Meet Our Team


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    Steve has been President of North Carolina’s Southeast since 2009. Since 1994, he has led economic development strategies at the local, state, and regional levels, including as Executive Director of the Columbus County Economic Development Commission, Sr. Developer and Regional Manager for the NC Dept. of Commerce southeast region, and as Marketing Manager for North Carolina’s Southeast. He has been a leader in marketing, strategic planning, product development, fundraising, workforce development, and the formation of public-private partnerships.

    He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Appalachian State University, and an M.P.A. from the University of North Carolina. He is a Certified Economic and Community Developer, and in 2017 served as President of the North Carolina’s Economic Development Association. He is also an Eagle Scout.

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    Joe Melvin

    Director of Business Development

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    Joe Melvin has been the Director of Business Development for North Carolina’s Southeast since January 2008. His duties across the 18-county regional partnership include global marketing, client development and handling, strategic planning, and regional advocacy. Joe manages the organization’s engagement with economic development projects, site consultants, regional/state/national allies, and leads the NCSE business attraction program. His professional background includes positions within state, regional, and local organizations.

    Joe received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Joe was awarded the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council in 2018. Joe has also been recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 economic developers for 2020 by Consultant Connect for his outstanding leadership and innovation to the profession.

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    Megan Sellers

    Marketing Project Manager

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    Megan Sellers joined NC's Southeast in February 2019 as the Marketing Project Manager. Her primary responsibilities include marketing, project management, business recruitment, marketing research and social media.

    Prior to joining NCSE, she served as Existing Industry Coordinator at the Anson Economic Development Partnership, and as the Membership & Marketing Director for the Anson County Chamber. In 2018, she was selected as the Young Professional of the Year in Anson County by the business and industry community for her leadership, results, and collaboration in economic development.

    She resides in White Lake with her two miniature Schnauzer fur babies - Tillie and Tess. Megan is an avid hiker, kayaker and biker.

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    Patti Miller

    Finance and Office Manager

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    Patti Miller is the Finance & Office Manager for North Carolina’s Southeast. She joined the North Carolina’s Southeast team in 2016 and manages all financial planning and oversight for the organization. She also interacts and assists public and private investors that support North Carolina’s Southeast.

    A key part of her responsibilities is developing and generating graphics design of materials for external and internal marketing and communications. She received a B.S. in Computer Science and Finance from the University of Kentucky. Her credentials have equipped her to hold a wide variety of positions from computer systems analyst/ programmer to community college computer instructor to office manager and financial secretary.

    Patti grew up in the Bluegrass of Kentucky. She spent 16 years living in South Carolina and for the past nine years she has resided in North Carolina. She enjoys travel and the outdoors.