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Upstate Forever Adds Members

Dec 21, 2017 02:20PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Main photo: Hank McCullough. Gallery: Ken Deon, Charles Dalton.

Upstate Forever announces three new additions to its board of directors: Hank McCullough, Ken Deon, and Charles Dalton.

McCullough currently serves as senior manager, government relations & community for Piedmont Natural Gas, where he oversees legislative, policy, and grassroots activities relating to Piedmont’s operations in South Carolina and Western North Carolina. He is also responsible for local government interaction within Piedmont’s Upstate and Western North Carolina service areas and for coordination of the Company’s community, philanthropic, and economic development efforts.

Deon is a retired partner with KPMG LLP’s Government Audit practice, where he has served state and local governments. Deon has managed large complex engagements, handled complex accounting and auditing issues in governmental settings, audited federal programs under OMB Circular A-133, and reviewed financial statements issued under GAAP prescribed for governments. During his career, Deon has worked on a diverse set of governmental clients, including being the signing partner on a number of billion dollar governments and schools of higher education.

Dalton is the president and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. He has served on many local boards throughout his career, and is a current member of the Upstate Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team and chairman of the Upstate Board of Directors for the American Heart Association.

For more information about Upstate Forever’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council, visit