John G. Pierce joined UNC Asheville as Vice Chancellor for Finance & Campus Operations in August 2008. Pierce comes to the position with more than 20 years of chief financial officer experience.
Most recently, he served as Vice President of Finance and CFO of Sonopress (now Arvato Digital Services), one of the largest CD and DVD manufacturers in the United States. During his seven years there, he managed a staff of 32, including finance, credit, billing, quoting and purchasing staff. Pierce served as a key negotiator of the Sonopress/SonyBMG worldwide manufacturing agreement, and also was instrumental in securing two major Hollywood studio DVD contracts for Sonopress. In addition, through increased efficiencies, he significantly reduced the company's information technology expenditures.
Previously, Pierce served as CFO at M.B. Haynes Corporation/Telephone Systems of Asheville and Beacon Manufacturing Co. Earlier in his career, Pierce was the cost and inventory accounting manager at RJR Archer and an audit supervisor at Ernst & Ernst in Winston-Salem. A graduate of Wake Forest University and a certified public accountant, Pierce serves on the Asheville-Buncombe YMCA Board of Directors and as a former chairman of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Business Health Roundtable.
Previously he served on the Mission St. Joseph's Health Care System Board of Directors, as president and founder of the Asheville Area Employers Healthcare Alliance, and as president of the Manufacturers Executive Association.