Advisory Board

The SBTDC Advisory Board system is comprised of a Statewide Advisory Board and ten Regional Advisory Boards. The Statewide Advisory Board membership includes the 10 Regional Advisory Board Chairs and 15-20 at-large representatives with extensive economic development and/or business experience. Board members help the SBTDC keep in touch with small to mid-sized business needs, improve services and programs, educate state and regional stakeholders and advocate on behalf of the business community.

The following individuals currently serve on the SBTDC’s Statewide Advisory Board:


  • Walter Daniels  Chairman, Daniels & Daniels, PA, Research Triangle Park
  • Horace Stimson  Chairman Emeritus, Developing Businesses, Inc., Pilot Mountain
  • Wendy Banks  Carolina Management Team, Enka
  • Ray Barnes  Branch Banking & Trust Co., Winston-Salem
  • John Chaffee  North Carolina’s Eastern Region, Kinston
  • John Culbertson   Cardinal Real Estate Partners, Charlotte
  • Thurmon Deloney  Greensboro
  • Lynn Douthett  U.S. Small Business Administration, Charlotte
  • Debbie Hildebran-Bachofen  Manning Fulton and Skinner, Raleigh
  • Leslie D. Hines  Nelson Oil, Hickory
  • Jay Howell  Deep Reflection Products & Services, Wilkesboro
  • Eileen Joyce  U.S. Small Business Administration, Charlotte
  • Nelson Morris  First Citizens Bank, Fayetteville, NC
  • Nick Nicholson  First South Bank, Raleigh
  • Kevin O’Mara  The Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Elon University, Elon
  • Andrew Schwab  First Flight Venture Center, Research Triangle Park
  • Mike Smith, PhD  College of Business, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
  • Billy Walton  Sabre Companies, Winterville
  • Linda Weiner  NC Community College System, Raleigh
  • John Weir  Nimbus Technologies, High Point
  • Fred Yates  Mayor, City of Winfall