Jan Critz, director of Economic Development
Jan Critz took the helm of Rockingham County Economic and Tourism Development in October 2014. As Director of Rockingham County Economic and Tourism Development, Jan plans, organizes and implements the economic development program to promote the growth and development of the County’s economic and tourism base; assists in the retention and expansion of existing businesses; and vigorously seeks out new businesses for the County. Jan's career in economic development includes serving as economic developer/existing industry specialist with the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Business and Industry Division and vice president of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership, Inc. in Dobson, NC. She completed her undergraduate work at Surry Community College and Gardner-Webb University and also earned her MBA from Gardner-Webb University. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and member of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association (NCEDA) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Robin Yount, director of tourism
Robin has been leading Rockingham County’s tourism initiative since 1999. Since that time she has re-directed the county-wide tourism marketing effort to focus on outdoor recreation, including an emphasis on river recreation and the establishment of public river access across the county. A native of Rockingham County, Robin is responsible for implementing all the initiatives and marketing efforts of the Tourism Development Authority as well as promoting the county’s quality of life in order to attract new business and visitors.
Kerry Taylor-Pinnix, project manager for Economic Development and Tourism Development Authority
Kerry is responsible for maintaining all the databases and information related to new business recruitment and industry expansions for Rockingham County Economic Development. A native and life-long resident of Rockingham County, Kerry is also responsible for the production of many of the Economic Development office's materials and publications. She joined the Rockingham County staff in 1993 and throughout her years here, Kerry has worked on hundreds of new business or expansion projects.
Shawn Gorman, industry specialist
Shawn has over 30 years in the textile, plastics and chemicals industries; he is experienced in manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning and quality management. For the past 12 years he has operated businesses and counseled business owners. His role with Rockingham County Economic Development includes business counseling as well as working with existing industries.
Jamie Rorrer, public relations & marketing consultant
Jamie grew up in Eden in Rockingham County and has worked with Rockingham County Economic Development and the Tourism Development Authority since 2002. She is responsible for all the public relations and marketing activities of both Economic Development and the Tourism Development Authority. She received her B.A. in Communication from Salem College.