Day One — North Carolina Defense Business Association Event Does Not Disappoint

I enjoy getting out of the office to attend events like the North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA) Event held in Pinehurst April 19-20. Each time, I meet exciting people, obtain invaluable contacts, and learn more about the defense industry. This week’s event does not disappoint. I have connected, and reconnected, with defense industry vendors, and heard from several influential speakers, including Keith Crisco, NC Secretary of Commerce .

Check out the picture from the trade show taken earlier today.

Montie Roland at NCDBA Event in Pinehurst


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Montie Roland

Montie Roland is President of Montie Gear, a manufacturer of outdoor sporting equipment in Sanford, NC. Montie is also employed at Pentair in Sanford, NC as a Mechanical Engineer on the New Product Development team. Montie enjoys finding innovative solutions to customer requirements. He has 15 years of experience engineering products in diverse market spaces including industrial, commercial and military. Montie earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is also the President Emeritus of the Carolinas chapter of the Product Design Management Association ( and a founder of the RTP Product Development Guild (

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