Alan Wood – President/CEO
Alan joined BDI in March 2015 and brings over a decade of economic development experience to the organization. He most recently led Stokes County Economic Development and prior to that served as Senior Development Director in Caldwell County. Alan has developed a reputation for being creative in his strategies for promoting local communities. He has worked on numerous projects, large and small, most notably the effort that recruited a Google Data Center to Caldwell County.
Hope Hopkins – Director, Business Retention & Expansion
Hope is a Burke County native and has worked in economic development since 1992. As part of the team that brought companies like Seiren NA, Geiger International and J.E. Ekornes to Burke County, she has the necessary skills and experience to be instrumental in BDI’s efforts to recruit large manufacturers.
Sara Chester – Project and Communications Manager
Sara grew up in Burke County and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Journalism. She spent several years working in Charlotte in both sports and the nonprofit sector before returning to Burke County in 2009. She joined BDI in 2012.
Peggy Byrd – Office Manager
Peggy brings eight years of experience in various roles related to economic development. She previously worked at BDI as the RENEW Project Manager and once served as a Business Services Representative for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. Peggy started March 2018.