Business Roundup: Catawba professor to give economic outlook at Chamber of Commerce meeting

Published 12:05 am Sunday, December 21, 2014

Eric R. Hake, of Catawba College, will present a 2015 Economic Outlook titled “Green Shoots and Ladders” at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership (PIP) breakfast on Jan. 15, at 7:30 a.m. at Trinity Oaks, 728 Klumac Road. January’s PIP is presented by the Bank of North Carolina.

Eric Hake

Eric Hake

Hake is the Associate Professor of Economics and department chair of Business and Economics at Catawba College. He joined Catawba College in 2010 and has been teaching economics at the college level since receiving his doctorate in economics in 1994 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

His primary interests are macroeconomics and finance history, focusing on the legal and financial adaptations associated with technological change that jointly create the modern global economy. The social impacts of these changes are best described by Joseph Schumpeter’s expression “gales of creative destruction.”

Hake has been published in the Journal of Economic Issues, the Forum for Social Economics, and the Review of Political Economy, and serves as the secretary for the international academic association, The Association for Evolutionary Economics.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Salisbury.

The upcoming PIP dates are: Feb. 19, March 19, April 16 and May 21. If you are interested in obtaining a Half-season Power Card, please let us know. The Power Card is the Rowan Chamber’s frequent attender program. You receive a discounted price for the series and do not have to make a reservation each month.

The reservation deadline is Jan. 13 by 5 p.m. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. The price includes the cost of breakfast and the program. Contact the Chamber at 704-633-4221 or

Cabarrus Chamber Legislative Breakfast is Jan. 9

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce will have its Legislative Breakfast Jan. 9 at in downtown Concord.

The Legislative Breakfast connects members with information about the upcoming North Carolina General Assembly sessions and provides them direct access to state legislators. Join the Chamber for a frank discussion of the issues and legislation that affects your business on the docket for the session. Additional speakers (N.C. State Treasurer, Secretary of Department of Revenue, political commentators) often attend to provide additional perspective.

Non-member tickets are $40 each while member tickets are $25.

The event will take place at Hotel Concord. Registration and breakfast start at 7:45 a.m., and the program runs from 8:25 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For information on sponsorship or tickets, contact Holly Sloop at 704.260.8100 or Visit for more information.

Wingate named in list of hospital leaders

CONCORD — Phyllis Wingate, division president of the Northern Group of Carolinas HealthCare System and President of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, was named to the Becker’s Hospital Review’s List of 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2014.

As Division President of the Northern Group and President of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Wingate oversees a 457-inpatient-bed, Level III Trauma Center. She is also responsible for Carolinas Medical Center-University, a 130-bed, full-service community acute care hospital.

Prior to joining Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Wingate served as President of Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy for three years. She was responsible for the 196-bed facility as well as Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health – Charlotte. She established the first intensivist program at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy and achieved a number of operational improvements, including top quartile physician and employee satisfaction.

Wingate is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in physical therapy She also received a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is active in the American Hospital Association, the North Carolina Hospital Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Physical Therapy Advisory Board, Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation, Cabarrus Health Alliance, Cabarrus Arts Council, and numerous other civic and professional organizations.