We are honored to have internationally recognized experts in the fields of education, leadership, and civic stewardship to advise the Appalachian EB-5 Regional Center as we fulfill our mission to create jobs in Appalachia.
General Larry R. Ellis
Regional Center Board Member
General Ellis is CEO of VetConnexx, a company based in Atlanta that provides technology career opportunities for military veterans. He currently serves as a Presidential Appointee to the American Battle Monuments Commission. General Ellis is a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
General Ellis' military career included leadership across the globe in the Army from 1969 to 2004. He achieved the rank of Four Star General in 2001. As the U.S. Army’s Chief Operations Officer, he oversaw multi-year, multi-billion dollar budget programs supporting national strategic objectives. His military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. General Ellis has been a leader with numerous non-profit organizations, including the Armed Forces Benefit Association.
Mr. John “Jack” Cecil
Regional Center Board Member
John F.A.V. “Jack” Cecil is the President of Biltmore Farms in Asheville, NC. He currently serves as Chair of the Institute of Emerging Issues at NCSU and the NC Biotech Center at RTP. Mr. Cecil is a member of the Board of Directors for SCANA Corporation.
His background also includes experience as an executive with Foremost-McKesson Corp in San Francisco with global responsibilities. He has been a leader with numerous public service and charitable organizations, including the UNC System Board of Governors, the Research Triangle Foundation and The Duke Endowment.
Mr. Cecil earned his M.I.M. from The American Graduate School of International Management and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Dale Carroll
Dale Carroll is the CEO Emeritus of the Appalachian EB-5 Regional Center. In this role, Carroll serves as a special advisor to the Chairman.
He is a C-Level executive with a background as a power engineer for energy services, and in economic development at the regional and state level in the southeast USA. His leadership experience includes the private sector, nonprofit corporations, and government. Carroll earned a B.S from NC State University in Raleigh and an M.A. from Webster University in St. Louis.
From 2009 through 2013 Carroll served as Deputy Commerce Secretary / COO in two Gubernatorial Administrations in North Carolina. His responsibilities included economic development programs ranging from business and industry recruitment to finance, energy efficiency, infrastructure development, and workforce solutions.
In 2012 Southern Business and Development magazine named NC Commerce and its economic development allies “State of the Year” based on 2011 job creation and capital investment results tracked in the southeastern USA.