“Be people who represent leadership that is kind, ethical, disciplined, determined, competent, humble, and most importantly, full of integrity,” he told 700 business and community leaders who had gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center. Read the full text of his remarks here.
Poole was named the winner of the A.E. Finley Distinguished Service Award, presented annually to a person who has, through leadership, dedication, support, and involvement, made significant contributions to the betterment and improvement of our community.
Poole certainly fit the bill. As a business leader, he set the bar for business excellence in Raleigh and beyond through his leadership of the Gregory Poole Equipment Company and Waste Industries. His passion and commitment to community service significantly impacted the social well-being of Raleigh's residents. Most recently, he worked tirelessly to build community support, raise funds, engage national experts, negotiate with officials, and support the master planning of the future Dix Park.
“His great energy, strength of character, and belief that everyone should contribute to ‘making a better world’ make him the obvious choice for this year’s award,” said Jill Wells Heath, 2015/16 Chamber Board Chair.
Call for Nominations
The Chamber is now accepting nominations for the 2017 award, which will be presented at the Annual Meeting on Sept. 14. Criteria can be found here, and the nomination form can be downloaded here. The deadline to nominate an individual is Tuesday, June 20.