Donnie Loftis is a high impact motivational speaker and agent of change from Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s an identical twin whose brother Ron is 3 minutes older and they have an older brother Tony, a Viet Nam era Veteran. His Dad is a minister who pastored 43 years until retiring in 1993; he’s still very active at the young age of 90 along with his Step Mom.
Donnie is currently employed with CVS Health. There he’s responsible for monitoring required regulatory training for approximately 800 employees at 37 retail healthcare sites. Donnie has been recognized by CVS Health as a three-time Paragon Award winner, which recognizes the top one percent in the company (out of approximately 250,000 employees) not only for CVS Health metrics but for his contributions to his local community and to the state of North Carolina.
Donnie currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CaroMont Health, a 435-bed independent community hospital, employing approximately 4,500 engaged colleagues and the hospital was recently named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America and it's their 5th award. He also serves on two state appointed boards, the North Carolina Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, and the North Carolina Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children
Donnie retired from the military with over 30 years of service as a Combat Engineer. His awards include the Legion of Merit ribbon, both the Bronze Star medal and the Combat Action Badge were awarded for engaging enemies of the United States during combat operations during his Operation Iraqi Freedom tour in 2005 - 2008. He survived an IED attack on March 2006 and his other awards include the de Fleury Medal, the United States Army’s highest award for Engineers in the military, five Army Commendations Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and others. He has participated in 15 North Carolina State Active Duty missions for disaster relief for the citizens of North Carolina.
He was awarded two Humanitarian Service Ribbons for disaster relief efforts during Hurricane’s Hugo and Floyd. He was awarded the Florida Meritorious Service Ribbon in 1992 for Hurricane Andrew relief efforts. He participated in five previous deployments for overseas missions to Panama, Ecuador, Honduras, Italy, and Germany prior to deploying to Iraq.
He was elected to public office for eight years as a County Commissioner and served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman before leaving the board in 2012. Some accomplishments during his tenure as a Commissioner include;
- Appointed National Chairman of the United States for the National Association of Counties, Presidential Steering Committee, for Veterans Outreach Services nationwide. Appointed to National Justice and Public Safety Committee.
- Appointed State Chairman, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Tasks Force for Veteran Outreach Services. That committee helped get legislation passed adding "Veteran" to the North Carolina Divers License. Selected as Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year for the state of North Carolina in 2011.
He resides in Gastonia with his wife Deena, they will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in October 2018. They have one daughter, Kamryn who works as a Registered Veterinarian Nurse.