Pearl Burris-Floyd named chief operating officer of Gaston Regional Chamber

Pearl Burris-Floyd
Pearl Burris-Floyd

Pearl Burris-Floyd, who most recently served on the executive team of the Greensboro Partnership, has been named chief operating officer of the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Burris-Floyd is a former Gaston County commissioner and state representative who also co-chaired Gov. Pat McCrory’s transition team and was senior advisor to Aldona Wos, N.C. secretary of health and human services.

Earlier this year, Burris-Floyd joined the CaroMont Health Board of Directors. She also is a retired cancer detection specialist and laboratory administrator.

She most recently was elected by the State House of Representatives to a four-year term on the UNC Board of Governors.

Burris-Floyd will start with the Gaston Regional Chamber on May 1.

“Pearl has long been an advocate for business,” Jeff Sandford, chamber president and CEO, said in announcing her hiring.

“Her experience in Greensboro, combined with her years of service as an elected official at the county and state levels, brings significant depth and credibility to our team,” Sandford said. “We are looking forward to welcoming her home.”

Burris-Floyd has been the Greensboro Partnership’s vice president of governmental affairs, achieving 100 percent of the primary goals of its legislative agenda. The most important accomplishments included:

▪ Securing $2 million toward construction of the first phase of the Union Square Nursing Campus, a joint collaboration between North Carolina A&T State University, UNC Greensboro, Guilford Technical Community College and Cone Health.

▪  Obtaining a state Department of Transportation allocation of $998 million for construction of the Urban Loop across Greensboro’s northern tier from U.S. 29 to Battleground Avenue and the bridge connector at Piedmont Triad International Airport.

▪  Maintaining funding for the High Point Furniture Market consistent with prior years. The furniture market has a $5.39 billion impact on the state.

▪  Supporting higher teacher pay that resulted in the General Assembly passing an average 7 percent increase.

Burris-Floyd will oversee the Gaston Regional Chamber’s daily operations and implementing its strategic vision, while also serving as director of the chamber’s advocacy initiatives.

Working at the Greensboro Partnership took her skills “to the next level in economic development and governmental advocacy leadership,” she said.

“However, there is no place like home,” she said. “The offer to come home where I can live in my home, spend time with my family and friends, serve the citizens and businesses in Gaston County and stay connected to my duties as an associate minister, is a blessing that I could not refuse.”

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