Advisory Board

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
USA (Retired)
Regional Center Board Member
Advisory Board

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
Advisory Board

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.


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One Town Square Boulevard Suite 315

Asheville, NC 28803  USA




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