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Charlotte Economics Club

The Charlotte Economics Club’s mission is to provide leadership in the use and understanding of economic information and industry trends that affect our region’s economic growth.

  • Bill Rogers, Suntrust CEO
    October 4, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Bill Rogers
    Bill Rogers is chairman & CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc., one of the top 10 U.S. banks serving more than 4.6 million households and business clients. SunTrust is a purpose-driven company focused on Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses and communities it serves. Rogers joined SunTrust in 1980, in the commercial banking division of the company. He served in corporate and commercial banking, corporate finance, retail banking and mortgage. He was named president in 2008 and chief operating officer in 2010. He became president and CEO in June 2011 and chairman and CEO in January 2012. Since taking the CEO post, Rogers has led a significant transformation of the company, building upon its client-first culture. Under his leadership, SunTrust has achieved six consecutive years of higher earnings per share, improved efficiency, and increased capital returns. A native of North Carolina, Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Georgia State University.

  • November 7, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Jason Saine
    Representative Jason Saine represents the 97th North Carolina House District which encompasses Lincoln County. Representative Saine is serving his third full term in the North Carolina House after being appointed in 2011 to fill out the remaining term of Rep. Johnathan Rhyne. During his first full term Rep. Saine was recognized as the most effective freshman in the North Carolina House. Rep. Saine won reelection in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Saine was appointed by Speaker of the House Tim Moore to serve as Senior Chairman for the House Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is responsible for tax policy in North Carolina, and in that role Chairman Saine has helped to shepherd through over half a billion dollars in tax decreases for North Carolina working families. In 2013 Saine was appointed by Speaker Thom Tillis to serve as the first ever House Appropriations Chairman of Information Technology. In that role, he oversees roughly $1.6 billion in technology spending for the state of North Carolina. He was reappointed to continue in that role in by Speaker Moore in 2015. Governor Pat McCrory made efficiency in technology one of his top priorities and Saine has worked closely with the State Chief Information Officer to implement and achieve success in IT innovation. Saine was recognized for his work in IT recently by winning the North Carolina Technology Association’s Public Leadership Award. He has also led on a number of important issues during the 2015 Legislative session, including: creating a cabinet level Department of Information Technology, protecting student and employee social media privacy, changing State tax law to incentivize IT job creation, and encouraging IT innovation at colleges and universities and in State government. In addition to his role at the North Carolina General Assembly, Rep. Saine serves as the national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he has made issues such as tax reform, balanced budgets, investment in energy and emerging technologies top priorities. Saine was also recently appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee where he will use his expertise as a state legislator and technology business owner to help create better IT and telecommunication policy in the coming years at the federal level. Rep. Saine also serves as Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, as Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on IT Oversight, Co-Chair of the Revenue Laws Study Committee, Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery, and is a member of the following committees: Alcoholic Beverage Control, Commerce and Job Development, Education - K-12, Elections, Health, Judiciary II, and Rules Calendar and Operations of the House.