Leadership

MCEDP is supported by three dedicated staff members and a Board of Directors made up of local business and community leaders who work collaboratively to facilitate economic, community and workforce development initiatives to achieve our mission.

Natalie Hawkins

President

Natalie joined MCEDP as the President in May 2021 after a 20-year career at the Village of Pinehurst, where she served as the Assistant Village Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Science degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Natalie is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Melanie Thompson

Office Manager

Melanie joined MCEDP in August 2003 and has served as the Office Manager since that time, overseeing daily operations of the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Darryn Burich

Business Development Director

Darryn joined MCEDP in February 2023 as the Business Development Director. He previously served as the Planning & Inspections Director for the Village of Pinehurst for three years after a 20-year career in the planning department at the City of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Darryn earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Degree Studies and Geography from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

MCEDP Board Members

Our engaged and supportive Board Members oversee our operations.

Casey Barbera

Managing Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Pinehurst Realty Group

Holly Bell

Owner/Broker
Bell Manley Properties

Hugh Bingham

Executive Vice President & Regional Executive, First Bank

Tom Boals

Chair
Moore County Chamber of Commerce

Scott Brewton

Vice President
St. Joseph of the Pines

Chip Cromartie

CEO
Penick Village

Mickey Foster

CEO
FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Tom Holderfield

Partner
Pinehurst Auto Group

Lin Hutaff (Treasurer)

Owner/Broker
Lin Hutaff’s Pinehurst Realty Group

Adam Kiker

Principal
LKC Engineering, PLLC

Bob Koontz

Principal
Koontz Jones Design

George Little (Vice Chairman)

Owner
George W. Little & Associates

Dr. Tim Locklair

Superintendent
Moore County Schools

John May (Chairman)

Partner
Robbins May & Rich LLP

David McNeill

District Manager
Duke Energy

Kelly Miller

President & CEO
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Inc.

Micah Niebauer

CEO
Southern Pines Brewing Company

Jim O’Malley

Principal
O’Malley Development, LLC

Linda Parsons

President & CEO
Moore County Chamber of Commerce

Tom Pashley

President
Pinehurst LLC

Josh Peyton

President & CEO
Veteran Golfers Association

Neil Robinette

CEO
C.F. Smith Property Group

John Taws

President
Fletcher Industries Inc.

Wayne Vest

County Manager
County of Moore

Gary VonCannon

Market President
Truist

Phil Werz

President & CEO, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Susan Williams

President, Mid Carolina Regional Association of Realtors

David Woronoff

Publisher
The Pilot and Business NC