Several protesters dressed as Santa Claus and visited a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce meeting today, a meeting for the upper echelon of chamber members.
The protesters were from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Occupy Charlotte.
While several Charlotte business leaders spoke at the "Economic Outlook Conference," the protesters had their sites set on Duke Energy's CEO Jim Rogers and Bank of America's President and CEO Brian Moynihan. Other speakers included David Carroll (Wells Fargo), Dan DiMicco (Nucor), Chris Kearney (SPX Corporation) and Jeffrey Lacker (Richmond Federal Reserve).
"We don't have any comment on the protest," Said Tom Williams, Duke Energy's representative. "They're certainly within their rights to protest."
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers had these opening comments when he took the floor:
Bank of America and the Chamber of Commerce have not returned our calls.
Not all Chamber members were invited to attend. According to the Chamber's website, "Only investor-level members (Board of Advisors and up) are eligible to attend." Even then, the cost of entry is $175 per person, or $1,250 for a table of eight.
To become an "investor-level member," a minimum investment of $5,000 to the Chamber is required. Check out the Chamber's membership benefits here.
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