NAAOP Exec Earns Business Visions Award

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George Breece, the executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) received a 2019 Business Visions Award from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) to honor his lifetime of public service.

Breece, a former member of the North Carolina house of representatives, a U.S. Army veteran, and former chairman of the state Military Affairs Commission, is a well-known civic leader and military advocate in Cumberland County. He is the former chairman of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber and founding executive director of NAAOP, a position he has held since 1987.

UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings commended Breece for his long history of service as he presented him with the Dr. Collie Coleman Spirit of Unity Award.

"George brings years of experience, a sense of humility and humor, energy and passion to every conversation and to all of his work…," Cummings said. "It's been George's life mission to give back to our state, community, and the military through his civic involvement for the past five decades."

Breece serves on numerous civic board and organizations, including chair of the Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade. He also helped lead successful restoration efforts for the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery and is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state's highest civic honor.