Piedmont Triad Partnership

Founded in 1991, the Piedmont Triad Partnership (PTP) is a leadership organization bringing together the business community in the Triad region to promote prosperity and growth. We are supporting regional development platforms including megasite development, the aeroplex anchored by Piedmont Triad International Airport and the redevelopment of Whitaker Park Complex. We believe supporting these transformational projects will prepare the Triad to compete for major economic development job generators.

The Partnership promotes economic development in the following counties in the north-central, piedmont region of North Carolina:

  • Alamance
  • Caswell
  • Davidson
  • Davie
  • Forsyth
  • Guilford
  • Montgomery
  • Randolph
  • Rockingham
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Yadkin

Metropolitan centers: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Burlington, Asheboro

The PTP Mission

The Piedmont Triad Partnership is a private leadership organization connecting and leveraging the region’s leaders and assets to drive increased economic growth and jobs.

The PTP Vision

The Piedmont Triad will be globally recognized as a dynamic and prosperous region where collaborative culture, emerging innovation and thriving talent generate sustainable, significant economic growth outpacing the southeast United States.

Staff Members

  • Stan Kelly

    President & CEO

    Stan Kelly has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Piedmont Triad Partnership since February 2015, and as Treasurer and Secretary of the organization prior to that. Stan has 34 years in executive… Read more »

  • Penny Whiteheart

    Executive Vice President

    For fifteen years, Penny has directed economic development programs at the Piedmont Triad Partnership, a regional economic development agency working to leverage the Triad’s assets for economic growth. As Executive Vice President she manages the… Read more »


Board Members

Executive Committee

  • Robert “Bobby” Long

    Co-Chairman
    Chairman, Piedmont Capital Partners, LLC

  • Nido Qubein, PhD

    Co-Chairman
    President, High Point University

  • Bill Smith

    Secretary-Treasurer
    Managing Partner, Trust Company of the South

  • Louis DeJoy

    Vice Chairman
    President, LDJ Global Strategies

  • Donald Flow

    Co-Chairman
    President, Flow Companies, Inc.

  • Julie Ann Freischlag, MD

    Vice Chairman
    CEO, WFU Baptist Medical Center

  • Allen Gant

    Vice Chairman
    Chairman, Glen Raven Inc.

  • Jim Melvin

    Vice Chairman
    President, Joseph M Bryan Foundation


Board Members and Investors

  • Kevin Franklin*

    President, Randolph County EDC

  • Adam Currie

    Regional President and Executive Vice President, First Bank

  • Jim Phillips

    Attorney, Brooks Pierce

  • VF Corporation

  • Clarence McDonald

    Senior Vice President, Market Executive, Wells Fargo

  • Novant Health

  • Lenny Peters

    MD, MRCP, CEO, Peters Holdings

  • David Congdon

    Chairman, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

  • Michimasa Fujino

    Founding President & CEO, Honda Aircraft Company

  • Scott Baxter

    CEO, Kontoor Brands

  • John Risinger

    Region President, Triad West, SunTrust Bank

  • Louise Brady

    Managing Partner, Piedmont Capital Partners, LLC

  • Arthur Samet

    President & CEO, Samet Corporation

  • Terry Akin

    CEO, Cone Health

  • Cantey Alexander

    Triad Regional President, BB&T Corporation

  • Kevin Baker*

    Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Airport Authority

  • Jon Bell

    CEO, Bell Partners, Inc.

  • Graham Bennett

    President, Quality Oil Company

  • Connie Book, PhD

    President, Elon University

  • Thomas Boothby

    Triad Managing Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman

  • Mark Brazil

    Tournament Director, Wyndham Championship

  • Joe Budd

    CEO, The Budd Group

  • Brent Christensen*

    President & CEO, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

  • John Geib

    Economic Development Director, Duke Energy

  • Nathan Hatch, PhD

    President, Wake Forest University

  • Loren Hill*

    President, High Point EDC

  • Allen Joines

    President, Winston-Salem Alliance

  • Stanhope Kelly*

    President & CEO, Piedmont Triad Partnership

  • Doug Rasmussen

    President and Group Director of HAECO Cabin Solutions, HAECO Americas

  • Kelly King

    CEO, BB&T Corporation

  • Bob Leak*

    President, Winston-Salem Business Inc.

  • Darlene Leonard

    Managing Partner, Smith Leonard PLLC

  • Harold Martin, Sr., PhD

    Chancellor, NC A&T State University

  • David Mounts

    Chairman & CEO, Inmar

  • David Neill

    President, Mercedes Benz of Winston-Salem

  • Robin Team

    Managing Partner, Front Street Capital

  • Royster Tucker, III

    President & CEO, North State Communications

  • Lisa Venable

    President & CEO, DataMax

  • Mark Wiley

    Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

  • * Ex Officio Member


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