The inaugural leadership group is made of
GOP leaders from across the region.
This group includes former County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour,
Board of Education Member Sean Strain, Activists Kevin Abplanalp, Dan Barry,
Mike Hicks, Steve Huff, Ken May, Pedro Morey, Derek Partee, John Powell, Stewart Taylor,
Bob Wilberger and David Willis.
Daniel Barry - President
Dan Barry is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Union County Republican Party. He currently serves on the Union County, 9th District, and NCGOP Executive Committees. In addition, Dan serves as Vice-Chairman of the NCGOP Plan of Organization Committee.
Stewart Taylor - Vice President
Stewart Taylor, who has succeeded in 25 years pharmaceutical sales & marketing, is a strategic, innovative & transformational leader who combines quantitative, qualitative & interpersonal skills for consistent success.. Stuart is known for personnel
management, business acumen, customer relationships, cross-functional team coordination, & designing new organizational structures leading to long-term business relationships.
Kevin Abplanalp - Secretary
Kevin Abplanalp is the owner of Future Prep Educational Services, an Educational Consulting Company based in Charlotte, NC (named as one of the top Test Prep companies in the greater Charlotte area by Expertise.com for three years running). Kevin taught at UNCC in their psychology department for ten years. He is a past Mecklenburg County Precinct Chair and currently serves on the executive committee for the 12th District GOP. He has worked and volunteered in various capacities on the campaigns of numerous Republican candidates, including Dan Forest, Dan Bishop, John Powell, and Pat McCrory. Kevin is the President of Americans For Comprehensive Education Reform, an independent organization devoted to improving the quality of education in America.
Robert Wilberger - Treasurer
Robert "Bob" Wilberger is the new Treasurer of the Hornet’s Nest Republican Men’s Club. He is a Precinct Chair in the 28th district of Union County. He is now retired from a long career with Northrop Grumman and Price Waterhouse Coopers as an expert in the field of identity management and computer security. His Treasurer’s experience comes from positions with National Associations and local Community committees. Robert now looks forward to providing valuable assistance to the Hornet’s Nest Republican Men’s Club.
David Willis - Director
David Willis is a proud Christian Conservative, a small business owner, husband and father of three. David is deeply entrenched in education from "cradle to career" and currently serves on the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. David is an active member of the Republican Party in Union and Mecklenburg Counties.
John Powell - Director
John Powell continues to be an activist for the Republican Party. He has served on the Mecklenburg County 9th Congressional District Executive Committee, Past Candidate for Charlotte City Council At-Large (2015 and 2017), worked on campaigns for US Congress, US Senate, State General Assembly (House and Senate), State Judicial, local city, towns and county campaigns. In addition, John served on the City of Charlotte Planning and Zoning Administrations as a two-term board member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. John is a Fellow with The Institute For The Public Trust and The North Carolina Institute Of Political Leadership.
Ken May - Director
Ken May is a retired Insurance Executive who has been a life long Republican and political enthusiast. He is an NC GOP delegate, Precinct Vice Chair and represents the HNMRC on the executive committee of the MeckGOP. Volunteer activities include serving as the VP of Administration, Board Governance & Risk Management of the Executive Board of the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Vice President of Membership for his area of the Southern Region of BSA National.