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Newsmakers Breakfast—the first in 2 years—draws historically minded crowd

April Newsmakers Breakfast speakers Dan Morrill, Abigail Jennings and Michael Jeffcoat. / Photo by Jason Benavides

April 21. More than 60 citizens, business leaders and elected officials attended today’s Newsmakers Breakfast on Historic Preservation at The Peninsula Club.

Hosted by Business Today and Cornelius Today it was the first Newsmakers Breakfast since the COVID outbreak began a little more than two years ago.


Panelists Dan Morrill, Abigail Jennings and Michael Jeffcoat addressed the dynamics of historic preservation, including such issues as property owner rights and the need for owners, preservationist and various government entities to work together.

Key quote

“Historic properties are a tangible artifact of the past, and when they disappear, the character they contributed to the community is lost forever. Preserving these historic places is possible, and the benefits to property owners and the community are well worth the effort,” Jennings said.

She and her husband Randolph Lewis are currently owners of four Mecklenburg historic landmarks, two of which are on the National Register.


The Presenting sponsor was Merrill Lynch/The Lake Norman Group. Breakfast sponsors were Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and G Brokerage Commercial Real Estate. Coffee sponsors were Christina Stone Homes, Davidson Wealth Management and The McIntosh Law Firm.

A full story will appear in the May print edition.

April Newsmakers Breakfast / Photo by Jason Benavides