Joan Zimmerman BIO

Joan ZimmermanJoan H Zimmerman, CEO
Southern Shows, Inc., Box 36859, Charlotte, N.C. 28236

Business: 704-376-6594.

Home: 1134 Scotland Avenue, Charlotte, N.C. 28207


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Company produces 20 trade and consumer shows in the U.S., primarily in the southeast.  Married to Robert (1956) two sons, four grandchildren.  Founded business in 1959. Produced first show in 1960.


Current Community/Business Involvement

Johnson C. Smith University, Advisory Board
National Association of Women Business Owners
State Capitol Foundation
Levine Museum of the New South, Board
Gethsemane Enrichment Program, AME Zion
Good Friends, Board
Council for Children’s Rights Board
Providence Day School, Trustee
Dress for Success, Advisor
Women’s intercultural Exchange, Advisory Board
Women’s Impact Fund
Mentor, Business Journal Women of Year Program

Past Involvement

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch, Chair
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Small Business Comm. Chair
Mayor’s Task Force for Travel & Tourism, Board
N.C. Citizens for Business & Industry, Board
Charlotte World Affairs Council, Board & Past Chair
Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, Board
Governor’s Entrepreneurial Council of N.C.
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Board
American Heart Association, Gala Chair
Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau, Past Chair
First Charlotte Bank, Organizer & Board. (Sold to RBC/ Centura)
North Carolina National Bank, Local Board (now Bank Of America)
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Authority
Junior League of Charlotte, Community Advisor
American Cancer Society, Board
Queen’s College, Trustee
Discovery Place, Board
University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Advisory Board
City of Charlotte Charter Review Commission
WTVI, board & Chair
Salvation Army, Board
Arts and Science Council, Board
Council of Fast Growing Companies, Vice Chair
Central Piedmont Community College, Foundation Board
United Way, Board
University Incubator Center, Board
Charlotte Women’s Political Caucus, Past President


N. C. Business Hall of Fame, Laureate 2005
First recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business/
Wachovia-Business Journal
National Assn. Of Women Business Owners, Community Service Award
Gold Rose Award for Top Career Woman
Top Management Award, Sales & Marketing Executives
Good of the Society Award, American Cancer Society
First Recipient Business Woman of Year (Queen’s 1995)
Women In Business Award, Business Journal, Charter
Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Award
Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau Crowing Achievement Award
Travel Council of North Carolina, Nisbet Award (Robert & Joan Award)
ISIS, International Events Group, Lifetime Achievement Award (Robert & Joan Award)
Travel & Tourism Leader of 20th Century Award (Robert & Joan Award)

Hobbies include swimming, yoga, walking, reading, cooking, work and travel.  Born in Chicago, grew up in and educated in England. Member of Covenant Presbyterian, Charlotte