NC Free Enterprise Foundation Executive To Explore Business Implications Of Upcoming Election at July NC Executive Roundtable Meeting

Top Quote Joe Stewart explores the 2016 Elections in North Carolina, offering updates, insights, and the impact on our battleground state. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) June 25, 2015 - Wendy Coulter, President of the NC Executive Roundtable (NCER), announced that Joe Stewart, executive director of NC Free Enterprise Foundation (NCFEF), will speak on the upcoming election and its importance to business leaders in a speech at NCER's July luncheon. The event will take place Friday, July 10th, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary at 11:45 a.m.

    In the course of an election cycle, Joe Stewart makes over 100 presentations to executive management teams, PAC boards, business trade associations, local Chambers, and many other business groups all across North Carolina.

    "We are honored to have Joe Stewart speak to the NC Executive Roundtable," said Coulter. "His presentation is timely, and we will look forward to his insights into what might happen in our battleground state that could impact the business community."

    NCFEF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-oriented organization that conducts research and analysis on candidates, campaigns, voter attitudes, and demographic changes that impact North Carolina's political landscape.

    NCFEF provides objective insights business leaders need in order to understand what's happening in elections. Because NCFEF does not endorse candidates nor participate in campaign activities and does not lobby for or against specific public policy proposals, the information provided is authentic and unbiased.

    Prior to coming on board at NCFEF, Steward ran his own consulting business, providing corporations and trade associations assistance on issue advocacy and political engagement strategies. He also served as Political Director of the NC Chamber of Commerce from 2009 - 2012 and presided over the Chamber's first-ever efforts to support pro-business candidates during the 2010 elections.

    In 2010, Stewart received the Business and Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) President's Award for Outstanding Leadership & Service, in recognition of his work on voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts as part of his management of the NC Prosperity Project (NCP2), a nonpartisan outreach program that provides information on issues and elections to employers and employees across the State. He's worked in government, politics, fundraising, association management, and advocacy for more than 20 years, having begun his professional career in fundraising, working in the UNC Chapel Hill Development Office while still an undergraduate. He has worked in North Carolina, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD.

    Steward currently serves on the board of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) and is a member of NC Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses' (NFIB) Leadership Council; he also serves on the boards of The Hope Center, a non-profit that helps young people aging out of foster care in Wake County, NC. He is active in his church and with his daughter's various sports teams.

    Costs to attend the NCER monthly luncheons is $25 for members and $35 for guests. For more information or to register for the event, visit:

    About North Carolina Executive Roundtable (NCER):
    North Carolina Executive Roundtable is the premier professional association of highly capable senior executives who are sought after by business and industry for their unparalleled expertise and recognized for their contributions to the greater community. For a senior executive in a small-to-midsize business, NCER is a nonprofit professional association that provides a forum for building trusted relationships among members which fosters a culture where peers discuss and explore business ideas and challenges in an open, receptive environment. For more information, visit

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