Rick Pearce


Richard J. Pearce “Rick” Board of Directors Rick received a BSIE from North Carolina State University and a MHA from the Medical College of Virginia. In 1973, at age 25 he became the Administrator/CEO of an independent 385-bed specialty hospital in Virginia, being the youngest to do so at that time. He led that organization […]

Paul Pearce


Paul PearceBoard of Directors Paul Pearce has been employed with Resinall Corp in Severn NC since March of 1991 and has served as the plant manager since 1999.  Resinall is a synthetic resin manufacturer and produces materials utilized In the coatings, adhesives, and rubber markets.  The Severn facility supplies some the world’s largest manufacturers of […]

Derrick Bennett Jr.


Derrick Bennett Jr.Board of Directors Derrick Bennett Jr., a graduate and strong Tar Heel fan, serves as the Executive Director of the Northampton County Economic Development Commission with a mission to maintain and promote economic growth for the local community. As a native of Northampton County born and raised in Garysburg, Derrick has strong roots […]

Geneva Riddick-Faulkner


Geneva Riddick-FaulknerBoard of Directors With a background in education, business, and leadership, her career expands over several industries including education, retail, and local government. Geneva, the fourth of six children raised by her grandparents, worked her way through college with jobs such as dishwasher, tutor, and waitress to make sure that her grandparents wouldn’t have […]

Donna J. Phillips


Donna B. PhillipsBoard of Directors Donna Phillips is a Senior Economic Development Manager for Duke Energy and is responsible for new and expanding industrial and commercial business recruitment in the eastern portion of Duke Energy’s Carolina service territory. Since 1904, Duke Energy’s Economic Development team has helped build the Carolinas’ economy with the textile industry, […]

Nick Ellis

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Nick EllisPartner Nick represents businesses, governmental agencies, and individuals needing someone to advocate their position in civil litigation. Clients bank on his 36+ years of experience to present their case to judges and juries in North Carolina’s federal and state courts.

Gary Brown


Gary BrownBoard of Directors Until retiring in late 2019, Gary Brown served for more than twenty-seven years as Executive Director of the Northampton County (NC) Economic Development Commission, leading the county’s public sector initiatives in generating and sustaining economic growth.  During those years, industrial employment in the county increased by more than 500%, the value […]

David B. King


David B. KingBoard of Directors Mr. King has been a lifelong resident of the Roanoke Valley area and brings an entrepreneurial background to the NCCAR Board of Directors.  David has founded and built up several businesses in the solid waste and transportation industries over the years including American Waste Systems, and Southern States Logistics. He […]

Dr. Fred Gallasch


Dr. Fred GallascheBoard of Directors Dr. Gallasch began his career teaching at Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC, and at North Carolina State University. He then moved to General Motors in Michigan to work in societal and marketing R&D, and eventually to product development and brand management for Corvette. Later, he did business development […]

Dr. Billy M. Williams


Dr. Billy M. WillliamsDirector of the Institute of Transportation Research and Education Dr. Billy M. Williams serves as the Director of the Institute for Transportation Research and Education and is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. Previously he served as Assistant Professor in the School of Civil […]