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
  • Peter Bishop  Currituck Chamber of Commerce, Currituck
  • Brad Bruestle  BB&T SFR Banking Group, Wilmington
  • John Chaffee  North Carolina’s Eastern Region, Kinston
  • John Culbertson   Cardinal Real Estate Partners, Charlotte
  • Lynn Douthett  U.S. Small Business Administration, Charlotte
  • Todd Hall  Truliant Federal Credit Union, Winston-Salem
  • Debbie Hildebran-Bachofen  Manning Fulton and Skinner, Raleigh
  • Sonny Hines  Nelson Oil, Hickory
  • Eileen Joyce  U.S. Small Business Administration, Charlotte
  • Becky Loranger Lakeside Project Solutions, LLC, Denver
  • Nelson Morris  Kidzcare Pediatrics PC, Fayetteville
  • 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
  • Tom Robinson  ERD, Ltd., Kernersville
  • Billy Walton  Sabre Companies, Winterville
  • Linda Weiner  NC Community College System, Raleigh