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Lee Roberts became director of the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management in September 2014 on the appointment of Gov. Pat McCrory. He has spent most of his career in banking and finance, most recently as managing director of Piedmont Commu
Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard and a political commentator on Fox News Channel. He was a panelist on "The McLaughlin Group" and co-host of "The Beltway Boys." He is the author of the book Rebel-in-Chief on
Brandon Arnold is executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union and National Taxpayers Union Foundation. In this role, he helps to oversee strategic planning and government affairs efforts for NTU and its staff. He joined NTU in 2012
Dr. John J. Bethune is professor of economics at Barton College. He directs the BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education. Prior to accepting his position at Barton, Bethune held the Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise at the
Ilario Pantano, a former Marine sniper, became director of the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs in 2013 and was immediately tasked by Gov. Pat McCrory to lead the charge in making North Carolina the most veteran-friendly state. Prior
Becki Gray is vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff, and other decision makers involved in the state public-policy process.

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Jerry Gaus is the James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. His books include "On Philosophy, Politics and Economics," "Contemporary Theories of Liberalism: Public Reason as a Post-Enlightenment Project," "Justificat
Jay Schalin is director of policy analysis at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He joined the Pope Center in August 2007. A Philadelphia native, he began his writing career as a freelance journalist for the Asbury Park Press
Dr. Rebecca Tippett is the director of Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she translates demographic and economic data into specific, usable information and knowledge to inform decision-making, evalu
Haley Barbour served two terms as governor of Mississippi, from 2004 to 2012. He began his political career in 1968, dropping out of college to work on Richard Nixon's presidential campaign. In 1976, after supporting Ronald Reagan for the GOP n
Donald van der Vaart has been secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources since Jan. 1, 2015. Van der Vaart had served as DENR's deputy secretary and as the department’s energy policy adviser since August 2014. Prior t
Dr. Stephen J.K. Walters is professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland and a fellow of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at the Johns Hopkins University. Walters also serves as ec
Jamey Falkenberry is press secretary and director of operations for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. He has worked for Forest since 2013 and is a former office manager for U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick. Dr. Jeni Corn is director if evaluation programs at the Friday
Brenda Berg is president and CEO of BEST NC, a nonpartisan organization of more than 100 business leaders with a focus on making education in North Carolina the best in the nation. She has more than 20 years of experience as a business owner, p
Mary Katharine Ham is a Fox News contributor, editor-at-large for HotAir.com, a writer, and journalist. She grew up in Durham. Guy Benson is also a Fox News contributor, TownHall.com political editor, and radio host. In this speech, Ham and Ben
Dr. Peter Frank is the interim dean for the Porter B. Byrum School of Business and an associate professor of economics at Wingate University, where he chairs the BB&T Program on the Moral Foundations of Free Enterprise. Frank is a member of the
Dr. Edward Lopez is professor of economics and the BB&T distinguished professor of capitalism at Western Carolina University. He teaches classes in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and ethics of capitalism, and he oversees the BB&T Moral Foundat
Dr. Andrew Taylor is professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs at N.C. State University. His research focuses on American governmental institutions. He has published in many academic journals and has writt
Dr. Derek K. Yonai is director of the Center for Free Enterprise and an associate professor of economics in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College. He is also a senior research fellow at the Instit
Dr. Molly Worthen is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Worthen received her Ph.D. from Yale University. At UNC-CH, she teaches courses on North American intellectual and religious history. She
Jonathan Williams is vice president for the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council. He works with state policymakers, congressional leaders, and members of the private sector to develop fiscal policy solutio
Garland Tucker is a best-selling author and historian, as well as a highly successful entrepreneur. He founded Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded company based in Raleigh, and is its president, CEO, and chairman. Prior to that, he
England's Magna Carta reached its 800th anniversary in June. The John Locke Foundation helped commemorate the milestone with a panel discussion featuring experts on the document's impact on North Carolina and the American constitutional system.
Todd Davidson is policy specialist for the State Policy Network. He is responsible for building talent among policy analysts and advancing policies that unleash job creation. Davidson graduated with a master's degree in economics from the Unive
Dr. Sara L. Imhof serves both as director of education and grassroots advocacy and as a health policy analyst for The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget issues and th
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