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Cleveland County Chamber Selects President
Bill Watson
At a special called meeting of the Cleveland County Chamber Board of Directors on Monday, August 25, 2014, William F. (Bill) Watson of Charlotte, NC, was selected to be President of the Chamber.  According to Board Chair Micki Padgett, Watson will begin work September 8th.
Watson comes to Cleveland County with years of experience in both the corporate and non-profit environments.  He is an experienced professional who has held leadership positions in sales, customer service, and operations.  He had roles of increasing responsibilities with General Electric ultimately moving to Charlotte in 1997.  He later transitioned to the non-profit community first with United Way and most recently in the corporate office of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.  An active volunteer with ALS, KinderMourn, and NC Missions of Mercy, Watson speaks frequently on behalf of United Way.
 A graduate of Wake Forest University, Watson enjoys sports of all kinds.  He is an avid runner and has completed two Boston Marathons.  He grew up in Hendersonville, NC, where both of his parents still live.  Watson met his wife, Betsy, in high school.  She is a former elementary school teacher with a Master’s Degree from the University of South Florida.  Betsy now works part time in freelance graphics for ESPN and the SEC Network.
 The Watsons have two adult daughters.  Lindsay graduated from Appalachian State University and works in graphics for ESPN and the SEC Network in Charlotte.  Lauren graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and law school at George Washington University.  She is a lawyer in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband.
 “We are pleased to have someone with such an extensive background in management and non-profit work.  It is also especially rewarding to know that Bill’s professional experience and successes in worthy endeavors are a good fit for our organization and for Cleveland County,” said Micki Padgett.  “We are happy to welcome Bill to Cleveland County and look forward confidently to a strong and vibrant Chamber under his leadership.”
–Provided by Adrian Hamrick

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