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About Us

PDMA Carolinas brings together entrepreneurs, industrial designers, product developers, product marketers, researchers, and educators from across North and South Carolina. Professionals representing a breadth of industries and expertise enjoy the diverse perspectives represented in our Carolinas Chapter.

The goal of PDMA Carolinas is to help businesses increase and realize their innovation potential. The chapter brings its community value by providing opportunities to learn new ideas, approaches, best practices, latest research, and customer insights from world-class organizations as well as to network with peers through events and meetings throughout the year where the users (new product development practitioners), not just keynote speakers and gurus, take center stage. 

The capstone event of the year is the Innovate Carolina Annual Conference where we bring in expert speakers from across the country to build a stronger community of innovation professionals in the Carolinas.

Chapter Leadership

Our chapter is supported by the consistent and enthusiastic commitment of many people. Serving the chapter in their many roles, the individuals listed below work to bring programming to PDMA members and the product development and management community.

Cheryl Jacobs – President
Susan Burek – VP Sponsorship, Past President
Lori Frederick - VP Programs
Terry Hagood – Treasurer
Bruce Harned – Secretary
Dinesh Perumal  - VP Academic Affairs
Jeffrey Phillips – Conference Chair
Catherine Rivan – VP Membership
Nancy Weekley – VP Marketing

Scott Burleson – Member at Large
Jeff Groh – Member at Large
Steve Josey – Member at Large

Doug Powell – Past President, Member at Large