Fast Lane Networking: Tri-Chamber Business After Hours and Karting Fun at GoPro Motorplex

It was certainly networking done at speed during last night’s tri-chamber Business After Hours event at GoPro Motorplex outdoor karting facility in Mooresville, NC. Nearly 200 members of the Lake Norman, Mooresville and Statesville Chambers of Commerce attended the event to enjoy complimentary rental kart racing, followed by food, drinks and prizes.

In addition, as a featured part of the event, the Mooresville, Statesville and Lake Norman Young Professionals groups faced off in a go-kart race to determine which group had the fastest racers. The Young Professionals are groups within each Chamber that encourage younger membership and provide additional philanthropic and networking outlets for members. The idea for the race came from a friendly challenge by the Mooresville Young Professionals group, headed up by Christine Patterson of SpringHill Suites.

“When our events committee met to discuss events for 2016, we wanted to really push the Young Professionals group this year to attract new members,” said Patterson. “We wanted an activity that was fun and would entice younger individuals to attend and what is more fun than go-karts! We decided to include the Young Professionals from the surrounding Chambers because they are professionals that we do business with and they are our neighbors. Our hope is for people to recognize that the Young Professionals are a very big part of this community.”

Each of the three groups of Young Professionals entered four drivers in a winner-takes-all race in GoPro Motorplex’s fleet of 55 mph rental karts on their outdoor, 0.7-mile, 11-turn kart track with serious bragging rights on the line. When the checkered flag flew, it was Brandon Webb with Homestar Financial who took the win home for the Lake Norman Young Professionals. Mike Mead (Mooresville Young Professionals) and Andy Baker (Mooresville Young Professionals) rounded out the podium.

“Well, there was a lot of friendly trash talking leading up to the race, especially between the Chamber Presidents so it felt good to bring the win back to the Lake Norman Chamber and Young Professionals,” said race winner, Webb. “All jokes aside, though, it was a blast and fun to have members of all the local Young Professionals groups come together and enjoy a fun night and productive networking.”

To view the gallery of GoPro photos from the event, CLICK HERE>>


GoPro Motorplex’s facility and fleet of rental karts are available for group and corporate events. Their racing formats, both exciting and educational, will meet the specific goals of any group regarding leadership development, team building and communication. Providing an adrenaline rush like no other, the rental karts reach speeds up to 55 mph and feature cutting-edge technology to offer a fast and safe racing experience. In addition, GoPro Motorplex’s trackside, 2,400 sq. ft. indoor meeting space is equipped with full audio/visual capabilities and can be easily transformed from a classroom presentation setting to a banquet hall for formal dining. For more information on GoPro Motorplex’s group and corporate team building outings and meeting space options, CLICK HERE>>


For information and to learn more about joining your local Chamber of Commerce, please visit lakenormanchamber.org, mooresvillenc.org or statesvillechamber.org