Tom Dayvault

Speaker & Facilitator

Tom Dayvault retired from a 32-year career in the Chamber of Commerce profession serving as President of three organizations in Cabarrus and Guilford counties in North Carolina. Believing that trust is the mantel for success, he has worked with community, non-profit, government and business organizations to enhance economic and community development in various regions throughout the state.

After retirement from the chamber world, Dayvault led initiatives with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and served on the Governor’s team with the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. Passionate to assist veterans, he currently serves on the board that constructed the Carolina Field of Honor and the American Heroes for North Carolina board of directors.

Active in state and national chamber of commerce initiatives, Dayvault has served as Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Institute for Organizational Management for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to train new chamber executives throughout the southeast. He also served as President of the North Carolina Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and is one of only two people to ever be twice selected as the Chamber Executive of the Year for North Carolina. Dayvault led three different organizations through the U.S. Chamber accreditation process and achieved the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation, the highest in the chamber of commerce profession in America.

For his service to North Carolina, Dayvault received the coveted Long Leaf Pine award and was selected to serve on the Governor’s Rail Passenger Task Force that successfully re-established passenger train service to the state. He also served on the Governor’s 2000 Steering Committee and the Education: Everybody’s Business Coalition to address public education concerns for North Carolina.

Active in the communities where he served as the chamber executive, Dayvault has been the President of numerous civic clubs, is a Paul Harris Fellow, received keys to the city for both Kannapolis and Concord and served on numerous government and community boards. He served as a Trustee of the High Point Regional Hospital and is on the Board of Visitors for High Point University. A veteran of over 30 High Point Furniture Markets, he continues to escort state and new community leaders through this unique and world-renowned event.

As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dayvault is a decorated airborne Army officer and veteran. He has completed courses in economic development and strategic planning at UNC-Chapel Hill and Georgia Tech. To Dayvault, trust and honor are the key pillars to leadership.