Staff

John Lassiter

John Lassiter Chief Executive Officer

John Lassiter serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Lassiter is president of Carolina Legal Staffing, which provides legal professionals placement and services in every major market of the Carolinas. He previously served as chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and as a member of the Charlotte City Council and Charlotte- Mecklenburg Board of Education. Prior to starting his company, he was a Senior Vice President and General Counsel with Belk Stores and an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Law degree from Wake Forest University.

Louis DeJoy

Louis DeJoy National Finance Chairman

Louis DeJoy serves as National Finance Chairman for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Louis is the president of LDJ Global Strategies, LLC, a real estate, private equity, consulting and project management company. Prior to founding LDJ Global Strategies, he was the chief executive officer of XPO Logistics' supply chain business in the Americas. Previously, he led New Breed Logistics as its chairman and chief executive officer from 1984 until XPO acquired New Breed in 2014. Louis retired from the company in December 2015 and was appointed to XPO’s Board of Directors, until May 2018. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Elon University, The Board of Directors of the Fund for American Studies, The Board of Trustees for the PGA Wyndham Championship, and The Board of Directors of the Piedmont Triad Partnership. Louis is currently a National Deputy Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee and the Finance Chairman for the 2020 Republican National Convention. He resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife Dr. Aldona Wos and they have two children.

Towers Mingledorff

Towers Mingledorff Chief Operating Officer

Towers Mingledorff serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. He first moved to North Carolina to work for the Governor Romney for President campaign. After the 2012 election cycle, Towers worked at the N.C. General Assembly, assisting Sen. Brent Jackson and Sen. Andrew Brock. He then moved to Washington, D.C. in 2015 to work for Rep. David Rouzer, followed by Sen. Thom Tillis in 2016. After two years of working with Sen. Tillis, Towers joined SAS, the analytics software company, based in Cary. He is originally from northern Florida and graduated from the George Washington University. Towers is married with two children.

Kim Bowman

Kim Bowman Chief Financial Officer

Kim Bowman serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Originally from Southampton, N.Y., she began her career in public accounting at RSM McGladrey in tax and audit. Kim then served as Controller for HPI Management, LP, a real estate investment, development, and asset management group. She also worked in corporate compliance and human resources for HPI Management, LP. She worked part-time with public accounting firm Haas and Morgan CPA, PLLC preparing individual tax returns and most recently has been self-employed preparing individual tax returns and working with wealth management company, Bowman Financial Group, LLC. Kim graduated from Davidson College and has lived in Charlotte since, with the exception of attending UNC-Chapel Hill to obtain her Master of Accounting. She is married with two children and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church.

Scott Syfert

Scott Syfert General Counsel

Scott Syfert serves as General Counsel for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. He is a partner at Moore & Van Allen and a native of Charlotte. Scott practices business and corporate law with a focus on international business transactions. He was named among Who’s Who Legal M&A and Governance (2015, 2018), Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law (2013-2018), and North Carolina Super Lawyers (2012-2015). He is a co-founder of the May 20th Society which commemorates the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Scott is Vice Chairman of the Trail of History and serves on the Board of Directors of Central Piedmont Community College and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. He studied history and political science as an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Economics. Scott received his Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Rachel Kelley

Rachel Kelley Finance Director

Rachel Kelley serves as the Finance Director for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Rachel was previously the West Finance Director at the Republican National Committee (RNC) for over four years, breaking fundraising records during the 2016 Presidential election and the 2018 midterms. She came to the RNC after a successful cycle at the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) as PAC Director. Prior to the NRSC, Rachel managed the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) PAC and helped represent ICSC on the Hill. She also worked on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) nearly $5 million PAC. Before NAHB, Rachel served as a junior lobbyist at a boutique firm specializing in education appropriation grants for community colleges, technology companies, and business development. She began her career working for her home state Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and maintains ties with her state through her membership in the Alabama State Society and her support of her alma mater, The University of Alabama. Rachel and her husband maintain a home in Northeast Washington, D.C. with their pitbull Izzy.

Ashley Simmons

Ashley Simmons Interim Communications Director

Ashley Simmons serves as Interim Communications Director for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee on behalf of Moore & Van Allen Public Affairs. As Director of Public Relations for MVA Public Affairs, she provides clients with strategic communications and media relations counsel. She also manages public relations campaigns, crafts messaging and creates other content for communications channels. Before joining MVA Public Affairs, she held communications roles with the City of Charlotte, where she managed public relations efforts for the city manager’s office and mayor’s office. Prior to city government, Ashley held various communications positions for three North Carolina public school districts. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke. Ashley is an active member of Mountain Island Church of Christ and the Charlotte chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Heather Dodgins

Heather Dodgins Director of Donor Engagement

Heather Dodgins serves as the Director of Donor Engagement for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. She began her career in political fundraising and public relations over a decade ago at the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association in Washington, D.C. Heather then returned to her home state of North Carolina where she was honored to serve as the Finance Director for The Pat McCrory Committee during the 2012 election cycle. Following the election, she worked at the North Carolina Department of Transportation managing its marketing for highway safety initiatives. In 2016, Heather relocated from Raleigh to Charlotte and began working for the American Heart Association as Director of Development, overseeing its annual Heart Ball campaign, while also founding Red Pines Consulting, LLC. Heather is an alumna of the University of South Carolina and graduate of The Fund for American Studies Capital Semester program at Georgetown University. She and her husband, Bryan, are proud parents of their two dogs, Scout and Wilson.

Stephanie Speers

Stephanie Speers Accounting Manager

Stephanie Speers serves as the Accounting Manager for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. A native of Rock Hill, SC, she studied Accounting at York Technical College. Stephanie began her career as a Legal Assistant for a prominent Rock Hill attorney. She then served as the executive assistant to a national restaurant entrepreneur. More recently, Stephanie served as the Manager of Accounting Operations for a West Virginia-based Chemical Technology Development firm. Stephanie is married with two children.

Haley Habenicht

Haley Habenicht Events Manager

Haley Habenicht serves as the Events Manager for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Haley is originally from Wayne, Pennsylvania and relocated to Charlotte in June 2019. Prior to moving to Charlotte, she worked as an Events Manager for EAB in Richmond, Virginia, a best practices firm that uses research, technology, and consulting to address challenges in the education industry. In her role, Haley executed over 50 industry conferences and affiliated events for presidents, provosts, and heads of school for EAB’s 1,200 member institutions. Haley is a cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston where she majored in Communications and minored in Spanish. In her free time, Haley enjoys volunteering in her community, exercising, and spending time on the water with her family in White Stone, Virginia.

Andrea Mathis

Andrea Mathis Executive Administrator

Andrea Mathis serves as Executive Administrator for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Andrea is originally from Wilmington, Delaware and relocated to Charlotte in March 2018. Prior to living in Charlotte, she worked as a School Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity at Smith Elementary School on the U.S. Army base in Baumholder Germany, where she was stationed with her family. She also previously worked at Emory University as a Human Resources Assistant. Andrea is a graduate of Norfolk State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She is married with two children and enjoys photography.

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