Conference Speakers



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Brent Christensen

President & CEO

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

Christensen is a 20+ year veteran of the economic development industry.

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Christopher Chung


Economic Development Partnership of NC

In 2015, Christopher Chung joined the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) as Chief Executive Officer. Chris brings more than 20 years of state-level economic development experience to his role.

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Eric Perkinson

Vice President/Division Manager

Brasfield & Gorrie

Eric oversees the Raleigh office's Commercial division. He is responsible for securing the division's work and supporting its project teams from an executive level. Eric has several years of hands-on construction experience.

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Aquiles F. Suarez

Vice President of Government Affairs

Aquiles oversees the association’s lobbying efforts at the federal, state and local level, and manages NAIOP’s political action committee.  He joined NAIOP in 2007 as head of its government affairs office.