Meet the Team

Karl T. Heck President & CEO

Karl T. Heck

President & CEO

Karl oversees the organization and its activities and focuses on the administration of economic and industrial development activities throughout the City and County that retain and attract businesses, expand the local tax base, and market the community to businesses and workers. He also represents Franklin Southampton regionally and beyond to foster business development and growth.

Karl received his M.S. from the University of Toronto in Urban Planning with a concentration in Community and Economic Development, and his B.A. from Le Moyne College in Economics and Political Science.

R. Lauren Rodil Marketing & Existing Business Manager

R. Lauren Rodil

Marketing & Existing Business Manager

Lauren handles the marketing tasks within Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. (FSEDI), focusing on the needs and interests of existing businesses in the area and improving the competitiveness of the community’s business climate.

She also manages content creation and materials for local and regional tourism efforts and coordinates projects and activities sponsored by FSEDI.

Lauren is a project manager with a graphic design background, receiving her B.S. in Graphic Design from Chowan University.

Kimberly A. Tucker Business Development Manager

Kimberly A. Tucker

Business Development Manager

Kim’s focus is lead generation, administrative support for economic expansion, redevelopment, and retention projects in Franklin Southampton. She serves as our Local Zone Administrator for the Virginia Enterprise Zone program and is also tasked as lead administrator for the Franklin Business Center entrepreneur program. Kim has a strong background in relationship management, sales, small business growth, and executive administration. She received a certification in Basic Economic Development (BEDC) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2022, and was awarded the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) Professional Scholarship Award in 2022.

Gloria Worrell Administrative Assistant

Gloria Worrell

Administrative Assistant

Gloria assists the Franklin Southampton Economic Development staff as well as all the clients at the Franklin Business Center. She also assists with updating our websites, marketing projects, and other office assignments.

She has a background in healthcare where she received her certificate as a CHESP, Certified Environmental Health Care Professional, from the American Hospital Association, and a certification in Project Management from ODU. She is Vice President of GFWC Sedley Woman’s Club.