The EDPNC proudly serves as North Carolina’s statewide economic development organization, led by a team of executives who are some of the most talented and experienced in their sectors, and governed by an 18-member board of business and industry leaders representative of the entire state.


The EDPNC executive team oversees economic development, business recruitment and services, tourism and more.

Christopher Chung

Christopher Chung

Chief Executive Officer
Michael Ebert

Michael Ebert

Chief Operating Officer
Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Vice President, Business Recruitment & Development
Denise Desatnick

Denise Desatnick

Vice President, Marketing & Research
Wit Tuttell

Wit Tuttell

Vice President, Tourism

Executive Board

The EDPNC board of directors is comprised of corporate executives, family-owned business operators, entrepreneurs, and hospitality and economic development professionals.

Gene McLaurin

Chairman, EDPNC Board of Directors
Quality Oil Company

Rolf Blizzard

Managing Director
Turnpike Properties

Sam Bowles

Managing Director
New Republic Capital

Spence Broadhurst

President - Eastern North Carolina
First National Bank

Swadesh Chatterjee

Swadesh Chatterjee & Associates

Pam Cundiff

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Travel Consultants, Inc.

Keith Holtsclaw

Consultant and Retired President/CEO
Blue Ridge Hospital

James R. Jordan

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Hornets Sports & Entertainment

John Kane

Founder and CEO
Kane Realty Corporation

Vimal Kolappa

Entrepreneur and Founder
East Coast Hospitality

Sheila Knight, CCIM

SK Strategies, LLC

Karen LeVert

CEO and Co-Founder
Ag TechInventures Inc.

Michelle Logan

Vice President and General Manager, Drug Product Division North America
Thermo Fisher Scientific

William P. Morgan, Jr., RFC

Capital Management Group, Inc.

Lee Nettles

Executive Director
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Machelle Baker Sanders

Secretary of Commerce
N.C. Department of Commerce

Aaron Thomas

President & CEO
Metcon, Inc.

Jeffery Turner

Executive Vice President and COO
Murphy Family Ventures