Johnny Harris Named 2017 Citizen of the Carolinas
Published Thursday, August 3, 2017 7:00 am

The Charlotte Chamber is pleased to announce John W. “Johnny” Harris has been named the 2017 Citizen of the Carolinas. It is the most prestigious honor given by the chamber and will be presented at the organization’s Annual Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“There is no bigger cheerleader for the city of Charlotte than Johnny Harris. He is a tireless business leader who dares to dream big and then make it happen,” said Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber president and CEO. “Johnny’s passion for his hometown is evident in everything he does. The PGA Championship is a perfect example. Thanks to his vision and tenacity, Charlotte will host its first golf major championship next week promoting the city to a worldwide audience accounting for an estimated $100 million economic impact.”

Harris joins an impressive list of past winners that includes Rick Hendrick, Erskine Bowles, Mac Everett, Dan DiMicco, Julius Chambers, Harvey Gantt, Leon and Sandra Levine, Ben Bernanke, Dean Smith, Marian Wright Edelman, Hugh McColl, Reverend Billy Graham and Jerry Richardson, among others.

A lifelong Charlottean, Harris co-founded Lincoln Harris, LLC in 1999 and serves as its chairman and chief executive officer. Previously, he served as the president, building manager and vice president of The Bissell Companies, Inc. and as president of The Harris Group from 1992 to January 1999. Harris is lead director of Dominion Resources, Inc. and director emeritus of USAir, Inc. From 1997 to March 2014, Harris served as independent director of Piedmont Natural Gas.

Other notable board and volunteer leadership roles include:

• Current president of Quail Hollow Club where he was instrumental in securing the 2017 PGA Championship
• Current chairman of the Charlotte Sports Foundation
• Past chairman of the Charlotte Chamber
• Past chairman of the Charlotte Regional Partnership
• Past chairman of The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority
• Past chairman of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill board of trustees
• Past chairman of the NCAA Final Four Charlotte Organizing Committee
• Mayoral appointee to the Airport Advisory Committee
• Former member of the North Carolina Department of Transportation

Harris is a member of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors and Urban Land Institute. He received the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors Cornerstone Award in 1994 and Charlotte News Man of the Year award in 1984. He holds real estate broker licenses in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia.

Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studied Real Estate/Urban Development at American University.

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