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Greenville Area Development Corp. appointed Jim Burns as chairman of its board of directors for 2022-23.

Joining Burns as officers are Beverly Haynes as vice president, Justin Bagwell as secretary and Barry Leeser as treasurer, according to a GADC news release.

Jim Burns has been named chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corp. board of directors.  (Photo/provided)GADC also announced that business leaders William Moon and Charles Pizzor were appointed by the Greenville County Council to a three-year term on the board beginning July 1, 2022. In addition, outgoing board chair Don Erickson and Leaser were reappointed to serve a second term on the GADC board.

“Since its founding in 2001, GADC’s efforts have created more than $55 billion in economic impact for Greenville County and account for more than 30,000 jobs, working closely with economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, the private sector and state and local governments , to realize these incredible results,” Willis Meadows, chairman of the Greenville County Council, said in the release. “The County Council appreciates these talented leaders who help guide our county’s economic development efforts while increasing per capita income, capital investment and opportunity for all community members.”

Burns is chief operating officer of Hartness Development and former president and CEO of Strategy & Execution Excellence LLC, a consulting firm focused on development, project management and owner representation in Greenville, the release said. Burns also served as director of development for Central Realty Holdings, managing director of design strategies, and in leadership roles at Carolina First (now TD Bank) and Jacobs Engineering.

Burns holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and architecture, as well as an MBA from Clemson University, and is active on several community boards. He also previously served on the Greenville County Council.

Haynes is a healthcare consultant and former president and chief nursing officer of Patewood Hospital and Prisma Health Medical Campus. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education with an emphasis in Nursing Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University.

Bagwell is senior corporate counsel at Michelin North America, having previously served as vice president and corporate counsel for MidCountry Financial Corp., a financial services holding company headquartered in Greenville. Bagwell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina Honors College and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Leasure is the managing partner of GreerWalker CPA’s Greenville office. He has more than 30 years of experience in providing tax and business advisory services to clients of all sizes across a wide range of industries and consulting with international and domestic companies. He is active in professional organizations including the Urban Land Institute, CFMA South Carolina and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its South Carolina chapter. As a volunteer, he is active with the Peace Center, United Way of Greenville County, and serves on the board of the Upstate Alliance.

Erickson is a retired executive with more than 35 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, most recently serving as general manager and director of Lockheed Martin’s 500-person Greenville facility.

Moon is the CEO of Moon & Associate, Inc. and holds the MAI designation as a Certified Appraiser and a member of the Appraisal Institute. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics.

Piszczor is a former director of CME Group, Inc., where he specialized in commodity research and product development.

GADC is charged with promoting and improving the quality of life in Greenville County by facilitating job growth and investment.

Contact Jason at 864-568-7570.

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