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 a 17-member board of business and industry leaders representative of the entire state.

Leadership

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

Christopher Chung

Christopher Chung

Chief Executive Officer
David Spratley

David Spratley

Vice President, Business Recruitment
Richard Minor

Richard Minor

Vice President, Business Development
John Loyack

John Loyack

Vice President, Global Business Services
Wit Tuttell

Wit Tuttell

Vice President, Tourism
Michael Ebert

Michael Ebert

Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations
Jennifer Harkness

Jennifer Harkness

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Executive Board

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

John Lassiter

Board Chairman, EDPNC
President
Carolina Legal Staffing

Jim Whitehurst

Board Vice Chairman, EDPNC
President and CEO
Red Hat

Marie Flow Arcuri

Dealer Principal
Flow Lexus in Winston-Salem and Greensboro

Mark Bellissimo

Managing Partner
Tryon Equestrian Partners

Charles Creighton

Founder and CEO
Colony Tire Corporation

Michael Hawkins

President
Pisgah Enterprises

John Kane

Founder and CEO
Kane Realty Corporation

Vimal Kolappa

Entrepreneur and Founder
East Coast Hospitality

Thomas Looney

Retired Vice President and General Manager
Lenovo North America

Pleas McMichael

Retired Textile Executive and Exporter

Melanie McNamara

Founder and CEO
Absolute Style Furniture

Caleb Miles

President and CEO
Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pinehurst/Southern Pines/Aberdeen

Sheila Knight

Executive Director
Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development

Robert Singer

Lawyer and Partner
Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard

David Craven

Vice President
Fidelity Bank

Jeffery Turner

Executive Vice President and COO
Murphy Family Ventures

Mark Zimmerman

Owner
RE/MAX Winning Edge