2019 Annual MeetingName: 2019 Annual MeetingDate: January 28, 2019Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM ESTRegistration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.Event Description:
The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
cordially invites you to attend its
49th Annual Meeting
Monday, January 28, 2019
The Farm at 95
215 Batten Road
Selma, NC 27576
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner
The Chamber’s Annual Meeting is a celebration of the Chamber’s accomplishments for the previous year. As part of the program, a number of community awards are presented, including Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Citizens, Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year, Outstanding Chamber Volunteers and Life Memberships in the Chamber.
Ryan Combs, Executive Director
Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Ryan Combs assumed his position in February 2017 following his appointment by the organization’s board of directors. Ryan works closely with economic development organizations in each of RTRP’s member counties to market the competitive advantages of the Research Triangle Region to potential investors.
Ryan joined RTRP from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety where he served as Legislative Director for the Department’s Government Affairs initiatives. In that capacity, he worked with the North Carolina General Assembly on behalf of State Troopers, Correctional Officers, the State Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol, Law Enforcement and the State Emergency Management office.
Previously, Ryan served for eight years on United States Senator Richard Burr’s staff, traveling throughout the state of North Carolina as a field representative. Through that experience, he developed close relationships with business and community leaders to learn about and address important issues facing communities.
Ryan began his career in Washington, D.C. as a White House staff assistant under President George W. Bush and worked on Capitol Hill for United States Senator Elizabeth Dole. He also worked at Empower America, a prominent non-profit organization led by Education Secretary Bill Bennett and HUD Secretary and Congressman Jack Kemp.
He has served on the board of the Triangle Flight of Honor, flying over 800 WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the WWII Memorial, and on the board of visitors at Livingstone College. A native of Raleigh, Ryan graduated from Broughton High School and North Carolina State University, where he was a pitcher for the Wolfpack baseball team.
In his free time, Ryan referees college basketball and baseball, and is deeply committed to raising awareness and funds for Project ALS and the ALS Association of North Carolina. His brother, Chris, was diagnosed with ALS in 2016.