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Come out and hear journalist and author Roland S. Martin, keynote speaker for NSBE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC), at The Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Martin is the host and managing editor of NewsOne Now on TV One and Radio One; the creator and host of The Roland Martin Show, a daily syndicated radio broadcast; a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and The Daily Beast; and senior analyst for The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and has received more than 40 awards for journalistic excellence during his career. He is the author of three books: “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith”; “Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America” and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”
Martin is a 1987 graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications and a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He also received a master's degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University in 2008.
NSBE’s Professional Development Conference will take place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2016. Martin will speak during the PDC Keynote Luncheon, on Oct. 1, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This year’s conference, built around the theme “Elevating Our Culture, Career and Community,” will include workshops moderated by corporate executives in business, engineering, technology and science. The NSBE Energy Special Interest (SIG) and American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) will also host an Energy Summit in conjunction with the PDC. This is a dynamic forum in which students and professionals meet, learn, network and discuss emerging trends and technologies in the power generation, power delivery, energy efficiency, and oil and natural gas industries.

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Lloyd Yates serves as executive vice president of market solutions and president of Duke Energy’s Carolinas Region. He is responsible for aligning customer-focused products and services to deliver a personalized end-to-end customer experience that positions Duke Energy for long-term growth. In addition, he has responsibility for the profit/loss, strategic direction and performance of the company’s regulated utilities in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Yates has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including the areas of nuclear generation, fossil generation and energy delivery. He previously served as executive vice president of regulated utilities for Duke Energy, where he had responsibility for the company’s utility operations in six states. He also had responsibility for federal government affairs, as well as environmental and energy policy at the state and federal levels. As executive vice president of customer operations for Duke Energy, he led the transmission, distribution, customer services, gas operations and grid modernization functions to approximately 7.2 million electric customers and 500,000 gas customers.

Prior to the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012, Yates served as president and chief executive officer for Progress Energy Carolinas. He was promoted to that position in July 2007, after serving for more than two years as senior vice president of energy delivery for Progress Energy Carolinas. Prior to that, he served as vice president of transmission for Progress Energy Carolinas. Yates joined Progress Energy predecessor, Carolina Power & Light, in 1998, and served for five years as vice president of fossil generation. Before joining Progress Energy, he worked for PECO Energy for 16 years in several line operations and management positions.

Yates earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in business administration from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He attended the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and the Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Yates serves on several community, state and industry boards. In 2014, he was elected president and chairman of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies. He is also a director for Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., a global professional services firm. Yates and his wife, Monica, have two daughters.