Program Manager, Veteran-Owned Business Development,
PO Box 35009
1125 Charlottetowne Avenue
(CPCC, Central Campus, Levine IT Building, Suite 4100, Office LT4103)
Charlotte, NC 28235
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Installation and Industry Assignments:
- Department of Veterans Affairs, all NC facilities
- Butner Federal Correctional Institute
- UNICOR, Butner
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fayetteville
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salisbury
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Asheville
- All VA Clinics in NC
- VISN 6 (Hampton, VA)
- General Services Administration (GSA offices in NC)
- Fort Jackson, SC
Service to the following counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly & Union
Fran Perez-Wilhite, MBA, serves as the Program Manager, Veteran-Owned Business Development with the NC Military Business Center in Charlotte, NC since 2006. Fran is also the Immediate Past Chairwoman and current appointed member of the US Small Business Administration Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (#ACVBA) which meets in Washington, DC.
Additionally, Fran is serving on other national federal agency board appointments based in Washington, DC. She serves on the US Small Business Administration Interagency Task Force. She recently completed her two-term appointment to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses.
Previously, Fran held numerous management positions at Philip Morris USA where she had been employed for thirteen years. Prior to this, she was a Lieutenant in the US Army.
Ms. Perez-Wilhite graduated from Wake Forest University and earned a Master of Business Administration in 1997. She also attained a Bachelor of Arts from Norwich University in 1988 and currently serves on the NU Board of Fellows.
Fran has served on multiple city, county, state, federal, non-profit and corporate boards and committees for over twenty-five years. She is very proud of her former position as Chairwoman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Community Relations Subcommittee. Fran proudly completed her appointment to the NC Commission on Military Affairs as well.
During her NCMBC tenure, Fran has been honored with the following awards:
- Charlotte Business Journal Women In Business Award – Jan 2018
- Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women – May 2017
- ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient – October 2012
- BPC Business Award – September 2012
- Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire Award – December 2011.
Fran is married to Chuck Wilhite and they reside in Charlotte, NC.