Billy is originally from Waynesville, North Carolina. He has worked in and around government at all levels, including with the NC Speaker of the House. Billy spent 8 years at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, working directly with many rural business and government leaders across the state. While at the Rural Center, he served as the legislative and federal liaison. Billy holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from North Carolina State University and his primary focus is development, specializing in land acquisition, the tax credit application process, and loan closings.