Meet the Board
Chad has over 15 years of experience assisting businesses and professionals with their human resource and organizational develop needs. He is designated as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HRCI. Over the past eight years he has focused on training and advising small business owners, corporations and individuals in the areas of LGBT workplace issues, diversity, inclusion and policy development. In addition to his career, Chad has been active within the community and continues to volunteer for various organizations.
Previously, Chad served as President of the Charlotte Business Guild and overseen the transition to the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce. He continued to broaden the network of business owners and professionals by fostering a continued relationship with the Charlotte Chamber and gaining affiliation with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership the CLGBTCC experienced unprecedented growth and received the 2016 Organization of the Year Award from the Human rights Campaign.
In addition to moving the CLGBTCC forward under their mission, he believes that all organizations should reflect the communities they serve. Every business owner, professional, college student and retiree that identifies as LGBTQ or supports equality for all should have more than just a seat at the table, they should be given a voice.
Gerardo Madrid was born in Mexico and to the States when he was three years old. He grew up in a small town named, Chatsworth, GA just one hour and forty minutes north of Atlanta. He moved to Charlotte, NC to pursue a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at Johnson & Wales University. There he was also involved with the Campus LGBT Pride organization. He was in charge of leading meetings, bringing community guests and speakers to campus, and executing events that promoted inclusion and community. He also stayed to receive his Bachelor of Science in Business, and later landed a full time job as a Human Resources professional. He still loves pastry, but realized it was more of a hobby. He is still seeking ways to be involved in Charlotte and the LGBT community. During his spare time he enjoys attending various run clubs, trying new restaurants and cuisines, traveling and spending time with friends.
Having spent most of my career in the financial services industry, currently a mortgage manager; I believe there is a general need in the community for professionals to donate time to improve the community we live in.
Having relocated to Charlotte in May, I am looking for ways to get actively involved and would like to commit to activities that I believe in. Being able to support the LGBT community is important to me, and I would like the opportunity to assist where possible. I am fully able to commit to the 1-20 hours a month of volunteer service, thanks to both a supportive partner and a Company that encourages community activity.
In September, I joined the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte and believe this along with the Chamber can be two good areas to support the community.
Prior to board positions have included the United Way as a general board member, the American Heart Association as the Silicon Valley Walk Chairperson for 2 years, Board member and President for my Church in Silicon Valley, Work to Future board member for over 11 years with being the Chair/Vice Chair of the Youth Committee and Board Member/Member Chairmen for the SIlicon Valley LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Jennifer Carbuto is a Art Director for Intrigue, a New York Company that she has been with for 24 years. Originally from Long Island I moved to Charlotte 5 years ago. I joined the Business Guild in 2013 helping them brand themselves with a new logo & new marketing. I feel its very important to give back to the community where I can. When I'm not helping on the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce board, I am a classroom mom for my children's classes. I have 3 children and husband. I love traveling, reading & checking out new microbreweries.
Co-chair, Programs & Events
Nattiel Turner is a native of Maryland, but moved to Charlotte three days after his high school graduation to pursue his degree in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University. During his tenure at Johnson & Wales he managed various restaurants and completed internships with the Nutrition & Diet Department at Carolina’s Medical Center focusing on meal plans and nutrition regimens. In addition to his academics and work schedule, Nattiel was also involved in the planning and opening of Georges Brassier in South Park. Nattiel had the distinct honor to study under Chef Carrie Hegnauer, Chef Fred Teiss and Chef Shane Pearson and attributes his skills to their dedication and mentoring while at Johnson & Wales . Although his passion for cooking began at an early age with his mother, Chef Rebecca Padgett guiding him, he began career development under Chef Tony Hilligoss at Parkside High School in the culinary arts program.
He received his Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in 2008. Upon graduation, he continued to manage restaurants and hospitality along with offering private chef services in the Charlotte metro area. In 2012, he opened Your Custom Catering & Events, a full-service catering and events firm. His idea was to offer catering and event management to those who were priced out of the big-name competitors within the industry. The company is considered a preferred and exclusive caterer for more than fifteen venues in and around the Queen City. He has been named one of “Charlotte’s Best Caterers” for two years consecutively. His company has consistently received the Spectrum Customer Service Award for three years as well. Nattiel prides himself in a client centered approach to catering and event management and maintains an “A+ Rating” and is an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau and is listed as an accredited business in the North Carolina.
In addition to his culinary prowess, he is also very involved in his community. Nattiel is an active member of the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. He has served on the boards of Charlotte Black Gay Pride and the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce. His memberships have included the LGBT Chamber and Charlotte Chamber. Each year he gets involved in local elections and volunteers with various campaigns. This past year he was invited by faculty as a guest speaker at Johnson & Wales University, offering guidance and insight to future culinary and business students who want to open their own company. His philanthropic endeavors include the Charlotte Men’s Shelter, Time Out Youth, Urban Ministry, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Relatives. In 2017, Nate was honored as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s 30 Under 30 for his entrepreneurial success and what he has given to the Charlotte community through his business, activism and volunteerism.
Most recently, he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University with honors.
Chair, Membership Experience
Jason is a native North Carolinian, having spent most of his life living in Jacksonville, NC, before moving to the Charlotte area in the summer of 2014. He is a 2010 graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Jason’s careers and life can be summed up in one word: service. For five years, he helped middle and high school students reach their highest potential on their instrument of choice in the marching and concert band setting. Now, he is helping members of the Charlotte and Lake Norman community to navigate the home buying and home selling process with success as a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty. Jason is also a real estate coach who helps encourage other to REALTORS® to reach their goals and fund the perfect life. Jason was recognized as the Keller Williams Realty - Lake Norman - Cornelius "2016 Rookie of the Year" and was also awarded the Five Star Professional 2017 Rising Star Award for the Charlotte area (see www.fivestarprofessional.com to learn more). Outside of his career, Jason serves as a member of the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association Communications Committee and is a Musical Minds of Huntersville Board Member. He currently lives in Charlotte with his partner, Matt, and enjoys trying out new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Chair, LGBTE Certification & Supplier Diversity
Natasha Tutt is originally from Amityville, NY. She obtained her BA in Economics at Spelman College and her MBA at NC State. She currently is a demand management consultant for Wells Fargo and a solider in the North Carolina National Guard.
Alonzo E. Brown
CO-CHAIR, PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Creative, innovative, and superb are all words that describe Alonzo Brown's work as a public relations practitioner, events, and communications professional.
Armed with a spirit of excellence, great personality, a high level of integrity, and over 15 years of extensive and diverse integrated communications and event planning experience, Alonzo has worked on key national, regional and local brands including Kraft Foods (Tombstone Pizza), Milk Mustache campaign, Illinois Bureau of Tourism, Citibank, African American Family Reunion Tour, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Cedar Park Cemetery and Funeral Home, ABC Television Network, Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action, Oldsmobile, Ralston-Purina, ShoreBank (formerly South Shore Bank), American Family Insurance, Kellogg’s, Abbot Laboratories, Verizon Communications and U.S. Cellular.
Alonzo launched GoodCompany in August 2013 to put his creative and strategic planning skills to work to help clients build brand synergy across their communications vehicles. GoodCompany is a full-service strategic communications, special event planning and event marketing firm. GoodCompany has worked with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, The Chicago Community Trust, The Chicago Urban League, Taskforce Prevention and Community Services, Judy Rice for Judge Campaign, and the Chicago Elite Classic Basketball Tournament.
From 2006-08, Alonzo served as President and CEO of B. Partners, a strategic communications firm that boasted an impressive client list that included non-profits and everyday consumer brands including BP, the Chicago Urban League, Sprite (Coca-Cola Company), Abbott Laboratories, Verizon, Chicago United, Urban Media Group/U.S. Cellular, South Side Help Center, Maybach, Chicago Department of Health/National Black HIV Awareness Day, and the Chicago Defender.
Before launching GoodCompany, a Chicago-based strategic communications firm, Alonzo served as Senior Director of Communications at a prominent Chicago-area community health center where he was responsible for all corporate, internal and external communications, social media strategies, community relations, external affairs, executive communication, as well as overseeing and guiding the work of all marketing collateral materials for over 20 programs and services that were offered to over 17,000 patients. Prior to leading the communications function for the health center, Alonzo worked with Porter Novelli-Atlanta. There he managed the Centers for Disease Control’s $1.5 million African American HIV testing campaign that included community relations, social marketing, and event marketing.