Annual Dinner 2019
January 24, 2019
5:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Sheraton Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center
3121 Gate City Blvd
The Annual Dinner remains one of the Greensboro Chamber’s signature events, bringing together business and civic leaders from a diverse variety of organizations and companies. Start the New Year by wearing your best denim with fellow community members as we acknowledge the progress our community has made and reflect on the developments that have occurred through collaborative action!
Our Keynote Speaker, Michael Praeger, is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AvidXchange, Inc., the first $1 billion startup in North Carolina. Based in Charlotte, Michael has transformed an entire mill district campus to be a hub for AvidXchange. On December 18, Michael announced an additional 1,200 job expansion to its current operations. Michael’s vision for entrepreneurship as community and economic development has some great lessons for our community to learn and we can’t wait to hear from him. Read more about Michael below!
Our 141st Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner will be as unique as all of the rest! Join us as we explore the topics most pertinent to our community.
Reminder! As in years past, our dress code is DENIM. Show off why Greensboro is really JEANSboro. We’re serious, lose the tie and dress pants and bring your denim out for the night!
Meet our Keynote Speaker!
Michael Praeger is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AvidXchange, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand accounts payables management and automated payment solutions. Since founding AvidXchange in 2000, Michael has been an active participant and speaker on “payables and payment automation” at various industry conferences and considered a thought leader within the industry in developing creative solutions and best practices for payables and payment automation.
Michael has spent the last 20 years founding, managing, merging and selling technology and web services-related companies. Prior to establishing AvidXchange, Michael was Co-Founder of PlanetResume.com, a technology career enhancement and recruiting site that successfully completed its merger with CareerShop.com and CareerTV.net in November 1999. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CEO of InfoLink Partners and InfoVentures, LP. Michael also served as an Associate with Summit Partners, a Boston-based Venture Capital and Buyout partnership with more than $1 billion under management. He received a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University. Michael is also a graduate of the “Birthing of Giants” executive entrepreneurship program at MIT.
Michael is currently active in the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), as well as the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Michael is also currently serving on the advisory board of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), and on Comdata’s Customer Advisory Board. Michael is revered as a leading business-to-business provider of innovative electronic payment solutions.
Our Award Winners
The Athena Award, The Thomas Z. Osborne Award, and the O. Henry Award Winners