The Charlotte Host Committee Welcomes Guests to the Queen City

The Charlotte Host Committee seeks to showcase our great city, create opportunities for our residents, and engage the Carolinas. The Charlotte Host Committee, CLT Host 2020, Inc., is a  §501(c)(3) not for profit economic development organization with no political affiliation. CLT Host 2020, Inc. is responsible for hosting and funding the 2020 Republican National Convention to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina from August 24 – 27, 2020.

As an economic development organization, CLT Host 2020, Inc. will highlight the Queen City’s premier business environment which supports the skilled and diverse workforce responsible for the region’s growth in national and international corporate offices and local businesses. CLT Host 2020, Inc. aims to showcase the Charlotte region and North and South Carolina as a premier environment and world-class convention and event destination attracting sporting events, corporate functions, and international art and musical tours. CLT Host 2020, Inc. is excited for the 2020 Republican National Convention and the positive experience it will bring for Charlotte, our two states, and everyone involved – residents, businesses, and guests. This event will be a tremendous undertaking and will require committed volunteers from across the region, our two states, and the nation. We hope that you will join the Charlotte Host Committee by signing up to volunteer or providing your company’s information for potential vendor opportunities.

Please read our CEO’s Welcoming Message

Welcome to Charlotte, the Queen City! On behalf of the local host committee for the 2020 Republican National Convention, we extend our warmest greetings. My wife and I have built a business, raised our family, and watched Charlotte grow into a metropolitan area spanning two states with a global reach.

CLT Host 2020, Inc. is honored to showcase the Charlotte region and North and South Carolina as a premier business environment and world-class convention and event destination. During your time with us, we know you will experience the energy and hospitality that we enjoy every day.

Charlotte is one of a select number of cities to hold both national party conventions. The Democratic National Convention was here in 2012, and the growth since then is hard to overstate.  Significant increases to uptown hotel rooms and residences, a budding brewery scene, a thriving culinary community, and an everchanging and growing skyline with numerous rooftop bars and event spaces are just a few of the additions we are excited to show off in 2020.

Each of our neighborhoods has its own personality. Whether you want the buzz of Center City, the vibrancy of South End, or the eclectics of Plaza Midwood and Noda, take advantage of our expanded light rail service and walkable streets to sample what we have to offer.

Sitting on the state line is Carowinds, home to the fastest giga coaster. Catch a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway; learn NASCAR’s history at the Hall of Fame; or join fellow outdoor enthusiasts at the National Whitewater Center, the world’s longest man-made whitewater river.  Enjoy our art museums, music and cultural venues, and the Billy Graham Library to round out a visit. These are all things we call home!

Charlotte and North and South Carolina welcome you with a spirit of warmth and a story of determination. The diversity and talents of our people, the amenities that make our neighborhoods special, and unique cultural events and recreational opportunities are all experiences we cannot wait to share with you.

Sincerely,

John Lassiter, CEO
CLT Host 2020, Inc.

Meet the Team

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 National Finance Chairman

Louis DeJoy serves as National finance Chairman for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. DeJoy 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 curretnly a National Deputy Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee and the Finance Chairman for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Louis resides in Greensboro, N.C. with his wife Dr. Aldona Wos and they have two children.

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 Chief Financial Officer

Kim Bowman serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Bowman is originally from Southampton, N.Y., and began her career in public accounting at RSM McGladrey. She then served as Controller for HPI Management, LP, a real estate asset management group. Kim is a North Carolina CPA with extensive experiences in corporate compliance, finance, human resources and tax planning and preparation. She graduated with honors from Davidson College and earned a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kim is married with two children.

Rachel Kelley Finance Director

Rachel Kelley serves as the Finance Director for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Kelley 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. Rachel and her husband maintain a home in Northeast Washington, D.C. with their Pitbull, Izzy.

Jill Kay Communications Director

Jill Kay serves as Communication Director for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Kay has over a decade of experience in communications, public relations campaigns, meeting/event management, and fundraising. She has held management positions with TeamCFA foundation charter schools managing communications and marketing and day-to-day operations. Prior to her role with TeamCFA she held several positions in the healthcare sector. She has been able to use her communication skills in many capacities, including serving as Chief of Staff to Indiana’s First Lady Cheri Daniels. Jill received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University Bloomington. Jill and her husband live in Matthews, N.C. with their five children.

Heather Dodgins Director of Donor Engagement

Heather Dodgins serves as the Director of Donor Engagement for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Dodgins began her career in political fundraising and public relations over a decade ago at the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Republican Governors Association (RGA) in Washington D.C. She returned to her home state of North Carolina where she served as the Finance Director for the Pat McCrory Committee during the 2012 election cycle. She moved to Charlotte for the American Heart Association as Director of Development, overseeing its annual Heart Ball campaign, while also founding Red Pines Consulting, LLC. Heather and her husband, Bryan, are proud parents of their son, Ward, and their two dogs, Scout and Wilson.

Stephanie Batsell Volunteer Coordinator

Stephanie Batsell serves as Volunteer Coordinator for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Batsell is originally from Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Florida in 1999 where she worked for the Walt Disney Company for 19 years. During her time at Disney, she spent 11 years working alongside volunteers, the runDisney staff and nonprofit organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. She graduated from Kaplan University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. Stephanie relocated to Charlotte in 2018 with her husband and kids. She is also a proud Army mom.

Erin Gray Deputy Finance Director

Erin Michelle Gray serves as the Deputy finance Director for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Gray is originally from Greenville, N.C. and made her way home after spending several years fundraising in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked for the National Congressional Committee (NRCC) as their Events Director after working for a record-breaking finance team at the National Senatorial Committee (NRSC) , as a Regional finance Director. Erin began her career working for North Carolina elected officials, Senator Thom Tillis and Governor Pat McCrory after graduating from North Carolina State University where she swam for the Wolfpack.

Haley Habenicht Events Manager/Director of Post-Convention Logistics

Haley Habenicht serves as the Events Manager/Director of Post-Convention for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Habenicht 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 evets 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.

Stephanie Speers Accounting Manager

Stephanie Speers serves as the Accounting Manager for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Speers is a native of Rock Hill, S.C. and studied accounting at York Technical college. She 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, she served as the Manager of Accounting Operations for a West Virginia-based chemical technology development firm. Stephanie is married with two children.

Andrea Mathis Executive Administrator

Andrea Mathis serves as the Executive Administrator for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Mathis is originally from Wilmington, D.E. 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 Homan Resources Assistant. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Andrea is married with two children.

Scott Syfert General Counsel

Scott Syfert serves as General Counsel for the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee. Scott is a partner at Moore & Van Allen and a native of Charlotte. He 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 and serves on the Board of Directors of Central Piedmont Community College and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. He graduated from the 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.

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