Commerce secretary cancels, DENR leader to speak instead

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SALISBURY — Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has canceled her appearance Thursday in Salisbury due to an illness in her family.
In her place, John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will speak at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Oaks.
Gov. Pat McCrory named Skvarla secretary in December 2012 as part of his new cabinet and administration.
Skvarla most recently served as CEO for Restoration Systems, an environmental mitigation firm based in Raleigh that helps improve and restore wetlands and waterways.
His past environmental experience also includes his work as chairman with Wilkinson Hi-Rise, a world leader in manufacturing new products such as waste management and automated recycling systems.
An attorney, Skvarla has been managing director of an investment banking office in Raleigh and owner of a Sandhills golf course community.