NC Chamber of Commerce honors WPU board chair


By Dezarae Churchill

WPU Board of Trustees Chair Billie Redmond was presented the 2022 Albert Earl Finley Distinguished Service Award on Sept. 15 at the Raleigh Chamber’s 134th annual meeting held at Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center of Performing Arts.

The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce describes the A.E. Finley as ‘an award presented annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the betterment and improvement of our community through leadership, dedication, support and involvement.’

Redmond is the founder of Trademark Properties, a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm in the Triangle. Born and raised in North Carolina, she has created a life here with her husband and three children.

The award was presented to Redmond by last year’s recipient, J. Blount Williams.

“Billie’s tireless dedication has earned her several honors over the years, including being named one of the top 20 CEOs in the Triangle in 2016 by the Triangle Business Journal. And also earning the Triangle Business Journal Legacy Award which recognizes leaders who help shape the Triangle through their business and leadership endeavors,” said Williams.

Redmond opened her acceptance speech with scripture: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

Redmond expressed gratitude, as she has been given so much and feels servitude is the best way to honor her blessings. She ended her award speech with an uplifting message.

“Let’s keep this Raleigh party going,” said Redmond. 

The meeting concluded with a networking reception in the plaza of the Fletcher Theater, courtesy of Wells Fargo. The gathering included hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music and tents themed as Arts/Culture, Parks, Sports, and North Carolina.

Vendors included William Peace University, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, artspace, Duck Donuts, Wake Tech, and many others.

Photo by Dezarae Churchill