S.C., from 2004 to 2006. Under his direction, Esquire Magazine named The Georgian Room a “Best New Restaurant” and Newsweek recognized Herons among the “101 Best Places to Eat in the World.”


Prior to opening Crawford and Son in the Oakwood neighborhood, Mr. Crawford showcased his progressive take on Southern comfort food as executive chef of Standard Foods, where he also spearheaded the restaurant’s whole-animal butcher program and backyard feeder farm.


As the owner of Crawford and Son, Mr. Crawford’s leadership extends beyond the kitchen. Inspired by his own struggle with finding a healthy work-life balance in the culinary industry, Mr. Crawford has implemented a company culture geared towards fostering a healthy work environment for his staff. Additionally, he has taken on an active role in the community by speaking publicly on the sustainability of the hospitality industry as well as founding the Raleigh chapter of Ben’s Friends, a support group for food and beverage professionals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.


When not in the kitchen, Crawford can likely be found spending quality family time with his wife and two children, and traveling across the region.


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Hannah Dawson Gage

Retired Media Executive

Former Chair, University of North Carolina Board of Governors

Hannah Dawson Gage is a Wilmington businesswoman who built and managed radio stations in southeastern North Carolina for 25 years. In 2008, she became the first woman to Chair the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, which oversees 16 college campuses, including the North Carolina School of Science and Math, UNC Health Care, and UNC TV. Following her 12 years as a member of the board, Mrs. Gage served a four year Emeritus term that ended in July 2017.


Mrs. Gage served on the search committee that hired Erskine Bowles as President of the University of North Carolina System in 2005, working with Mr. Bowles until his retirement in December 2010. She then led the search for the next UNC President, Mr. Tom Ross, who began his term in January 2011. More recently, Mrs. Gage served on the 2015 UNC Presidential search committee that hired former US Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.


As Chair of the UNC Board of Governors, Mrs. Gage worked to design public universities that are sustainable and affordable for both the State and North Carolina families through focusing on operational efficiencies and better graduation rates. She also promoted moving more students through community colleges and using technology to deliver instruction more efficiently and more conveniently.


Prior to joining the Board of Governors, Mrs. Gage served for eight years as a board member and as Chair of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she led the school’s successful effort to establish a world-class marine science center.


Mrs. Gage is a 1975 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and St. Mary’s High School. Following graduation, she began a career in communications, working in radio and television news before moving to Wilmington in 1981, where she began her career in radio management with her family business, Cape Fear Broadcasting.


As a business leader, Mrs. Gage broke new ground in southeastern North Carolina when she started the first FM Contemporary radio station to target female listeners. She also established the first News Talk Radio station in southeastern North Carolina followed by the first FM radio station to target African American listeners.


In 1992 Mrs. Gage was awarded the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal for her contribution to the advertising and marketing industry. In June of 2009, she was inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. She has also received the YWCA’s Woman of Achievement Award and received the Outstanding Alumni Award from St. Mary’s High School in Raleigh in 2011. In 2012, she was awarded the state’s highest honor for service from the Governor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.


Mrs. Gage currently serves as Chair of WUNC Radio in addition to serving on the boards of BEST NC, an education advocacy group made up of business leaders across the state, and the Wilmington Wells Fargo where she has been a board member for 25 years. She is a former member of the Wilmington Rotary Club, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust Board, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board, and the North Carolina Association of Broadcaster’s Board.


Following the sale of Cape Fear Broadcasting and Cape Fear Radio in 2001, Mrs. Gage retired from radio. She has been married for 32 years to William Frank Gage, a registered architect in Wilmington. They raised two sons, Dawson Gage who resides in Wilmington and Stedman English Gage, who died in 2013.


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Hendree Jones, PhD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Executive Director, UNC Horizons

Hendree Jones, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Executive Director of Horizons, a comprehensive drug treatment program for pregnant and parenting women and their drug-exposed children.  She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology, UNC, Chapel Hill and an Adjunct Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Jones is an internationally recognized expert in the development and examination of both behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for pregnant women and their children in risky life situations.  Dr. Jones has received continuous funding from the United States National Institutes of Health since 1994 and has published over 185 publications, two books on treating substance use disorders (one for pregnant and parenting women and the other for a more general population of patients), numerous book and textbook chapters.


She is a consultant for SAMHSA, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Jones leads or is involved in projects in Afghanistan, the Southern Cone, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, and the United States which are focused on improving the lives of children, women, and families.


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Mark Mealy

Managing Partner, Colville Capital

Mark Mealy is the Managing Partner of Colville Capital, an investment firm he founded after 25 years advising middle market companies and business owners on growth and value creation. Prior to founding Colville Capital, he was a senior partner and major shareholder of Bowles Hollowell Conner (“BHC”), which was acquired by First Union Corporation in 1998.


BHC was founded in 1975 and was the preeminent middle market investment banking firm in the United States. Mr. Mealy joined BHC in 1989 from Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. Following the sale of BHC to First Union, which later merged with Wachovia, Mr. Mealy ran the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of First Union and Wachovia until the fall of 2004


Throughout his career at Wachovia and BHC, Mr. Mealy has advised on exclusive sale assignments, leveraged recapitalizations, and debt and equity financings for many private businesses and business owners seeking capital for growth and liquidity.


Mr. Mealy earned a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a member of the board of Motion & Flow Control Products, Inc., Kurz Industrial Solutions, Inc. and American Reprographics (NYSE: ARP). He is an active member of YPO, WPO and CEO, and serves on the Southern Region boards of YPO and WPO.


Mr. Mealy resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and their three children. Within the Charlotte community, he serves on the boards of the Mint Museum and the Community School of the Arts.


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Sam Thorp

Attorney, North Carolina School Boards Association

Sam Thorp is a social worker and a lawyer. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, with a Substance Abuse Certificate. After completing the MSW program, Mr. Thorp attended law school at Campbell University and earned his JD in 2015. His first position after law school was with Ward and Smith, PA, where he worked as a litigation attorney. From there, Mr. Thorp transitioned to the North Carolina School Boards Association, where he currently works as a Staff Attorney.


Mr. Thorp is passionate about and dedicated to improving community support and recovery treatment for individuals struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders.


Mr. Thorp and his wife, Anna, live in Raleigh with their dog, Wrigley. Sam and Anna love to travel, especially with Wrigley, and to follow UNC athletics. In his spare time, he loves to read the New Yorker and try new restaurants.


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