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Just two weeks after Michael Leonard (seat 12C) will join in a Celebration of Life with his fellow survivors from Flight 1549, Miracle on the Hudson, he is strengthening his roots in the Charlotte business community. In 2006, Michael transplanted his family to Charlotte for Belk. After ten years at Belk, he took an out of town position, first in NYC and then South Florida, flying back-and-forth to CLT each week. Michael stated “after a couple years of commuting, I realized I wanted to be home, not just a weekend attendee. I wanted to reconnect with my community and be part of its growth” QC Signs & Graphics was born.

Michael, an Officer in the Rotary Club of Ballantyne, an active member of both the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and the Pineville NC Chamber of Commerce, is now a small business owner here in Charlotte.