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Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Staff Directory

Our team has extensive experience advising companies, large and small, that are based overseas or in the U.S., with needs for manufacturing facilities, operations, corporate headquarters campuses and more.

Charlotte USA Team

Ronnie Bryant ImageRonnie Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM  
President & CEO

As president and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, Ronnie Bryant leads the economic development organization that promotes the 16-county Charlotte USA region as a premier location for businesses considering expansion or relocation. With more than 35 years of technical, managerial and economic development expertise, Bryant is nationally known for his proven track record of establishing and implementing successful economic development programs, with a strong emphasis on existing industry expansion and retention, regionalism and marketing.

Bryant, a certified economic developer (CEcD) since 1991, is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma (OU/EDI) in Norman. While attending OU/EDI, he received the American Economic Development Council’s Robert B. Cassell Leadership Award. He previously served as dean of OU/EDI, and is currently a member of the Executive Board and a member of the OU/EDI faculty.

Bryant is well known in economic development circles. He is a past chairman of the board for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), which has designated him as a Fellow Member (FM) and an Honorary Life Member (HLM) for furthering the profession of economic development as a teacher and inspiration to others in many communities. His other professional affiliations include the International Asset Management Council (IAMC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and both the North Carolina and South Carolina Economic Development Associations. Bryant’s civic participation includes board memberships with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Charlotte Community Advisory Committee, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte Research Institute, Aspire Capital Development Corporation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Charlotte Industry Roundtable, the Charlotte City Club, Jazz Arts Initiative and The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. 

He is the father of three adult children – Rarland, Remeka and Ronda.

Economic Development Services

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Laura Foor  LinkedIn Icon
Vice President, Marketing & Research 
Laura Foor holds a dual role at the Charlotte Regional Partnership. As Vice President, Marketing & Research, she is responsible for marketing Charlotte USA globally and domestically as the premiere location for expanding and relocating businesses. She directs the day to day marketing and research functions of the Partnership and works with senior management on strategic initiatives.  As administrator of Foreign Trade Zone #57, Laura directs and manages all functions of the trade zone including, maintaining required federal documentation, monitoring the status and activities of companies approved for zone activity, trade zone marketing and educational outreach.

Prior to joining the Charlotte Regional Partnership in 2007 as marketing coordinator, Laura served for five years as existing business manager with Lincoln Economic Development Association, where she was responsible for Lincoln County’s business retention and expansion program.

Laura earned both M.P.A. and bachelor’s degrees from Western Carolina University where she currently serves on the M.P.A. Alumni Advisory Board.


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Marvin Price  LinkedIn Icon
Director of Business Development, Business Development Services

Marvin helps further strengthen our business development and recruitment initiatives as we position Charlotte USA for new jobs and capital investment opportunities. Marvin previously worked as a business development representative for the Alabama Gas Corporation, where his duties included developing relationships with owners, engineers and architects to pursue business development opportunities. Prior to the Alabama Gas Corporation, Marvin worked as an economic development project manager at the Birmingham Business Alliance. His many responsibilities included developing customized proposals, conducting business retention visits to identify emerging needs and trends, and facilitating building site tours for economic development prospect visits. Marvin holds a master’s degree in community planning from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Montevallo.


Steven Pearce ImageSteven Pearce  LinkedIn Icon
Director of Business Development

Steven seeks to attract new capital and investment through participation in domestic and international business development missions and works directly with site selection decision makers to represent Charlotte USA as the premier location for business. Throughout the project management process Steven coordinates resources in response to client's needs from initial request to successful location. Additionally, he leverages the collaborative strengths of regional economic development stakeholders to proactively enhance the client experience.

Steven joined the Partnership in 2015 as Director of Research before becoming Project Manager in July 2016. Prior, Steven served as Director of Marketing & Communications with the NCEast Alliance where he assisted in representing the diverse economic interests of 26 counties in eastern NC. He has worked on the community college level as a WorkKeys administrator, responsible for developing the program’s use for the business community and the public.

Steven holds a Master of Business Administration and bachelor’s in Marketing from East Carolina University. 


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Antony Burton LinkedIn Icon
Director, Research

Antony grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he developed a love for the Carolinas. Prior to joining the Charlotte Regional Partnership as Director of Research, Antony worked as a Management Analyst in Orange County, North Carolina and in economic development for the City of Hyattsville, in Maryland.

Antony has a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Antony enjoys spending time with his wife, running, and being outdoors. 


Jack Hill LinkedIn IconShari Wolfe Image

Marketing & Research Associate

Jack, a native to Charlotte, works interchangeably with the marketing and research teams of the Charlotte Regional Partnership. He is responsible for the day-to-day graphic design and content of our collateral, presentations, and e-marketing materials. He engages in customized demographic research, economic analysis and real estate evaluation for the Partnership’s clients and investors.

Jack holds a B.S.B.A. degree with concentration in marketing and a minor in economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jack joined the CRP team in 2015 as a Marketing and Research Intern before becoming Marketing & Research Associate in August 2016 after graduating from UNCC. 


Kate Galichenko LinkedIn IconShari Wolfe Image

Project Coordinator

Kate supports the economic development team by coordinating and implementing projects and events, database maintenance, real estate search, and working with the project managers to guide clients through the process of locating in Charlotte USA.

 A native of Moscow, Kate started as a Business Development and Marketing Intern at the Charlotte Regional Partnership in 2015.  She transitioned into a full-time position in June 2017 after graduating from Pfeiffer University with a Business Management and Leadership/MBA in the 3/2 Program with Magna Cum Laude honors. While in college Kate was president of Pfeiffer Phi Beta Lambda Chapter, worked as a Wick Sharp Learning Center tutor, and was a part of the Pfeiffer Swimming team holding 6 school records, 2 National DII B cuts and 2013-2015 MVP.


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Kathleen Byrne  LinkedIn Icon
Manager, Investor Relations & Events

As Events Manager, Kathleen Byrne is Responsible for planning and logistics for all Charlotte Regional Partnership investor and board related events, such as the Regional Roundtable Series and Board of Directors meetings. She also assists in the planning of the Annual Jerry Awards Luncheon. As a Project Coordinator, she helps with the logistics of all Business Development Travel and lends administrative support to the team. Additionally, she manages the daily operations of the office.

Byrne holds a B.F.A in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She produced four short films and a music video while at UNCSA. In her free time since graduation, she has worked as an assistant production coordinator and associate producer on several independent productions. She has also completed the Basic Economic Development Course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Kurtis Thompkins  LinkedIn IconShari Wolfe Image

Director, Investor & Community Relations

Kurtis serves as the Director, Investor & Community Relations and is responsible for covering three areas:  managing current partnerships with current private Investors, building relationships with new private Investors as well as community engagement.  Additionally, he seeks opportunities to leverage the assets of Charlotte USA to create partnership opportunities within the business community.

Prior to joining the Charlotte Regional Partnership in 2017, Kurtis served as Director of Executive Programs at UNC Charlotte, where he was responsible for overall oversight of developing and managing the program, including end to end sales process, execution and evaluation of Custom and Open Enrollment programs, and quality and effectiveness of programs.  He was also the Director of Sales and Business Development at the University of Georgia.

Kurtis holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Shorter University and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Morehouse College.


Shari Wolfe  LinkedIn IconShari Wolfe Image

Executive Assistant

Shari Wolfe serves as the executive assistant to the Charlotte Regional Partnership's President and CEO where she is responsible for the daily operations of the president’s office. Responsibilities include correspondence preparation, appointment scheduling, meeting coordination, travel arrangements and board and governance support. 

A Charlotte native, Wolfe has provided administrative support and served as an executive assistant for over 30 years in industries as diverse as graphic arts and printing to commercial real estate and materials handling. Joining the Partnership in 2012, Wolfe brings her expertise and holds a number of cerftifications in Microsoft applications.


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