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    Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation shall consist of no less than twenty-two (22) and no more than thirty-four (34) directors, excluding emeritus directors.  Sixteen (16) members of the board shall be members of the following organizations, and may serve for only so long as they continue to be a member of said organizations: 

    • CarolinaEast Health System
    • Craven Arts Council & Gallery
    • Craven Community College
    • Craven County Administration
    • Craven County Economic Development Commission
    • Craven County Commissioner
    • New Bern Development Services Department
    • New Bern Municipal Service District Advisory Board
    • New Bern Alderman
    • New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce
    • New Bern Administration
    • New Bern Department of Public Works
    • New Bern Historical Society
    • New Bern Preservation Foundation
    • Tourism Development Authority
    • Tryon Palace 

    Up to eighteen (18) additional members shall be elected from the community who either demonstrate interest in the objectives and work of Swiss Bear or who represent identifiable segments of the community. 

    An unlimited number of directors designated as “emeritus” may be elected.  Emeritus directors shall have all the rights and obligations of other directors, including the right to vote.  Qualifications and other requirements to be elected as an emeritus director may be established by the board. 

    All directors shall be elected by the vote of the majority of directors in office at the annual board meeting and shall serve three-year terms.  Terms of office shall begin on January 1.  To the extent practical, the terms of the directors shall be staggered into classes so that the terms of approximately one-third (1/3) of the directors shall expire each year.  A Director may be removed for cause by a two-thirds vote of the remaining directors present, and any such director shall be given five days advance written notice of the meeting at which such removal shall be voted upon.  In the event of the removal of a director, a new director may be elected at that time or at any subsequent meeting.  A vacancy in the board shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a majority vote of the remaining directors. 

    The purpose of Swiss Bear is to promote and sponsor employment and commercial revitalization within the City, particularly its downtown residential and commercial areas. 

    The board of directors shall be responsible for:  (1) keeping a record of all of the board’s acts and affairs; (2) keep a record of all receipts and disbursements; (3) have periodic reviews of the corporate books; (4) present an annual report of all receipts and disbursements to each director no less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the annual meeting; (4) oversee and set the compensation for all managers, officers, agents, employees or other persons employed by Swiss Bear; and (5) ensure that all offices, employees or managers having fiscal responsibility are bonded as the board deems appropriate. 

    Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room located at 316 South Front Street.  The annual board meeting is held in December.

    Current Roster

    Name Term Expires Appointing Authority
    Judy Avery 12/2014 Craven County Arts Council & Gallery
    Alex Badger N/A Emeritus
    Sabrina Bengel 12/2016 At Large
    John Bircher 12/2014 At Large
    Jim Bisbee (Vice Chair) 12/2015 At Large
    Dallas Blackiston 12/2016 City of New Bern Board of Aldermen
    Charles Blythe N/A Emeritus
    David Blythe 12/2014 At Large
    Tom Braaten 12/2016 At Large
    Catherine Chew 12/2014 Craven Community College
    Gary Curry 12/2016 At Large
    Timothy Downs 12/2014 Craven County Economic Development
    William Faulkenberry N/A Emeritus
    Bill Fentress N/A Emeritus
    Janet Francoeur 12/2016 At Large
    John Haroldson 12/2014 At Large
    Mary Harris 12/2016 Craven County Tourism Development Authority
    Jimmie Hicks 12/2014 At Large
    Robert (Dell) Ipock N/A Emeritus
    Paul Johnson N/A Emeritus
    Philippe Lafargue 12/2015 Tryon Palace
    Joe Mansfield 12/2016 New Bern Preservation Foundation
    Julian Marsh 12/2016 At Large
    Bob Mattocks 12/2014 At Large
    Charles McCotter N/A Emeritus
    Nelson McDaniel 12/2015 New Bern Historical Society
    Tom McGraw (Chair) 12/2016 At Large
    Buzz Mead N/A Emeritus
    Susan Moffat-Thomas Serves for her duration as Executive Director Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation
    Tom Payne 12/2015 At Large
    Mary Peterkin 12/2015 At Large
    Lonnie Pridgen, Jr. N/A Emeritus
    Ernest Richardson, III 12/2016 New Bern Municipal Service District Advisory Board
    Daniel (Sonny) Roberts N/A Emeritus
    Kevin Roberts 12/2016 New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce
    Jeff Ruggieri 12/2015 Director, City of New Bern Development Services
    Bill Rust N/A Emeritus
    Stewart Smith N/A Emeritus
    Mark Stephens 12/2014 City of New Bern Administration
    David Stroud 12/2015 At Large
    Cythia Turco 12/2014 CarolinaEAST Health System
    Steve Tyson 12/2016 Craven County Commissioner
    Jack Veit 12/2016 Craven County Administration
    Jamara Wallace 12/2016 At Large
    John Ward N/A Emeritus
    Curt Williford 12/2016 At Large
    TBD 12/2014 Director, City of New Bern Public Works Department