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    2016 Diamond Chamber Champions

    Our Diamond-level Chamber Champions demonstrate the highest level of commitment to the Wilson Chamber of Commerce.  Due in large part to their generous financial support, the Chamber is able to deliver a high quality program of work that all of our members can enjoy.  We thank the following members for answering the call to be Diamond Champions in 2016-2017:

     

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    BB&T was founded in Wilson, and has a history in our community dating back to 1872.  Since then, BB&T has grown to become a Fortune 500 company, and one of the largest financial services holding companies in the United States.  This growth has only strengthened the bank’s presence in Wilson.  Over 2,000 associates serve Wilson County, establishing itself as one of our largest employers, and one of the largest concentrations of BB&T employees anywhere in the country. 

    BB&T Market President Wes Berry (pictured, right) has served on the Chamber Board of Directors since 2012.  According to Mr. Berry, his participation in the Chamber, specifically as a board member, is important “because it is the collective voice for the membership and provides an open forum for dialogues regarding local and state issues.”

     

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    In 1974, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company invested millions to locate a new state of the art plant in Wilson.  The facility, now known as the Bridgestone-Americas Tire Operation, has been in continuous operation ever since, employing over 2,000 total workers and growing to become the largest production facility in Wilson County.  The company is also distinguished for its contributions to environmental stewardship and employee safety. 

    Bridgestone Plant Manager Michael Darr (pictured, right) has been with the Wilson facility since 2008.  Mr. Darr believes that 'local business is the heartbeat of any community'.  He sees Bridgestone as having a unique relationship with our other members:  'as a major employer in Wilson, we are a user of many local business services and their vitality is important in attracting and retaining talented team members'.

     

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    Greenlight Community Broadband is North Carolina’s only all-fiber optic network.  Built as a utility service of the City of Wilson, this network provides high quality cable, internet, and phone service at a great value, with superior reliability and local technical support.  With enough bandwidth to provide 1 Gbps internet speed, Greenlight offers the highest speed residential internet available in the state, earning Wilson the title of North Carolina’s Gigabit City

    Greenlight employs a team of highly skilled technical staff committed to delivering advanced fiber optic technology.  However, because the network is a department of the City of Wilson, Greenlight is perhaps most recognized for its commitment to community service, which is evident in its participation in several programs throughout Wilson.