James “Chris” Pierson – Grew up in Eden, North Carolina graduated from Morehead High School in 1995, Married his wife, Tracey in 1999 and they live in Rockingham County with their 3 children. Joined the Army in 2001, Stationed at Ft Bragg and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Worked at NATO HQ in Belgium while in the Army. Honorably discharged after 11 years of service. Went to ECPI and got a degree in Network Security. Currently working for Ruger in Mayodan in IT. Started The Rock Payments at the end of November 2021 to help local businesses keep more of their hard-earned money. James is a local business owner that frequents local businesses, unlike the big chain processors. He believes in growing businesses of all sizes and supporting locally.