In 2016, Mark Gignac joined the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, where he has served in various leadership roles, including his current position as the Director of Special Projects. Gignac has founded, owned and operated businesses within the region over the past 30 years, including medical electronics manufacturer Electronic Design & Sales, Inc. (E.D.S.) and Chartwell Homes LLC. He also has been actively involved in the community with special interest in economic development. Over the years, activities have included service on the Danville City Council, Danville Development Council, Southside Rising Venture Capital and the Southern Piedmont Technology Council. He was also founding chairman of the board of the Dan River Business Development Center. Gignac currently serves on the boards of Averett University and Virginia Bio. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and resides in Danville with his wife, Leannah.
Director of Special Projects