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NCRC Welcomes Chris Ervin as Director of Business Development

June 13, 2016

Chris Ervin joins the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC as the director of business development to bring research to market, invite new business to the NCRC and promote economic development.  

 Kannapolis, NC- Castle and Cooke, North Carolina, the developer of the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC, announced that Chris Ervin joined their leadership team as the director of business development.

Chris Ervin NCRC Director of Business Development

Chris Ervin

“We are very pleased to welcome Chris,” commented Mark Spitzer, Castle & Cooke North Carolina vice president of operations. “The skill set he brings to Castle & Cooke strengthens our role supporting the NCRC and the economic development of Kannapolis and the surrounding region.”

On the job since May 17, Ervin is meeting with campus leaders to identify the technologies best suited for targeted outreach to industry.

“There is a lot of interest in the game-changing potential of the research at the NCRC,” Ervin said, “making this the right time to focus on moving research through the commercialization process and into the marketplace.”

Ervin brings over 30 years of experience in business management and entrepreneurship that enhances the traditional business development role at the NCRC.

“I’ve worked for a large corporation, for a university, with start-up companies and as an entrepreneur,” Ervin remarked. “Each of these cultures is represented on the campus, and I have a track record of successfully working with each of them.”

Ervin is a graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, NC with degrees in accounting and computer science. He spent 14 years with Duke Energy working his way up from a program and systems analyst to the business planning manager in the company’s merchandising and retail marketing division. He worked for 10 years as an entrepreneurial management consultant. He also owned and operated two small businesses that he sold to larger companies.

In 1999, Ervin joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) as the director of entrepreneurship for the Ben Craig Center, a business incubator and accelerator now known as Ventureprise. Between 1999 and 2003, he was part of the team at UNCC credited with the creation of hundreds of high paying jobs in the Charlotte area. Throughout his career, he has coached nearly 100 small to medium sized entrepreneurial companies.

“Research at the NCRC offers significant opportunities for new businesses,” Spitzer added, “and Chris brings to the campus extensive experience creating pathways from research to commercialization that will benefit the campus and our community.”


About the North Carolina Research Campus

The university, corporate, health care and technology partners of the North Carolina Research Campus, a development of Castle & Cooke North Carolina, merge research in nutrition, agriculture, human health, food safety and post-harvest technologies for healthier and safer fruits, vegetables, functional foods and natural ingredients and the advancement of targeted nutrition and personalized medicine. Learn more at

For more information about commercialization at the NCRC, email Chris Ervin.




Jennifer Woodford, media and communications manager, NC Research Campus and the David H. Murdock Research Institute, 704-200-5070 or

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