About Us

We are a public-private industrial recruitment agency dedicated to the economic development of the Eastern North Carolina counties of Nash and Edgecombe. A collaborative effort of two counties and 18 cities, towns and municipalities, this region offers an exceptional opportunity for companies experiencing growth and expansion or desiring relocation.

Staff

Norris Tolson

CEO & President

Oppie N. Jordan

Vice President
Carolina Gateway Partnership | Brad Hufford

Brad Hufford

Vice President

Tracy Crenshaw

Office Manager

Ryan Schultz

Marketing Coordinator

Board

Officers

*E Norris Tolson, CEO/President

*Vince Andracchio, Chairman

*David W. Combs, Vice Chairman

*Robert E. Barnhill, III, Treasurer

*Eric Evans, Secretary

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

Public Directors

T. Lee Bissett, F.D. Bissett & Sons, Inc.

*W.B. Bullock, Rocky Mount City Council

*Dr. Lew Hunnicutt, Nash Community College

*Evan Duff, North Carolina Wesleyan College

Joyce Dickens, Edgecombe County Appointee

*Dr. Gregory McLeod, Edgecombe Community College

*Troy Lewis, Town of Tarboro Manager

*Chris Miller, Rocky Mount City Council

*Randy Lansing, Town of Nashville Manager

*Larry Talor, Town of Nashville

*Rochelle Small-Toney, City of Rocky Mount Manager

*Leonard Wiggins, Edgecombe County Commissioners

Barden Winstead, Jr., Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.

*William B. Wooten, Edgecombe County Commissioner

Richard Joyner, Town of Tarboro Council

Valerie Bridges, Edgecombe County Public Schools

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

Private Directors

Randall Adams, Poyner & Spruill, LLP

John Judd, Cummins Engine, Rocky Mount Plant

Patrick Hein, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

*Michael Bryant, Southern Bank

*Lee Isley, Nash Health Care Systems

Evan Covington-Chavez, Capital Broadcasting Company

*Lige Daughtridge, Daughtridge Sales Company, Inc.

Sonny Foster, Smithson, Inc
*Mike Hancock, Boddie-Noell Enterprise, Inc.

*Justin Kurkiewicz, PNC Bank

Sterrett Lloyd, Draka Elevator Products

Gail Thompson, Rocky Mount Association of Realtors

Marty Nealey, Pfizer

Walter Stallings, BB&T  Bank

William Stanulis, QVC, Inc.

*Jeff Tobias, Providence Bank

Gus Tulloss, Gus Tulloss Insurance

*Jeremy Whitehurst, Barnhill Contracting Company

*David Farris,  Rocky Mount Chamber

Elizabeth Burns, Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber

*Frank Harrison, Harrison & Harrison, Inc.

*Brenda Daniels, ElectriCities of NC

*Don Williams, Lewis Advertising

*Denotes Executive Committee Member