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November 29, 2005

Natural Resources hires new outreach associates

Congressman Charles Taylor and Senator Elizabeth Dole have joined forces to provide funding that will enhance N.C. State University’s natural resources outreach/extension capability.

“We are fortunate to hire three outstanding individuals who are charged to work with extension agents, industries and many other agencies and groups to foster economic development of North Carolina’s forest-based resources,” says Rick Hamilton, Forestry Department Extension leader.

These three new outreach associates in N.C. State University’s College of Natural Resources are on board and available to help with programming needs in three areas.

Mark Megalos, outreach associate in forestry, is based on N.C. State’s campus. Megalos’s priority will be on county programming. He has three workshops, “Working Forest Summits for North Carolina Landowners,” scheduled for early December. The workshop will be held Dec. 1 in Williamston, Dec. 6 in Fletcher and Dec. 7 in Elon.

Megalos is a former Extension forest stewardship specialist with North Carolina Cooperative Extension. He returns to Extension, having served since 1999 as state coordinator of the Forest Stewardship Program and Forest Legacy Program of the N.C. Forest Service. He can be reached at mark_megalos@ncsu.edu or 919-513-1202.

Harry Watt, who is based in Statesville, is a business improvement outreach associate working with the wood products industry. Watt will work with the state’s wood products manufacturing industry, which includes furniture, cabinets and millwork. He can be reached at harry_watt@ncsu.edu or 704.880.5034.

Bill Ryerson, outreach associate for tourism, is based in Dobson at the Surry County Cooperative Extension Center. He can be reached at bill_ryerson@ncsu.edu or 336.401.8025. Ryerson will work with landowners and communities to enhance regional tourism efforts.

Ryerson has a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in tourism and hospitality management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He also has many years of experience as a business process engineer helping businesses better understand how they can better serve the customer while improving operations. Coupled with his business and tourism background, he has a special interest in the understanding and enhancing the economic contribution of tourism to individual businesses, as well as to communities, regions, and the state.

Posted by Natalie at November 29, 2005 07:50 AM