Business Advisory Council

The College of Business works closely with its Business Advisory Council, a group of alumni and friends who provide valuable expertise, guidance, and support for the continuing development of high quality business programs at East Carolina University. Its role is advisory to the dean and faculty.The Business Advisory Council also helps the College of Business foster ongoing relationships with the larger business community. It formally meets two times per year. In the interim, members work with the College of Business, singly or in groups, based on individual skills and interests.

Board Nomination Form

2023-2024 Business Advisory Council Members

Paul Adkison, Entrepreneur
Sanford Bailey, Real Estate Development
Player Barefoot, President – SouthTech Orthopedics
Connally Branch, President – Clark-Branch, Inc. Realtors
Sharon Bryson, CEO – NC Association of CPA’s
Wanda Hayes Burgamy, Program Manager – Service Now
Col. (Ret.) Worth Carter, Deputy Program Manager – Missile Defense Agency
James (Jim) Chesnutt, Chairman of the Board – National Spinning Company, Inc.
Mary Cloninger, CEO – Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates
Tonya Cockman, President – Clear Defense, LLC
Charlie Coggins, Multifamily Project Manager – Professional Builders Supply, LLC
Jerod Cohen, VP Employee Benefits – Snipes Insurance Services Inc.
Karl Deonanan, CFO – Synteract
Denise Dickens, Retired Accounting Faculty – ECU’s COB
M. Scott Diggs, President/Partner – Lift It Rentals, LLC
Grant Edwards, CFO – LiveToBeHappy, Inc.
Dave Englert, Retired – Southern Tile Distributors, Inc.
V. Robert Jones, President/CEO – Union Bank
Rodney Mallette, Special Advisor to the Chairman – International Auto Logistics
Kevin Monroe, VP/Financial Advisor – CapTrust Financial Advisors
James Morgan, Senior VP – Towne Insurance
Anthony Patterson, CEO – Indigo Holdings
Donna Phillips, Sr Economic Developer Manager – Duke Energy
Benson Porter, VP Sales & Account Management – United Healthcare
Jim Smith, VP – Contec, Inc.
Damon Stafford, CEO/President – Alpine Intel
Heather Stepp, CEO/Team Leader – Keller Williams Realty New Bern
**Ranse Stokes, Senior Vice President, Investments – Wells Fargo
Robbie Strickland, President – Strickland Insurance Group, Inc.
*Angela Sutton Furniss, National Account Director – Dexcom, Inc.
Allen Thomas, Managing Partner – TIDE Development LLC
John Ward, Regional Market Executive – Wells Fargo
William Yarborough, Retired CEO – US Postal Service Federal Credit Union


Emeritus Members

Charles Atwater, CFO – Hydro Services & Supplies, Inc.
Lisa Benton, Senior VP Human Resources – Wells Fargo
Robert Bird, Retired Executive Director – Independent Insurance Agents of NC
Donald Boldt, Retired President – Wall Lenk Corp & Retired Assistant Dean – COB Grad Programs
David Bond, CEO – Dynamic Benchmarking
Bonnie Brown, Retired Partner – PWC Management Services LP
Hilton (Chip) Chesson, Owner – Trinity Builders
Matt Crisp, Entrepreneur & Private Investor
William (Bill) Furr, Retired – Cumulus Fibres
Alvin Hutzler, CEO – Cliff Weil, Inc.
Van Isley, CEO – Professional Builders Supply, LLC
W. Guy Lucas, VP/Sr Portfolio Manager – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
J. Fielding Miller, CEO/Managing Partner – CapTrust Financial Advisors
Harry Moser III, Retired VP – Capgemini
W. Howard Rooks, Owner/Real Estate Consultant – Rooks Morris Real Estate
Lynn Schubert, Retired President – The Surety & Fidelity Association of America
Phillip Tetterton, Retired CFO – Cox Industries
James Walker, Retired Chairman – The Advisory Group
James Ward III, Managing Member – Ward Holdings LLC
Robert Ward, Retired Executive VP – Unifi, Inc.