Meet the Carolinas Gateway Partnership

The Carolinas Gateway Partnership is a public-private industrial recruitment agency dedicated to the economic development of the Eastern North Carolina, specifically Edgecombe County, the City of Rocky Mount, and the Town of Tarboro. Through a collaborative effort between these counties, cities and towns, the Carolinas Gateway region offers an exceptional opportunity for companies experiencing growth and expansion or desiring relocation. The Carolinas Gateway Partnership works closely with a variety of new and existing industries, as well as educational institutions, to provide resources, programs and initiatives that will create new jobs and long-term investment.


Bob Pike

President & CEO

Norris Tolson

VICE President
of special projects

Oppie N. Jordan

Vice President

Tracy Crenshaw

Director of Existing Industries and workforce development

Board of Directors


*Bob Pike, CEO/President

*Michael Bryant, Chairman

*Keith Rogers, Jr., Public Vice Chairman

*Jeff Tobias, Private Vice Chairman

*Robert E. Barnhill, III, Treasurer

*Eric Evans, Secretary

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

Public Directors

*Dr. Lew Hunnicutt., Nash Community College

*Evan Duff, North Carolina Wesleyan College

*Dr. Gregory McLeod, Edgecombe Community College

*Troy Lewis, Town of Tarboro Manager

*Keith Rogers, Jr., City of Rocky Mount Manager

*TJ Walker, City of Rocky Mount Councilman

*George Thorne, Edgecombe County Commissioner

*Tate Mayo, Town of Tarboro

*David Farris, Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

Private Directors

Randall Adams, Poyner & Spruill, LLP

Christopher Markelon, Cummins Engine, Rocky Mount Plant

Patrick Hein, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

*Michael Bryant, Southern Bank

*Lee Isley, Nash Health Care Systems

Scott Roberts, Capital Broadcasting Company

*Bill Pruden, Steel Technologies, Inc.

Sonny Foster, Smithson, Inc

*Vince Andracchio, Guardian Holdings

*Mike Hancock, Boddie-Noell Enterprise, Inc.

*Justin Kurkiewicz, PNC Bank

Wynne Ellis, Draka Elevator Products

Brooks Williams, Rocky Mount Association of Realtors

Keith Warren, Truist Bank

H. D. Pope, Pope Funeral Home

*Jeff Tobias, Providence Bank

Gus Tulloss, Gus Tulloss Insurance

*David Farris,  Rocky Mount Chamber

Phyllis Cowell

*Richard Anderson, Anderson Farms

*Don Williams, Lewis Advertising

David Combs, Century 21, The Sterling Company

Adam Hodges, Crown LSP Group

Sandy Roberson, Mayor, City of Rocky Mount

Barden Winstead, Stifel 

Charles Gilmore, Sara Lee Bakery

Van Smith, LS Cable Systems USA

David Catts, Hitachi Astemo

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

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