Four Outstanding Business Leaders Named Charlotte’s 2016 Fathers of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Four exemplary Charlotte-area dads and business leaders will be honored
June 17 as Charlotte’s 2016 Fathers of the Year.

The well-known businessmen were selected by the National Father’s Day
Council for their outstanding commitment to their children and the
values of fatherhood. They’ll be honored at Charlotte’s 16th Annual
Father of the Year Awards fundraiser, benefiting the American Diabetes
Association. The honorees are:

  • Mike Lamach, Chairman and CEO, Ingersoll Rand
  • Jeffrey “JB” Brown, CEO, Ally Financial
  • Fred Hargett, CFO, Novant Health
  • Malcomb Coley, Office Managing Partner, EY

“We’re proud to honor these exceptional fathers, who’ve so admirably
balanced their personal lives with successful careers and community
service records,” said Jim Kelligrew, 2016 co-chair of the Charlotte
Father’s Day Council, which has honored 76 fathers and raised more than
$5 million here for diabetes research and education.

The black tie-optional gala is sponsored by The Chris and Susan Kearney
Foundation, Nucor Corp., Keystone Capital, Novant Health, US Bancorp,
Ally Financial, Ingersoll Rand, EY, SPX Flow, Hearst Corp., Babson
Capital, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, WBTV (CBS), Charlotte Magazine, La
Noticia, Diamonds Direct, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Movement Mortgage,
and Chelsea Building Group. The awards are at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June
17, at the Westin Hotel, 601 S. College St., Charlotte.

The ADA continues to search for a cure for diabetes, the body’s
inability to produce or respond to insulin, causing high blood sugar
levels that often lead to blindness, kidney failure, amputation, heart
attack and stroke, according to Dianne Roth, ADA market director,
central Carolinas area. “Without the $500,000 we hope to raise this year
from the gala, the ADA’s local outreach programs – serving more than
195,000 people in the Charlotte Metrolina area who have diabetes,
including nearly 25 percent who are unaware they have it – would be

“All of our dads have seen the devastation that people with diabetes and
their families, friends or colleagues face each day,” added Tom James,
2016 co-chair. “So they understand how important the ADA’s resources and
information are to help diabetics lead healthier, more productive lives.”

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure
diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For
more information, call the ADA in Charlotte at 704-373-9111 or visit

Established in 1940, the National Father’s Day Council annually honor
fathers whose achievements and values enhance the meaning and stature of
fatherhood. The council has raised more than $45 million in its 22-year
partnership with the ADA to search for a cure for diabetes.


Pat Higgins, 704-373-9111 x3266