Robeson County man awarded a 2021 Native American 40 Under 40 award for leadership excellence



RED SPRINGS — The president of a technology hub here has been named a recipient of the 2021 Native American 40 Under 40 award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development for his leadership and contributions.

James Freeman, founder and president of Emerging Technology Institute, is among 40 people recognized for leadership abilities.

ETI is “an innovation HUB for the Department of Defense,” according to the company’s website.

Members of the military and law enforcement agencies train on its grounds and operate equipment like drones and UTVs. ETI is located at 16824 N.C. 211 in Red Springs.

“I’m extremely honored. Not just for the recognition but [I’m] proud to say I live in Robeson County, [and] proud to be a Native American living the American Dream!” Freeman said in a statement. “Robeson County is changing fast and I am excited to a part of the movement.”

Freeman extended gratitude to his mentors like Beth Wilkerson, regional director of Small Business and Technology Development Center; Ret. General Nick Justice of N.C. State University; and Crystal Pierce of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, who recommended him for the award. Read full article here.