Bill Kalkhof (far right) poses with his portrait that now hangs in the Durham Convention Center with Reyn Bowman and Mayor Bill Bell.

Downtown Visionary Award
Downtown Durham Inc
November 2013
Presented the “Downtown Visionary Award” at the Downtown Durham, Inc. 2013 annual meeting for 20 years of leading the renaissance of Downtown Durham.

American Cancer Society Team of Excellence
American Cancer Society
November 2013
Bill’s cancer fundraising team, PennyWren, was named as one of the select few “National Teams of Excellence” by the American Cancer Society for its fundraising efforts during the past 8 years.

Triangle CREW Champion Award
Triangle CREW
April 2013
Triangle CREW awarded its highest recognition of the “Impact Award” which is given to “…an individual who, over the course of a distinguished career, has made significant contributions or has had a significant positive influence on the Triangle’s real estate industry.”

Durham City Council Proclamation
Durham City Council
April 2013
A proclamation naming April 30, 2013 “Bill Kalkhof Day” in recognition 20 years of leading “…the remarkable downtown revitalization effortsd in downtown Durham…”

Durham County Commission Proclamation
Durham County Commission
April 2013
The Durham County Commission declared the last week of April, 2013 as “Bill Kalkhof Week” in honor of Bill’s tireless efforts to “…change the face and image of Downtown Durham for a generation, a feat few thought possible back in 1993. The Commissioners urged “…all citizens to go out and Find Your Cool in downtown Durham.”

Durham Grit Awards (2 times)
Durham Herald Sun
The Durham Herald Sun awarded the Durham Grit Awards on two different occasions (February 2002 and January 2004) for the incredible perseverance and progress leading to the revitalization of downtown Durham.

Tarheel of the Week
Raleigh News & Observer
March 1993
Named the Tarheel of the Week by the News & Observer is recognition of his appointment as first president/CEO of Downtown Durham, Inc.

Durham Dreamers
Durham community
December 2010
An arts-related portrait program to honor 12 visionaries who have positively impacted the Durham community over a long career

Portrait in the Durham Convention Center
Durham community
December 2009
Along with mayor Bill Bell, and retired president/CEO Reyn Bowman of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, a large portrait of all three was dedicated and hung in the Durham Convention Center in honor of ¬†“…visionary efforts to revitalize downtown Durham.”

American Cancer Society — UNC Cancer Relay for Life
American Cancer Society
April 2013
In honor of his beloved Jennifer who lost her courageous battle against cancer in May 2010, the American Cancer society recognized Bill’s team (PennyWren) for being the leading fund raising team for 7 consecutive years, and raising a total of more than $100,000 since 2006 in the fight against cancer.

Champion for Young Children Award
Durham Partnership for Children
November 2010
Named Business Person of the Year for efforts to increase pre-school education opportunities for Durham’s youngest citizens

Triangle CREW Champion Award
Triangle CREW
April 2010
Awarded the Triangle region Economic Development Leadership Award

Impact 100
Business Leader magazine
January 1999
Named to the business “Impact 100″ by Business Leader magazine for the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.



Durham Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors from 1990 – 2011

Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
Board member
Member of the DCVB Board of Directors from 2001 – 2004

Durham Technical Community College
Foundation Board of Directors
Current member of the Durham Tech Foundation Board of Directors

Durham Convention Center Authority Board
Board of Directors
Current Board member of the Durham Convention Center Authority Board

United Way
Board member and campaign vice president
Board member and campaign vice president in 1994 and 2000

Light Up Durham
Founder and Board member
Founder and Board member of Durham’s holiday celebration from 1996 – 2003

Durham Rotary Club
Board member and general member
Member and Board member (1999 – 2001) of the Downtown Durham Rotary Club since 1993

North Carolina Downtown Development Association
Board member and chairman
Board member from 1997 – 2005; chairman-elect from 1999 – 2000; chairman from 2001 – 2003

YMCA Board of Directors
Board member
Board member of the Durham YMCA from 1997 – 2001; and 2011 – present. Founding member of the Downtown Durham YMCA.

Durham Arts Council
Board member
Member of Board of Directors, 2013-2015

South Durham Little League
Foundation Board
Member of Foundation Board of Directors, 2013-2015