NCGrowth Announces New Advisory Board

NCGrowth is excited to announce their new advisory board comprised of faculty, practitioners and experts that will provide expert research and recommendations for economic development and business assistance projects.

Alice Ammerman is the Director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and researches school nutrition policy associated with childhood obesity, sustainable agriculture as it relates to improved nutrition, and social entrepreneurship as a sustainable approach to addressing public health concerns.

Mark Angolia is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Industrial Distribution and Logistics degree program in the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University (ECU) whose research interests include improvement of supply chain efficiency through the application of technology and best practices for logistics and inventory management.

Rebecca Dunning is a research assistant professor at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) at North Carolina State University and specializes in the social and economic aspects of food systems and food supply chains.

Tim Flood is a professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School who teaches several courses on presentation skills, global communication, and business writing, and is the author of MBA Fundamentals: Business Writing (Kaplan Press, 2008).

Mustafa N. Gultekin is an associate professor of Finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School whose work focuses on investments, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, financial modeling, valuation, and risk management.

Tadayuki Hara is an associate professor and senior research fellow at the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies who spent 19 years working in global wholesale investment banking and foreign services.

Heather Hunt B is a research associate at the UNC School of Law, where she documents and examines issues relating to poverty and economic development

Kenneth Janken is a professor of African American and Diaspora studies and the director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South. He is the author of three books, most recently The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s (UNC Press, 2016).

Venkat Kuppuswamy is an assistant professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and researches the boundaries of the firm, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances.

Nichola Lowe is an associate professor at UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning. Her work focuses on the institutional arrangements that lead to more inclusive forms of economic development and specifically, the role that practitioners can play in aligning growth and equity goals.

Henry McKoy Jr. is the Director of Entrepreneurship at NC Central University School of Business and a seasoned professional in community and economic development, policy, government, finance, corporate, and nonprofit leadership.

Jonathan Morgan joined the UNC School of Government in 2003, where he is the Course Director of the Basic Economic Development Course. Previously, he worked for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., an economic and workforce development consulting firm located in Carrboro-Chapel Hill.

John Quinterno is the founder and principal of South by North Strategies, Ltd., a research consultancy specializing in economic and social policy. Over the course of his career, he has directed applied research projects into matters of labor economics, workforce development, regional policy, social insurance, and postsecondary education.

Gus Simmons is Vice President and Director of Bioenergy for Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A., a consulting firm dedicated to cultivating the stewardship of earthly resources through innovation.

Paige Viren is an associate professor at East Carolina University whose research interests revolve around consumer behavior and tourism, with a special focus on adventure travel and sustainable community-based tourism in rural areas.

“What I’m most excited about with our NCGrowth Advisory Board is the expertise that each person brings to the group, along with genuine passion for wanting to help communities in rural areas. Each person has a very unique set of skills, and we are fortunate to be able to leverage that talent to support our mission of creating equitable and sustainable opportunities to folks in our rural areas.”

LaChaun Banks, NCGrowth Associate Director

See a short summary to learn more about our advisory board.