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
John Loyack

John Loyack

Vice President, Global Business Services
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.

Frank Emory, Jr.

Board Chairman, EDPNC
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Novant Health Inc.

Gene McLaurin

Vice Chairman, EDPNC
Quality Oil Company

Marie Flow Arcuri

Dealer Principal
Flow Lexus in Winston-Salem and Greensboro

Rolf Blizzard

Managing Director
Turnpike Properties

Spence Broadhurst

President - Eastern North Carolina
First National Bank

Anthony Copeland

Secretary of Commerce
N.C. Department of Commerce

Michael Hawkins

Pisgah Enterprises

Joan Higginbotham

Director, Program Management
Collins Aerospace

John Kane

Founder and CEO
Kane Realty Corporation

Vimal Kolappa

Entrepreneur and Founder
East Coast Hospitality

Sheila Knight

Project Director
Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development

Karen LeVert

CEO and Co-Founder
Southeast TechInventures Inc.

Larry McAdams

Founder (Retired)
Construction Imaging Systems

Pleas McMichael

Retired Textile Executive and Exporter

Lee Nettles

Executive Director
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Aaron Thomas

President & CEO
Metcon, Inc.

Jeffery Turner

Executive Vice President and COO
Murphy Family Ventures