The Charlotte Chamber will bestow longtime Charlotte developer Johnny Harris with its 2017 Citizen of the Carolinas award. The chamber considers it their most prestigious award.
Harris, CEO of Lincoln Harris, has been involved in building Charlotte over the years, including major projects in SouthPark and Ballantyne. He has held an extensive number of leadership roles in Charlotte.
The native Charlottean’s real estate firm is now heading developments such as the approved 1,400-acre River District project and the Rea Farms master-planned project under construction in south Charlotte.
As president of the Quail Hollow Club, Harris helped secure the PGA Championship for Charlotte, which is expected to host more than 200,000 people.
“There is no bigger cheerleader for the city of Charlotte than Johnny Harris. He is a tireless business leader who dares to dream big and then make it happen,” Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber president and CEO, said in a press release. “Johnny’s passion for his hometown is evident in everything he does. The PGA Championship is a perfect example.”
Harris joins Rick Hendrick, head of Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group; Hugh McColl, former Bank of America CEO; Jerry Richardson, Carolina Panthers owner; and others in Charlotte’s business community who have previously received the award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and studied real estate and urban development at American University.
The award will be presented to Harris Nov. 28 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the chamber’s annual meeting.