We highly value the insight and experience our board members bring to CCJR. If you are interested in contributing to our organization through a board membership, please e-mail our Board Chair, David Robinson, at email@example.com.
David S. Robinson
Few attorneys understand the opportunities and dynamics of global trade better than David Robinson. He has assisted clients in cross-border transactions around the world. He has been to over 40 countries. He has run two US subsidiaries of foreign companies. David
knows when “yes” means yes and when it means no, and he knows the importance of cultural understanding in international commerce. He helps global businesses integrate corporate compliance and operational programs into subsidiary operations, facilitate the transfer of personnel among operations, comply with export control and boycott regulations, and
negotiate commercial and joint venture relationships. Whether your business is a seasoned competitor on the global stage or just ‘testing the waters’ of foreign opportunities, David can help level your ‘playing field.’
- Invest in USA, Best Practices Committee
- Honorary Consul of Japan for North Carolina
- International Bar Association
- 10th Judicial District Bar Association
- Past Chair of the International Law and Practice Section of the NC Bar Association (David served two terms in this position)
- Board of Advisors of the NC Japan Center
- Former Deputy Director of the NC Japan Center
- Former Director of the NC China Center steering committee
- Wake Tech Business and Industry Services Advisory Committee
- Wake Tech Community College, Trustee
- North Carolina Export Outreach Program: Lecturer and Program Planner Former
- President/Current Director of the Nippon Club Fellow of the Institute of Political Leadership
- Fellow of the BCBSNC Healthy Community Institute
- Former American Red Cross “Outstanding Volunteer” and current Disaster Team Member
- Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow
- Past Chair, Wake County Board of Elections
- Past Director, Charlotte International Arbitration Society
- Director, Educational Growth Across Oceans/Animazement
- Director, Investor Services Company of America and US Foreign Investment Corporation
- Secretary and Founding Member, Japan-America Society of North Carolina
- Proficient in Japanese
- Serves on the Best Practices Committee of Invest in USA, an EB-5 Trade Association
Mr. Robinson is an active athlete. He is a competitive swimmer and has completed dozens of triathlons and road races including several marathons, a Half Ironman, and a Full Ironman Triathlon. He competed at the 2011 World Triathlon Championships in Beijing, China as a member of Team USA; and again in 2014 in Edmonton, Canada. He is a member of an award-winning race car team. He has voted in 27 straight elections and oversaw the largest county voting operation in North Carolina. As a Trustee of Wake Tech he helps oversee the largest community college in NC and one of the fastest growing community colleges in the Nation. He and his wife, Sue, have been married for more than 25 years and they live in Raleigh with their three children.
Ernest “Ernie” C. Pearson
“I use my experience and creativity to look at a situation from my client’s point of view. How can I help them achieve their goals in the most creative, cost effective and successful manner?”
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Federal District Court for Eastern District of NC
- 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals
- US Supreme Court
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1975
- Clemson University
- North Carolina State University, B.A. with high honors, 1972
- North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA), President, 2015
- Listed in Best Lawyers® for Economic Development Law, Since 2012 – In 2013, he was one of two NC attorneys to be listed and one of 28 nationally, and one of 33 in 2014.
- North Carolina Department of Transportation – Director of Special Projects (1975-1977)
- North Carolina Industrial Commission – Chairman (1987-1989)
- North Carolina Department of Commerce – Assistant Secretary of Economic Development (1989-1993)
- Recipient of Order of the Long Leaf Pine
- Founder of Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting
- Recipient of U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal
- Board Member, NC State Board of Community Colleges (See a photo from the swearing in
- President – Board of Directors for the North Carolina State University School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation
- Advisory Board – Fuquay School of Business Center for International Education and Research
- Member of Town Board of Commissioners for Holly Springs, N.C.
- Board – N. C. Economic Developers Association, Vice President 2014-15 and President-Elect 2015-16
- Board – Triangle Growth Strategies, Inc.
- Vice Chairman – Wake County Economic Development Commission
- Chaired the 2016 North Carolina Economic Developers Association Annual Conference (June)
- Recipient of NC Economic Developers Association’s President’s Award for representation of Association before the NC Supreme Court in Maready v. Forsythe County, landmark lawsuit over recruitment incentives
- Selected by Southern Business & Developmentmagazine in Spring of 2008 issue as one of the top thirteen economic development lawyers in eighteen southern states
- Only firm listed for both North and South Carolina in Southern Business & Developmentmagazine’s 2009 “Trade Allies Directory”
- On April 19, 2016, Ernie made a presentation to the 2016 Summit of representatives of Councils of Government and local government officials on the topic of “Improved Collaboration Between Economic Development Community and Council of Governments.”
Ernie’s life outside of Nexsen Pruet is filled with family, a love of traveling, and faith activities.
He enjoys nothing more than time with his wife and whatever activities he can pursue with his five children. That might just be time at home or taking advantage of local activities. But he particularly enjoys traveling to different places in the US and abroad.
Ernie also allocates a significant amount of time in activities to which he is called by his faith. For over 12 years he has co-led a bible study class at Harnett Correctional Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries – NC, Inc. which promotes prison bible study in NC, and Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries – National, Inc. which is expanding the North Carolina model for bible study to other states around the country. When time allows he enjoys working with home improvement ministries.
He commented, “I am extraordinarily blessed to be fulfilled and happy at the same time in my professional, family and faith lives. Who could ask for more?”
Mark E. Edwards
Mark is a Lawyer with Fields & Cooper, PLLC, a Law Firm in Nashville, North Carolina.
- NC Board Certified Elder Law Specialist
NC Bar Association – Elder Law Section Member; Section Committee Member (Past & Present)
- Chairman of Nash County Republican Party
- Wake Forest University School of Law (1994-1997)
- Moot Court Board Member – ’95-’97
- Executive Council ’96-’97; Co-Chair of Stanley Moot Court Competition
- Wake Forest University: B.A. in History (1990-1994)
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