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Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM

Ronnie Bryant

What I do now: I am the CEO/President of the Charlotte (North Carolina) Regional Partnership. As such, I lead the 16-county economic development organization that represents the Charlotte metro area.

My work/job consists of: My staff and I market the Charlotte USA region as a premier business location to relocation consultants and business decision makers around the world. My career track includes serving as the president/CEO of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance; Senior Vice President of the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association; the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; development consultant, and managerial and technical positions at AT&T’s Western Electric facility.

How I got to LSUS: LSUS was the best option to advance my education.

Memories of LSUS: I met many friends and professors with whom I am in contact even today. 

LSUS faculty who helped me: Dr. Donna Mitchell, management professor (now Dr. Donna M. Austin, retired dean, Continuing Ed); Dr. Larry Clark, former Dean-College of Business; Dr. Douglas Bible, real estate professor; and Janey Slusher, assistant to the Dean.

How LSUS helped me succeed: Provided me with a foundation of business management, which has helped me become a well-rounded business professional.

Advice to college-bound students: Seek a broad range of educational experiences, versus narrowly focusing on a particular area. 

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: Pursue educational opportunities now available in various universities around the country.  Become involved in local chambers and economic development organizations.

Tips on choosing a major or career: Let your experiences lead toward a career you will truly enjoy.

My toughest professional challenge: My overall working environment is tough in itself.  And, coordinating the activities of 16 counties is also a major challenge.  However, every day is a new opportunity to test my negotiation and collaboration skills.

My toughest personal challenge: Losing my father at the age of 19.  It would have been nice to have been able to lean on his shoulders and ask for advice.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life: Earning certification as a certified economic developer (CEcD) and a Fellow Member (FM) designation with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). I was honored to be the incoming chairman of the IEDC, effective January 1, 2007. I also serve on the Economic Development Institute’s (EDI) board of directors and faculty and lecture on issues related to economic development marketing, professional development and organizational management.

I’ve learned this from life:  “There is a destiny that makes us brothers. No one goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” - Edwin Markham

What I’d be doing if I had all the time in the world: Spend more time on leisure travel.

Additional comments:  I have no regrets. Everything that has happened in my life was the result of being blessed, having patience and determination.  If I had it all to do over again, there is little I would change.

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