State of the Region

It is that time again to come together and celebrate the accomplishments over the past year and discuss global initiatives the RTRP is undertaking to strengthen our region’s brand. This year, we will focus our attention on the burgeoning Agtech Cluster that will propel North Carolina’s $87 billion dollar agriculture industry to new heights. We hope you will join us on May 23rd and learn how everyone can help grow, converge, and advance our region.

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Registration Is Now Open

Thursday May 23, 2019

Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts
Raleigh, NC


3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Adrian Percy of Finistere Ventures
Speaker: Diane Leopold of Dominion Energy
Panel Discussion: AgTech in our Region
Panel Discussion: Workforce Development

Networking Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Adrian Percy

We are proud to announce one of this year’s speakers for the 2019 State of the Region Event:

Adrian Percy of Finistere Ventures

A staunch advocate of the need for and benefits of modern agriculture, Adrian Percy, Ph.D., has spent his career holding positions with some of the most influential companies in the industry.

Adrian currently serves as the CTO of Finistere Ventures, a global technology and life sciences venture capital investor focused on changing the food value chain. In this role, he provides strategic, technical and regulatory support to Finistere’s broad portfolio of agtech and foodtech companies. He also helps identify new investment opportunities for the firm. In addition, Adrian frequently acts as an agricultural industry representative and as an advisor or independent director to companies through his own consultancy company, Nomad Technology Consulting LLC.

Previously, Adrian served as the head of research and development for the Crop Science division of Bayer as part of the executive committee. During his 16-year tenure at Bayer, he led crop protection development activities for Bayer in North America and regulatory affairs activities across the entire division of Crop Science. As head of R&D, he led internal and open innovation activities in the areas of crop protection chemistry and biologicals, as well as seeds and traits. He has held numerous positions in the research and development departments of Rhone Poulenc, Aventis CropScience and Bayer in France, Germany and the United States.

A global ag advocate with more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Adrian will share his expertise and insights on how the Research Triangle Region can further its position as an epicenter of the Agtech industry.

Speaker: Diane Leopold

The Presenting Sponsor Speaker:

Diane Leopold of Dominion Energy

The State of the Region is proud to host Presenting Sponsor, Dominion Energy’s EVP and President CEO of Gas Infrastructure Group, Diane Leopold, who will share insight on what Dominion is doing locally to help support the growth of our region.

Diane will share her expert knowledge – acquired from over two decades of experience – on our region’s unique opportunity to advance economic development and why our diversity and infrastructure create a winning combination.

Her business unit is responsible for 2.3 million natural gas customer accounts in five states; 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, storage and gathering pipeline and nearly 51,000 miles of gas distribution pipeline; more than one trillion cubic feet of natural gas storage; and 1.3 million retail energy and related services customer accounts in 13 states.

Serving nearly seven and a half million customers and operations in 18 states, Dominion Energy is committed to responsible environmental stewardship, delivering a reliable stream of clean, natural gas and affordable electricity to homes and businesses across the US. Providing smarter, more efficient energy options, services and solution to conserve resources and control energy costs. Dominion strives to make communities better places to live and work, supporting economic development and generating new tax revenues for local governments.

Diane will share her expert knowledge – acquired from over two decades of experience – on our region’s unique opportunity to advance economic development and why our diversity and infrastructure create a winning combination.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The State of the Region is not possible without the support of our sponsors.











Limited sponsorship opportunities remain. Contact Vivian Powell at to secure your sponsorship.

Photos from the 2018 State of the Region

RTRP Executive Director Ryan Combs
Joel Marcus, Executive Chairman & Founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc
Cindy Eckert and Jason Christie, Triangle Business Journal Publisher
The 2018 SOR had over 900 people in attendance
Cindy Eckert, founder of The Pink Ceiling
Panel on venture capitalism featuring Winston Henderson (Duke Angel Network), Clay Thorpe (Hatteras Venture Partners) and Kay Wagoner (UNC Chapel Hill)
RTRP Executive Director Ryan Combs
Networking reception following the programmed event

Tweets from the 2018 State of the Region

Looking forward to the @TriangleRegion #SOR18 event this afternoon. The keynote speakers @cindypinkceo and Joel Marcus are an incredible line-up. - Bryan McDowell

Expert panel on what it will take to #ReadytheRegion, focusing on support for #startups - local funding, favorable public policy & workforce development - Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

@cindypinkceo shares her wonderful business story and tenacity in growing her companies AND investing right here in the @TriangleRegion - Johnston County EDC

Awesome #TriangleTruths : 1 in every 3 tech workers is a woman. AND Raleigh is the top city for women in tech - Roxanne Miller

We love hearing from @cindypinkceo! Thank you for inspiring female entrepreneurs in our region #SOR18 #ReadytheRegion - Innovate Raleigh

Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) is on fire. Thank you for including me in the State of the Region - Winston Henderson