Gray named board member of Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together Pitt County has added Sharon Gray as a new board member.

Gray is the lead code enforcement officer for the City of Greenville. As a Greenville native, she has strong ties to the city and is committed to strengthening community relationships.

For the past two years, she has supervised six code enforcement officers and is employed by two local sheriff offices in the state.

Before joining the City of Greenville’s code enforcement team, Gray worked behind the scenes to promote neighborhood development and community improvement. As a paralegal, she specialized in real estate closings, title searches and legal research.

As a special assistant to two U.S. Congressmen in Washington, D.C., Gray provided constituents with opportunities for community outreach and implemented plans to solve key issues.

Additionally, she has 10 years of experience working with the Housing and Urban Development program and wrote the first approved Family Self Sufficiency Grant for the Mid-East Regional Housing Authority in Washington, N.C.

She began her municipal career in Somerset, N.J., as the economic development coordinator where she worked to bring new businesses to the community. She worked to stabilize community organizations by serving on several boards and committees.

During her time there, she also worked with a local bank to provide homeowners with low-interest loans that not only helped families fix housing code violations, but also promoted safer and healthier homes.

Later, she became the Neighborhood Preservation Program coordinator and the zoning officer in Edison, N.J. During her time in Edison, she established a farmers market and worked with the USDA to provide vouchers for senior citizens who could not afford to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

Gray has dedicated her career to improving, creating and developing happy neighborhoods that promote better environments for all residents and is looking forward to continuing to serve her community.

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives, Rebuilding Together Pitt County provides critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and safety upgrades for needy homeowners in Pitt County. The organization serves older adults, people living with disabilities, veterans and multi-generational families in need of help maintaining their homes.

Celebrating more than 12 years of service, the Pitt County affiliate was established in 2007. Volunteers and contractors provide a variety of repairs and modifications including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing, painting, weatherization, handicap accessibility and more.

For more information about the program visit rebuildingtogetherpittcounty.org or call 814-0600.

Jones attends higher education conference

L. Mitchell Jones III, managing director-investment officer with the Jones Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, recently attended a higher education conference in Laguna, Calif. This invitation-only event had a variety of speakers and focused on client service best practices.

Jones has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for 12 years and has 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a Greenville native and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jones lives in Greenville with his wife, Mandi, and their three children. He serves on the Vidant Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Vidant Medical Center Foundation as Capital Campaign co-chairman. He is chairman of the Investment Advisory Board for the Community Foundation of NC East Inc. and a member of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce.

With $1.7 trillion in client assets as of Sept. 30, Wells Fargo Advisors provides investment advice and guidance to clients through 13,723 full-service financial advisors and referrals from 5,430 licensed bankers.

Cannon to serve on ElectriCities Board

Tony Cannon, Greenville Utilities general manager/CEO, has been elected to the Board of Directors of ElectriCities of NC, an organization that represents cities, towns and universities that own their electric distribution systems.

Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) is a member of ElectriCities, along with more than 90 other members in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Cannon was also elected to serve as Secretary to the Board.

Members of ElectriCities’ 14-member Board of Directors are elected by the Boards of Commissioners for the NC Municipal Power Agency, NC Municipal Power Agency One and ElectriCities. The board advises and directs the activities and policies for all three agencies.

Greenville Utilities has had representation on the ElectriCities Board of Directors nearly every year since the board’s inception in 1978. Most recently, Virginia Hardy with East Carolina University, former chairwoman of GUC’s Board of Commissioners, served two three-year terms on the ElectriCities board.

Cannon has served as GUC’s general manager/CEO since 2012 after having served as assistant general manager and chief operating officer since 2006.

He has 35 years of experience in public utilities, including management of electric, water, sewer and natural gas operations. Prior to joining GUC, he was energy manager at Greer Commission of Public Works in South Carolina.

In addition to service on the ElectriCities Board, Cannon serves on the American Public Power Association Board of Directors, a national organization that provides a range of services and representation for publicly-owned electric utilities.

He also is past chairman of the Carolina’s Public Gas Association. Cannon is involved with numerous other professional and civic organizations. In addition, he is past chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Trustees for the Pitt County Committee of 100.

“I’m honored to have been elected to serve on the ElectriCities board and advocate for the interests of our customers and thousands of other people around the state served by not-for-profit electric systems,” Cannon said. “I hope to make a meaningful contribution to the Board and to be a strong advocate for public power systems.”

Bullock retires from Pitt County Government

Susan Bullock retired from Pitt County Government after 29 years and eight months of service.

At the time of her retirement, Bullock was a social work supervisor III in Social Services.

Contact jstorm@reflector.com or 252-329-9587.