Office of International Initiatives Advisory Committee

Employment Experience: President/CEO – Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias; Adjunct
Professor – School of Criminal Justice – Bluefield College – Dates Employed Jan 2012 – Present;
Trust Administrative Officer – First Community Bank; Commercial Relationship Manager –
Bluefield, WV – First Community Bank, N.A.; Financial Services Advisor – First Century Bank,
N.A.; Judicial Law Clerk – West Virginia Supreme Court.


  • Graduate of Bluefield College with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Radford University with a
    B.S. in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law
  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Degree from Regent University, the Robertson School of Law
  • Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA)
  • Graduate of American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School at Emory University and
    Cannon Financial Institute’s Trust School
  • Certified NFL Player Contract Advisor – National Football League Players Association

Service and Club Positions and Awards: District Grants Chair for Rotary District #7550; District
Foundation Chair for Rotary District #7550; District Major Gifts Chair for Rotary District
#7550; District Assistant District Governor for Rotary District #7550; District Major Gifts
Chair for Rotary District #7550; Rotary District #7550 – Rotarian of the Year; Rotary Club of
Princeton – Rotarian of the Year; Rotary Club of Princeton – Volunteer of the Year; Rotary Club
of Princeton – President; Rotary Club of Princeton – Treasurer; Participated in multiple Zone
Training events

Michael Webb has lived and worked in southern West Virginia his entire life, having attended Concord
College receiving a B.A. in Political Science in 1994 and then attending Marshall University
obtaining a M.A. in 2000 in Political Science with a concentration in Public Personnel
Administration. Since receiving his Masters degree, Mike has worked for eightteen years within local
government with a focus on community and economic development with experience expanding across the
entire southern region of West Virginia. Prior to his current career as City Manager for the City of
Princeton, Mike worked for the Regional Planning & Development Council based in Huntington, West
Virginia where he served thirty one towns and cities, and six County Commissions in the southwest
region of West Virginia. Since May 2016, he has been with the City of Princeton, overseeing day to
day operations of the City’s 8.5 million dollar budget which entails seven departments totaling
seventy full time employees; community and economic development, as well as serving on multiple
boards throughout the City in addition to serving on the West Virginia Municipal League’s
Legislative Policy and the WVML Program Services Committees.

A native of Bluefield, WV, educated at Bluefield High School, Davidson College, Université de
Montpellier (France), University of Virginia (Law). Practicing lawyer in West Virginia and Virginia,
former Bluefield City Solicitor and City Judge. Member, Summit Players, CASE WV Board of Directors,
Center for International Understanding Board of Directors, former president, Windy Mountain Learning
Center. Elder, First Presbyterian Church (Bluefield). Exchange and international students host 1998
to date.

Colonel Harry C. Marson V, a native of Elkins, West Virginia, graduated from WVU in August 1995 with
a Liberal Arts Degree in Interdepartmental Studies and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in
the Medical Service Corps. Following his commissioning, he graduated from the AMEDD Officer Basic
course and was assigned to the 46th Forward Support Battalion and 1st battalion 17th Infantry
Regiment at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. While serving in Alaska, he held the positions of treatment
platoon leader, medical platoon leader, C company officer and HHC executive officer.

Upon graduation with a master’s degree in military arts and science from the School of Advanced
Military Studies (SAMS), he returned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and served as a
company commander and battalion executive officer. From June 2013 to June 2015, Colonel Marson
served as the Commander of the International Special Training Center, Pfullendorf, Germany.
Following his command in 2015, he assumed Command of Special Operations Command Forward Central
Africa, in Entebbe, Uganda until July 2016. In 2016 Colonel Marson was assigned as the Special
Operations Branch Manager in the Senior Leader Development, Colonels Management Division in Crystal
City, Virginia until July 2017. Colonel Marson than attended the Marine Corps War College in
Quantico, Virginia, and graduated with a master’s degree in military art and strategic studies in
June 2018. Cecil is the City Manager of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Kitt McCarthy is the owner of the Bluefield Inn in Bluefield WV. She was born in Mexico and raised in
Japan. Kitt has a diverse background as an attorney, educator, financial analyst and marketing
professional. She has served on numerous National Boards and has been active with assisting and
housing foreign students.

Sharon Rowe earned her BS degree from Louisiana State University and has completed ESL graduate
coursework at Hamlin University (St. Paul, MN). A member of several higher education discipline
honorary societies, she has served higher education as an instructor of English as a foreign
language for over 20 years prior to her retirement as Instructor of ESL at Concord University
(Athens, WV). She is the past president of the Wheeling, WV League of Women Voters and past
president of the West Virginia League of Women voters. She has presented at ESL professional
conferences and presently resides in Princeton, WV.

Stephen Rowe is retired following 50 years’ service to higher education. With an AB in English, MA in
English, MS in Information Science, and Ph.D. in Medieval/Renaissance Studies, his career in higher
education includes classroom instruction and academic administration to the vice presidential level.
Professional publication has included both creative writing and discipline scholarly articles. As a
grant writer, his funded grants total over $30M. He has advised domestic and international
institutions as a consultant and presently serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning
Commission and part-time vice president of the Concord University (Athens, WV) Research &
Development corporation.

Jim Spencer is Director of Bluefield, West Virginia’s Community & Economic Development and since
2019, he is Executive Director for the Bluefield WV Economic Development Authority (BEDA). Jim has
set up Bluefield’s Commercialization Station, a mixed-use incubator focusing on manufacturing; he
has developed “shovel-ready” pads on City-owned property at Exit 1 off Interstate 77, acquired two
Opportunity Zone designations for Bluefield and the City of Princeton, WV. His other entrepreneurial
programs and endeavors include “E2E” program and attracting Intuit’s “Prosperity Hub” which will
bring 200 – 500 jobs to the City’s Historic Downtown. BEDA is working with Intuit to develop the
MyBluefield Small Business Success Center which will provide training, resources and support for
entrepreneurs, startups and existing businesses. Jim won the Small Communities, Business Solutions
2021 Advocate at the Third Annual Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference, which showcased West
Virginia successes and highlighted what is working across the state’s 21 most southern counties. He
has taught for VA Tech in various programs for over 10 years and participated in the InBIA’s Rural
Entrepreneurship Webinar Series in November 2020. Formerly, as Tazewell County’s Public Service
Authority Administrator and County Administrator, Jim raised substantial revenues for water, sewer,
broadband, landfill expansion, economic development, and building projects, which earned him praise
and recognition by former Governors of Virginia.

Pete Sternloff is an owner and partner in the Ye Olde Ugly Duckling Antiques and Rare Books in
downtown Bluefield. Prior to that he had a successful career as an innovative marketer in the auto
and trucks parts supply businesses. He has been a performer and promoter of blues, jazz and blue
grass music for decades in Mercer County. He is a native of Mill Valley, California, and a graduate
of the University of California Santa Barbara.

Pete served as an officer the United States Air Force from 1963 through 1967 and was discharged with
the rank of Captain. A Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Sternloff received the Bronze Star for Meritorious
Service in a combat zone while serving in Vietnam. Pete served as a member of the Bluefield, WV
Board of Directors for four years. A member of the American Legion, a life member of the Vietnam
Veterans of America, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of Disabled
American Veterans, Pete is a former president of the Bluefield, WV Lions Club and an active member
of the Downtown Merchants Association as well as the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Pete
regularly hosts Fulbright Scholars and professionals from emerging democracies who study tours are
coordinate by the Center for International Understanding, Inc. for the Congressional Office for
International Leadership.

Marvin Woodie, Jr. is President of Conn-Weld Industries, LLC. Marvin leads Conn-Weld armed with 35
years of experience and a clear vision focused on growth. Before becoming president in December
2020, Marvin served as vice president of field operations for Conn-Weld. As head of sales and
marketing since 2003, his team has delivered industry-leading customer service. Marvin is the
driving force behind Conn-Weld’s diversified market portfolio. Under Marvin’s direction, Conn-Weld
has extended their reach globally in 35 countries. During his tenure, Conn-Weld’s manufacturing
footprint has grown to include new product lines such as the multi-slope vibrating screen. In
addition, Marvin further developed the corn-wet-milling industry for various applications, thus
empowering his team to achieve great success for Conn-Weld.

Marvin began his career with Conn-Weld in 1986 as a project engineer. His design-thinking was soon
put to use in product development. In 1985, he graduated from West Virginia University with the
Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.


OII Advisory Committee’s Meeting Minutes