Leadership

SBTDC Leaders

Byron Hicks

Byron Hicks
Assistant Vice Chancellor /
State Director

Lisa Ruckdeschel

Lisa Ruckdeschel
Associate State Director

Ariana Billingsley

Ariana Billingsley
Deputy State Director

Julie Lanning

Julie Lanning
Director of Administration & Finance

Advisory Board

The Statewide Advisory Board has played an important role in supporting SBTDC leadership since 1986 and is comprised of both at-large and regional center representatives. Board members are selected to support the mission and goals of the SBTDC, so that we may more effectively serve North Carolina businesses. In addition to advocating on behalf of the small to medium-sized business community, board members help develop the SBTDC’s strategic plan, identify new resources, and provide feedback and recommendations on SBTDC programs and services.

The following individuals are currently serving on the SBTDC’s Statewide Advisory Board, and we thank them for their generous commitment to the SBTDC and small businesses across North Carolina.

At-Large Board Members

Gary Salamido

Gary Salamido
President & CEO
NC Chamber

Lisa Bamford

Lisa Bamford
Director, Global Marketing & Business Development
Sciencix

Patrick Woodie

Patrick Woodie
President & CEO
NC Rural Center

Peter Gwaltney

Peter Gwaltney
President & CEO
NC Bankers Association

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker
Senior Advisor, Economic Development & Military Affairs
The University of North Carolina System