Print
Achievers & Accolades

Chamber Names Recipient Of Lifetime Achievement Award

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Mar 5, 2019
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has named the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, according to a news release.

John "Jack" Barto was given the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award in Business, officials said. He was recognized at the annual meeting of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 27.

Barto previously served as president and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center for 12 years.

During his time at NHRMC, officials said the number of employees grew at the hospital by 55 percent and employee turnover dropped from 14 percent to 11 percent. Gross revenue also increased from $1.1 billion to $3.5 billion and net revenue from $449 million to $1.1 billion during Barto's leadership, officials said in the release.

Dick McGraw, former NHRMC board chair, assisted with the presentation of the chamber's award, said officials.

“I do not have the time to list all the positive changes and accomplishments Jack made at the medical center -- or his and Mary’s involvement in numerous community and charitable activities,” said McGraw, who was quoted from the annual event presentation, in the release.

NHRMC's current leader was also present at the meeting. John Gizdic, president and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is the chamber board of directors' immediate past chairman. John Elliott, director of government and community relations for Duke Energy, has taken over the chairman role.

Gizdic said during the meeting he is proud that “the entire organization has transitioned in a way that will position the chamber well into the future,” becoming “the lead voice in the community for business.”

Elliott's vision for the chamber in 2019 is to “find our voice by aggressively advocating for our members and pushing for positive change and position the chamber as the trusted advisor for all community stakeholders," he said in the release.
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Hewet60

I Disagree.

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership
Jim ellis headshot 10311631058

Why Your Company Needs a Corporate Video

Jim Ellis - Signal
Headshot2

Small Colleges Focus on Accessible Course Formats for Adult Students

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan

Trending News

Homebuilder Branches Out With Flooring Business

Cece Nunn - Apr 17, 2019

Oceanic Prepares To Reopen

Jessica Maurer - Apr 17, 2019

Porters Neck Rezoning Request To Bring Lots For Sale

Johanna Cano - Apr 18, 2019

In $15.7M Deal, Alcami Sells Wilmington Technology Center, Leases It Back

Cece Nunn - Apr 18, 2019

Swamp Thing Filming Halt May Reflect Streaming Wars

Jenny Callison - Apr 17, 2019

In The Current Issue

Hamilton Looks To Redefine The Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship isn't limited to a select few, says Brian Hamilton, co-founder and CEO of Sageworks, who has been spreading that message i...


MADE: GE's 50 Years In Wilmington

A look at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a provider of advanced reactor technology and services, which has been a major part of Wilmington's bus...


Building Up Health Care Innovation

When New Hanover Regional Medical Center launched its Innovation Center last year, it sought to foster and test creative ideas for improving...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018