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The program was instituted in 1988 by the sponsoring organizations, Rotary Club of Charlotte, Charlotte Business Journal and the Charlotte Chamber, as an approach to measuring management excellence in the Charlotte-area business community.

The Club’s Trade and Professional Relations Committee conceived this award as the perfect instrument to call attention to the second Object of Rotary: “

High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society. The selection is made by a committee of Rotary and Chamber members who evaluate the nominees in the following areas:  fairness, consistency, flexibility, knowledge, perceptiveness, sharing, fostering of relationships, communication goals and commitment.


REVIEW the qualities of excellence listed below and think about the senior managers you know who exhibit those qualities.
EXPLAIN how the nominee meets the criteria and why you feel he/she should receive this recognition.

WRITE your comments on one typed 8 ½" X 11" sheet. Please include a brief biographical sketch of your nominee as well. Click here for the nomination form and regulations.
DEADLINE: December 1, 2021

RETURN NOMINATIONS: Return nominations to the Rotary Club of Charlotte.  Either email christine@charlotterotary.org  or mail to 1850 East 3rd St., Ste 220, Charlotte, NC 28204


When nominating your choice, list extraordinary achievements citing examples of leadership and how they reflect credit to the manager and his/her organization. Consider the following qualities of a good leader:

Fairness in working with all employees
Visionary leadership
Consistency in judgment and decisions
Flexibility to apply policy in an appropriate manner
Knowledge of work skills and company operations
Perceptiveness of employee and customer needs
Sharing of values and knowledge
Fostering relationships among employees and departments
Communicating goals effectively
Commitment to excellence

Continuing improvement/achievement
Community involvement



2021 -- Pat Rodgers, Rodgers
2020 -- Anthony Marciano, II, Charlotte Rescue Mission
2019 -- John W. Lassiter, Carolina Legal Staffing
2018 -- David F. Furman, FAIA
2017 -- Governor Patrick L. McCrory
2016 -- Dr. Pamela Davies, Queens University of Charlotte
2015 -- Michael Tarwater, Carolinas HealthCare
2014 -- Jane McIntyre, United Way of the Central Carolinas
2013 -- Wayland N. Cato, Jr., Cato Corporation
2011 -- Frank Harrison, Coca-Cola Bottling & Co. Consolidated
2009 -- Thomas (Tim) M. Belk, Jr. , Belk Stores Services Inc.
2008 -- Peter S. Gilchrist, Mecklenburg County District Attorney
2007 -- Allen Tate, Jr., Allen Tate Company 
2006 -- Luther L. Fincher, Jr., Charlotte Fire Department
2005 -- Tom Nelson, National Gypsum
2004 -- Krista Tillman, BellSouth
2003 -- Dr. Michael Marsicano, Foundation for the Carolinas 
2002 -- Dr. Tony Zeiss, Central Piedmont Community College
2001 -- Jerry Orr, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
2000 -- Dr. Billy Wireman, Queens College
1999 -- Harry Brace, YMCA
1998 -- John Belk, Belk Stores Services Inc.
1997 -- Hugh McColl, Bank of America
1996 -- Freda Nicholson, Discovery Place
1995 -- James Woodward, UNC Charlotte
1994 -- Johnie Jones, J. A. Jones Construction Co.
1993 -- Edward E. Crutchfield, First Union Corporation
1992 -- F. Kenneth Iverson, Nucor Corporation
1991 -- Byron L. Bullard, Presbyterian Hospital
1990 -- Bill Lee, Duke Power Company
1989 -- Leroy Robinson, Belk Stores Services Inc.
1988 -- A. F. "Pete" Sloan, Lance Inc.



2020-2021 WINNER

Pat Rodgers, Rodgers

Under Pat Rodgers' leadership over the last 33 years, Rodgers has grown from 100 to 328 employees and increased business 2500% to become one of the top 100 construction management firms in the country. Her open secrets? Integrity, passion, purpose, hands-on attention to detail, intentionally cultivating leaders, and by ‘hanging a lantern’ on problems. 
While growing this successful business, she has also been a major influence in Charlotte’s accomplishments. Her skills and passion have literally grown Charlotte through the construction of dozens of significant buildings throughout the city, and culturally through her servant leadership to the city she loves. She currently serves on nine boards dedicated to helping Charlotte and its citizens flourish, and has chaired nine other organizations with the same goal. 
It’s with deep appreciation for all she has, and no doubt will continue to accomplish, that the Rotary Club of Charlotte and the Charlotte Business Journal celebrate Pat Rodgers as the 2021 Excellence in Leadership recipient. 

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