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Commission Members

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Mr. Kim Griffin Jr. Chair - Term Expires August 31, 2018. Appointed and named chairman by Gov. Pat McCrory in December 2015

Kim Griffin, Jr. is a Realtor and founder of Griffin Associates of Durham. A native of Durham, Griffin graduated from Durham High School in 1963 and Guilford College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. Griffin has 43 years of experience in the real estate profession. He has developed numerous residential and business office parks projects in Durham and Wilmington; worked on historic renovations projects; provided site selection assistance to national companies; and has had a real estate transaction in 27 North Carolina counties. His professional affiliations include the Durham Regional Association of Realtors, serving as president in 1979; memberships with the N.C. Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors; the Multiple Listing Service of Durham, serving as chairman in 1988, and the Triangle Multiple Listing Service; and Sales and Marketing Executives of Durham, serving as president in 1999. He is also on the NCCU Foundation Real Estate Committee. He was named Durham Realtor of the Year in 1979 and named to the Durham Regional Association of Realtors C.E. Phillips Jr. Wall of Fame in 2013. Griffin served on the Durham City Council from 1979-1983 and served previously on the board of directors of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. He has also been active in community service with both the Durham Jaycees, serving as president from 1973-74 and receiving the club’s Distinguished Service Award in 1975, and with the Friendly City Kiwanis Club, serving as president in 1994. Kim and his wife Mary have three sons, two grandchildren and attend St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough.

Griffin serves as chairman of the commission.

Mr. Keith Ballentine Term Expires August 31, 2017. Appointed by Speaker of the House Thom Tillis

Keith Ballentine is vice president of Daughtridge Gas & Oil Company in Rocky Mount. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ballentine has forty one years of business experience in North Carolina, including seven years with Belk Department Stores in Eastern North Carolina and thirty four years with Daughtridge Gas and Oil Company. He has served in civic and professional associations including chairman of the Rocky Mount Chamber, president of the Tar River Kiwanis, member of the Rocky Mount Planning Board, member of the Eagle Scout Board of Review, president of Southern Purchasing Association, president of the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers, past NCEL Commission Chairman and a member of the Advisory Board of the Governor’s Institute for Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service. Ballentine is active at Lakeside Baptist Church where he has served in various capacities, and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Ballentine has two grown children and resides in Rocky Mount with his wife, Susan.

Ballentine serves on the commission’s Operations/Personnel Committee.

Mr. Courtney A. Crowder Term Expires August 31, 2017 - Appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue

Courtney Crowder has nearly 15 years of experience in public affairs, government relations and political strategy. Prior to founding Crowder Consulting, he served four years as legislative director and senior adviser to Gov. Beverly E. Perdue. Crowder’s public affairs and government relations experience has included counseling corporate, nonprofit and governmental organizations while at Capstrat, a strategic communications firm based in Raleigh. He served as the legislative liaison for the N.C. Department of Insurance and special assistant to Commissioner James E. “Jim” Long and was on the campaign and congressional staff for Congressman Bob Etheridge from 2000 to 2003. Crowder has played an active role in campaigns at every level – presidential, statewide, congressional and local. He holds bachelor degrees in English literature and French from N.C. Central University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University. He also studied at Oxford University in Oxford, England where he completed the Program of History, Politics and Society at Exeter College.

Crowder serves as chairman of the commission’s Revenue Generating Committee.

Mr. Richard E. Bengel Term Expires August 31, 2021 - Appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory

Buddy Bengel is an entrepreneur native to New Bern. He received his degree in Business Management and is pursuing his MBA at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Bengel is the current owner of the Morehead City Marlins and Bengel Sports Marketing and Consulting. He’s also the managing partner/co-owner of Bengel Hospitality, which owns and operates Baker’s Kitchen Restaurant and Bakery, Lawson’s Landing Restaurant, Aperitivo Wine Bar, and Beer Army Burger Company.

Bengel’s consulting work has ranged from sporting goods company Spalding and baseball apparel company 3n2 Sports, to political campaigns, public relations, and speech writing. Bengel played professional baseball in America and internationally in Italy. He is currently a member of the Carteret General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Carteret County Economic Development Board, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors, and Team New York Board of Directors. He’s a member of the Carteret County Navigators Rotary Club. He is also a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XXIII.

Bengel serves on the commission’s Revenue Generating Committee.

Mr. Douglas Baker Term Expires August 31, 2018 - Appointed by Speaker of the House Thom Tillis

Doug Baker is an entrepreneur with 25 years of business experience in the fields of life science, healthcare, and technology, including executive posts with six companies in the Triangle area. He has also served as a board member and adviser to organizations in human-health research, information technology, software development, green energy platforms, mobility systems, commercial real estate, and logistics. Baker has been involved in various civic and professional associations including the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Wake Technical Community College Foundation, the Association for Corporate Growth, and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Baker received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. A native of New York, Baker chose North Carolina as his home over 25 years ago as the ideal place to raise his two now-grown daughters; one having graduated from Elon University and one from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Baker serves on the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.

Mr. Morgan Beam Term Expires August 31, 2021 - Appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory

Morgan Beam, a Union County native, leads the business development efforts in the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina for the Samet Corporation in Raleigh. As part of his duties, he is a licensed real estate agent and is involved with numerous industry organizations. Before joining Samet, Beam worked in state government serving the North Carolina Senate and working for the Office of the Governor. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and completed an international marketing program at the Universitat de València in Spain.

He currently serves on Wake County Public School’s Construction Technology Career Academy Board. The board works with private industry to place a strong importance on career-readiness and post high school success.

Beam has lived in Raleigh since 2012. He attends Trinity Baptist Church in North Raleigh.

Beam serves on the commission’s Operations/Personnel Committee.

Mr. Jody Tyson Term Expires August 31, 2017. Appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger

Jody C. Tyson is the managing partner of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill. He completed secondary education at Fayetteville Technical Institute’s School of Funeral Service Education and Mount Olive College. He received his Funeral Service License in 1996. In 2005, Tyson was a gubernatorial appointee to serve a term on the N.C. Board of Funeral Service. Tyson also served as a liaison and adviser to state Sen. Louis Pate, responding to tornado damage in Greene County in the spring of 2011. He is a former board member of the N.C. Funeral Directors Association and a former member of the Greene County Board of Elections. A native of Snow Hill, Tyson lives today on the family farm in the Arba community of Greene County where he grew up. He is a member of Hull Road Free Will Baptist Church.

Tyson serves on the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.

Mr. Chris L. Shew Term Expires August 31, 2021. Appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory

Chris Shew is sheriff of Wilkes County, where he has served in law enforcement for 33 years. A Wilkes County native, Shew graduated from East Wilkes High School. After high school, he went to work for the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office where he held positions as a deputy sheriff, detention officer, sergeant and captain in the Patrol Division, chief detective and chief deputy. He also served as a reserve officer for the Wilkesboro Policy Department. Shew has received the N.C. Advanced Service Award and the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. His civic contributions include service as a board member of the Wilkes Law Enforcement Association and the Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department. Shew was elected sheriff in 2010. He lives in Wilkesboro with his wife, Janet, and three children.

Shew serves as chairman of the commission’s Operations/Personnel Committee.

Ms. Amy B. Ellis Term expires August 31, 2018. Appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger

Amy Ellis is a CPA who currently works part-time at a healthcare consulting firm in Raleigh and for her own tax clients, including nonprofits and political and civic organizations. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and studied accounting at UNC-Wilmington as she pursued her CPA certification. Right after graduation, she worked for Mitsubishi Semiconductor and Sara Lee Knit Products, both in Winston-Salem. She has worked in public accounting for more than 20 years, helping to start a small firm, The Accounting Dept. Inc., which specialized in small business accounting and taxes in Wilmington. While living in Wilmington, she was active in civic life, serving as a volunteer for the N.C. Azalea Festival, as board treasurer for Good Friends of Wilmington and as board treasurer and board president of the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Ellis lives in Raleigh with her husband, Chris, daughter, and step-son and step-daughter. They are members of Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest.

Ellis serves as chairwoman of the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.

Commission Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Unless otherwise specified, meetings will be held at the North Carolina Education Lottery Headquarters at a time to be designated by the Chair.

For questions or further information contact Teri Riddle, teri.riddle@lotterync.net or 919-301-3309.

Meetings Schedule
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*Future dates subject to change
December 6, 2016 Agenda Minutes
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December 8, 2015 Agenda Minutes
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December 16, 2009 Agenda Minutes
November 2, 2009 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
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August 18, 2009 No Agenda Minutes
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October 22, 2008 (via telephone) No Agenda Minutes
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March 22, 2007 No Agenda Minutes
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September 27, 2006 No Agenda Minutes
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August 9, 2006 No Agenda Minutes
August 3, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
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June 6, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
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May 2, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
April 25, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
April 18, 2006 Agenda Minutes
April 4, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
March 28, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
March 21, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
March 14, 2006 Agenda Minutes
March 7, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
February 28, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
February 24, 2006 Agenda Minutes
February 21, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
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January 30, 2006 Agenda Minutes
January 6, 2006 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
December 28, 2005 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
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December 15, 2005 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
December 8, 2005 (via telephone) Agenda Minutes
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