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Rod Forsythe

Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development for Forsythe & Associates, Rod combines his experience in economic development with his private sector sales and marketing background. He had twenty years of service with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and more than twenty years of experience in the private sector.

During his tenure with the Department of Commerce, he was a Project Manager working with national and international companies considering the state for new facility locations.  His project management experience included locating new advanced materials, aerospace, automotive, forest products, metal working, and distribution projects within North Carolina.  Noteworthy success included recruiting GE Aviation's $195 million capital investment and 242 jobs (includes a new production facility in Asheville and expansions in Durham, West Jefferson, and New Hanover County), Spirit AeroSystems' $571 million and 1,031 job production facility in the Global TransPark in Lenoir County, Turbomeca Manufacturing's (SAFRAN Group) $50 million and 180 job machining operation in Monroe, and ZF Lemforder's $29 million and 200 job automotive component production facility in Newton. 

Additionally, he successfully recruited Altec Industries ($12 million and 300 jobs to Burnsville), Clearwater Paper ($260 million and 250 jobs to Shelby), Weil McLain - SPX ($7 million and 103 jobs to Eden), and distribution centers for Liberty Hardware - MASCO (Winston Salem), QVC (Tarboro), and Walmart (Mebane).

Rod served as the Commerce aerospace representative marketing to the industry at major international aerospace events (Farnborough and Le Bourget) in addition to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) events.

His prior private sector experience was geared towards sales and marketing as a manufacturer's representative and primarily as a key account representative for Miles Laboratories (Bayer AG).

He holds a Business Administration Degree from Campbell University.