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.


Norris Tolson

CEO & President

Oppie N. Jordan

Vice President

Krista Ikirt

Vice President

Tracy Crenshaw

Office Manager

Ryan Schultz

Marketing Intern



*E Norris Tolson, CEO/President

*Vince Andracchio, Chairman

* David W. Combs, Vice Chairman

*Robert E. Barnhill, III, Treasurer

* Robbie B. Davis, Secretary

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

Public Directors

*Gerald Batts, Town of Dortches

*Fred Belfield, Nash County Commissioners

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

*W.B. Bullock, Rocky Mount City Council

*Eric Evans, Edgecombe County Manager

*William S. Carver, III., Nash Community College

Dewey Clark, North Carolina Wesleyan College

Joyce Dickens, Edgecombe County Appointee

John High Jr., Nash County Appointee

Dan Grisley, Edgecombe County Appointee

Jerry Harris, Nash County BDA

*Zee Lamb, Nash County Manager

*Dr. Gregory McLeod, Edgecombe Community College

*Valeria Lee, Nash County Appointee

*Troy Lewis, Town of Tarboro Manager

*Chris Miller, Rocky Mount City Council

*Wayne Outlaw, Nash County Commissioner

*Randy Lansing, Town of Nashville Manager

Larry Talor, Town of Nashville

*Rochelle Small-Toney, City of Rocky Mount Manager

Linda Williams, Nash County Appointee

Stephen Williams, Nash County Appointee

*Leonard Wiggins, Edgecombe County Commissioners

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

*William B. Wooten, Edgecombe County Commissioner

Richard Joyner, Town of Tarboro Council

Luther H. Lewis, Jr., Town of Middlesex, Mayor

Valerie Bridges, Edgecombe County Public Schools

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

Private Directors

Randall Adams, Poyner & Spruill, LLP

John Judd, Cummins Engine, Rocky Mount Plant

*Vince Andracchio, II, Guardian Holdings, Inc.

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

John Jones, 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

*Susan Freeman, Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber

Frank Harrison, Harrison & Harrison, Inc.

Brenda Daniels, ElectriCities of NC

*Denotes Executive Committee Member