Courtney Crowder has nearly 15 years of experience in public affairs, government relations and political strategy. Prior to founding Crowder Consulting, he served four years as legislative director and senior adviser to Gov. Beverly E. Perdue. Crowder’s public affairs and government relations experience has included counseling corporate, nonprofit and governmental organizations while at Capstrat, a strategic communications firm based in Raleigh. He served as the legislative liaison for the N.C. Department of Insurance and special assistant to Commissioner James E. “Jim” Long and was on the campaign and congressional staff for Congressman Bob Etheridge from 2000 to 2003. Crowder has played an active role in campaigns at every level – presidential, statewide, congressional and local. He holds bachelor degrees in English literature and French from N.C. Central University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University. He also studied at Oxford University in Oxford, England where he completed the Program of History, Politics and Society at Exeter College.
Crowder serves as chairman of the commission.
Buddy Bengel is an entrepreneur native to New Bern. He received his degree in Business Management and is pursuing his MBA at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Bengel is the current owner of the Morehead City Marlins and Bengel Sports Marketing and Consulting. He’s also the managing partner/co-owner of Bengel Hospitality, which owns and operates Baker’s Kitchen Restaurant and Bakery, Lawson’s Landing Restaurant, Aperitivo Wine Bar, and Beer Army Burger Company.
Bengel’s consulting work has ranged from sporting goods company Spalding and baseball apparel company 3n2 Sports, to political campaigns, public relations, and speech writing. Bengel played professional baseball in America and internationally in Italy. He is currently a member of the Carteret General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Carteret County Economic Development Board, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors, and Team New York Board of Directors. He’s a member of the Carteret County Navigators Rotary Club. He is also a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XXIII.
Bengel serves on the commission’s Revenue Generating Committee.
Doug Baker is an entrepreneur with 25 years of business experience in the fields of life science, healthcare, and technology, including executive posts with six companies in the Triangle area. He has also served as a board member and adviser to organizations in human-health research, information technology, software development, green energy platforms, mobility systems, commercial real estate, and logistics. Baker has been involved in various civic and professional associations including the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Wake Technical Community College Foundation, the Association for Corporate Growth, and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Baker received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. A native of New York, Baker chose North Carolina as his home over 25 years ago as the ideal place to raise his two now-grown daughters; one having graduated from Elon University and one from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Baker serves on the commission’s Revenue Generating Committee.
Morgan Beam, a Union County native, leads the business development efforts in the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina for the Samet Corporation in Raleigh. As part of his duties, he is a licensed real estate agent and is involved with numerous industry organizations. Before joining Samet, Beam worked in state government serving the North Carolina Senate and working for the Office of the Governor. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and completed an international marketing program at the Universitat de València in Spain.
He currently serves on Wake County Public School’s Construction Technology Career Academy Board. The board works with private industry to place a strong importance on career-readiness and post high school success.
Beam has lived in Raleigh since 2012. He attends Trinity Baptist Church in North Raleigh.
Beam serves on the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.
Jody C. Tyson is the managing partner of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill. He completed secondary education at Fayetteville Technical Institute’s School of Funeral Service Education and Mount Olive College. He received his Funeral Service License in 1996. In 2005, Tyson was a gubernatorial appointee to serve a term on the N.C. Board of Funeral Service. Tyson also served as a liaison and adviser to state Sen. Louis Pate, responding to tornado damage in Greene County in the spring of 2011. He is a former board member of the N.C. Funeral Directors Association and a former member of the Greene County Board of Elections. A native of Snow Hill, Tyson lives today on the family farm in the Arba community of Greene County where he grew up. He is a member of Hull Road Free Will Baptist Church.
Tyson serves as chairman of the commission’s Operations/Personnel Committee.
Chris Shew is sheriff of Wilkes County, where he has served in law enforcement for 33 years. A Wilkes County native, Shew graduated from East Wilkes High School. After high school, he went to work for the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office where he held positions as a deputy sheriff, detention officer, sergeant and captain in the Patrol Division, chief detective and chief deputy. He also served as a reserve officer for the Wilkesboro Policy Department. Shew has received the N.C. Advanced Service Award and the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. His civic contributions include service as a board member of the Wilkes Law Enforcement Association and the Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department. Shew was elected sheriff in 2010. He lives in Wilkesboro with his wife, Janet, and three children.
Shew serves on the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.
Amy Ellis is a CPA who currently works part-time at a healthcare consulting firm in Raleigh and for her own tax clients, including nonprofits and political and civic organizations. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and studied accounting at UNC-Wilmington as she pursued her CPA certification. Right after graduation, she worked for Mitsubishi Semiconductor and Sara Lee Knit Products, both in Winston-Salem. She has worked in public accounting for more than 20 years, helping to start a small firm, The Accounting Dept. Inc., which specialized in small business accounting and taxes in Wilmington. While living in Wilmington, she was active in civic life, serving as a volunteer for the N.C. Azalea Festival, as board treasurer for Good Friends of Wilmington and as board treasurer and board president of the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Ellis lives in Raleigh with her husband, Chris, daughter, and step-son and step-daughter. They are members of Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest.
Ellis serves as chairwoman of the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.
Tony Rand, a lawyer from Fayetteville, is president of Rand & Gregory P.A and has more than 28 years of experience in state government in North Carolina, including 22 years as a member of the N.C. Senate and four years as chairman and member of the N.C. Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission. In the state Senate, Rand held the post of Senate Majority Leader from 1986-88 and from 2000-2009 and chaired numerous committees, including the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Base Budget and Appropriations Committee. In addition to the lottery commission, Rand serves as treasurer and a director of the General Alumni Association of University of North Carolina; as a member of the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors; as a board member for Select Bank and Trust; and as a board member of Franklin Street Partners. Rand received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the UNC-CH School of Law. A native of Wake County, Rand and his wife, Karen, divide their time now between Fayetteville and Blowing Rock. They have two adult sons. He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.
Rand serves as chairman of the commission’s Revenue Generating Committee.
Jones serves on the commission’s Operations/Personnel Committee.
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