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 and chairs the Executive Committee.
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 chairs the Community Affairs Committee and serves on the Executive Committee and Games and Marketing Committee.
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. Bengel, a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XXIII,
was recently named to the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars.
Bengal chairs the Games and Marketing Committee and serves on the Internal Operations Committee.
Nick Picerno, a retired businessman from Seven Lakes in Moore County, is board chairman of Southern Software Inc. of Southern Pines. Picerno founded the company, which develops and sells software to local governments and law enforcement agencies, in 1988. In addition to his business career, Picerno has extensive experience in local government, serving in various posts in Moore County. He was elected to two terms to the Moore County Board of Commissioners, serving from 2008 to 2016 and served as commission chairman for five years. He also served two terms as a District Director of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, representing Moore, Richmond, Anson and Montgomery counties. Previously, he served on the Moore County Board of Health and the Moore County Department of Social Services Board. A native of Carthage, Picerno received a bachelor's degree in science teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978. He and his wife, Jan, have three adult children and five grandchildren. They are members of Seven Lakes Baptist Church.
Picerno serves on the Financial Matters Committee and Community Affairs 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 Internal Operations Committee and the Financial Matters 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 vice chairman of the commission and serves on the Executive Committee, Internal Operations Committee, and Community Affairs 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 chairs the Internal Operations Committee and serves on the Executive Committee.
Jason Roth is currently the CFO and president of ATM USA. He joined the company in 2005. He also co-owns and helps oversee multiple Mosquito Authority franchises across the country.
Roth began his professional career as a tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche, LLP, in Charlotte. After several years of service there, Roth moved to Raleigh and became the chief operating officer for US Armored, LLC. He also served on the board of directors for the Independent Armored Car Operators Association.
Roth now lives in Cary with his wife, two daughters, and son.
Roth chairs the commission’s Financial Matters Committee and also serves on the Games & Marketing Committee.
Jones serves on the Games and Marketing Committee and the Financial Matters Committee.
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