NCMA Staff

Ross M. Smith, President


Ross Smith has over 33 years of industry and manufacturing experience in environmental projects, environmental operations management, mining engineering, and mining and chemical operations management. Engaged in public and governmental affairs as a North Carolina registered lobbyist for over eighteen years. Served on the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) Board of Directors and Chairman of the organization. Also served on the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) Board of Directors, Vice-President, President, and Governance Committee. In addition, served on the Carolina Industrial Group for Fair Utility Rates (CIGFUR) Executive Committee and Chair.

In December, 2021, Ross was named President of the North Carolina Manufactures Alliance by the organization's Board of Directors. He began serving in that role on January 1, 2022.

Donna Pittman, Office Manager


Donna Pittman is the Office Manager.  Donna joined NCMA in 2007 and has over 23 years of administrative experience.  Donna worked for the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality for over 16 years in various administrative positions throughout the Division.  Eight of her years with the Division, Donna was the executive assistant to the Director.

Jimmy Carter, Director of Communications and Regulatory Affairs


Jimmy Carter brings environmental regulatory experience to NCMA, having served for 30 years in North Carolina's lead environmental agency - what is now the Department of Environmental Quality - where he rose to the position of Assistant Secretary before retiring from state government in 2010.

After enjoying retirement for all of a month, Jimmy joined Solutions-IES, a Division of Draper Aden Associates (an NCMA business partner) as Senior Consultant.  In addition to his consultation responsibilities at Solutions-IES, Jimmy held a concurrent role as Director of Marketing and Business Strategies for EOS Remediation (a subsidiary of Solutions-IES) where he managed print and on-line marketing for EOS in-situ remediation technologies; coordinated promotions for Asian markets; maintained social media online accounts; planned and implemented marketing campaigns that included webinars and "how-to" videos; and designed, installed, and maintained the company websites.


Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certification, UNC-CH School of Government 2007
Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification 2007
School for Managing and Leading Change, Triangle Learning Consortium 2000
North Carolina Public Managers Program  1998
B.A. Zoology, UNC-CH 1978