Garrett Nelson was born and raised in Charlotte. He is a graduate student in the UNC Charlotte Department of Geography and Earth Sciences with a focus on economic geography, and is studying entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. His thesis explores using Kickstarter.com projects as a geographic measure of entrepreneurial activity within the United States.
Nelson has a bachelor's degree from N.C. State University in political science, and expects to complete his master's degree in May 2015 in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.
Richard Rankin is an educator, historian, conservationist and native of Gaston County and Stanley Creek. He was assistant professor of history and vice president for institutional advancement at Queens University of Charlotte for 13 years. Since 2001 he has been headmaster at Gaston Day School.
Rankin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in history from UNC Chapel Hill.
He has written five previous nonfiction books on state and local history and outdoor life.
Collin Brown is a partner in the Charlotte office of K&L Gates, where he focuses his practice on land use and zoning, and land use and real estate litigation. Collin represents land owners and developers on a wide range of development projects, and is engaged in development projects from the rezoning stage through the issuance of building permits and enforcement issues that arise during the life of a development. Collin’s practice includes legislative, quasi-judicial and administrative approvals.
A native of Covington, GA, Collin graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s in arts and earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. He also has a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in planning and economic development, from Georgia State University. Collin is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED AP, he has a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System. Collin was the first North Carolina attorney to earn this credential.
Eric is a Research Analyst at Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. He formly worked at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute as a Social Research Specialist. His work at the Institute included: conducting needs assessments, program evaluations, focus groups, telephone and web-based surveys, database management and other various research services and technical assistance to community organizations, policymakers and educators. Eric’s research interests include organizations, demography and stratification.
M.A. in Sociology UNC Charlotte and B.A. in Sociology and English UNC Charlotte.
Human resources management, grant writing, research design, data collection and analysis, and market research.