Robert Burris

President and CEO (707) 864-1855

Before leading Fairfield’s economic development activities, Burris was deputy director and executive vice president of the Sacramento Area Commerce & Trade Organization, also known as SACTO, where he spent 15 years in its leadership team. He led the marketing and business attraction team for the entire capital region.


A college lecturer whose writing was often published in business publications, Burris was the voice of SACTO at domestic and international economic development conferences. He began his career as an associate with EPS, an economic and planning consultant group, before going to work as a manager for Grubb & Ellis Co., a major real estate brokerage firm.

Sandy Person

Industry Engagement Officer (707) 864-1855

Sandy Person brings over 35 years in economic development and real estate experience to the countywide membership organization. Sandy has called Solano County home for almost 30 years. A native of San Diego, she began working in commercial and investment real estate in San Diego in the late 1970s as a broker, property manager and asset manager.

In 1984, she became an instructor with City Colleges of Chicago, teaching real estate courses for the PACE Program (Programs for Afloat College Education) which involved teaching classes for military personnel in the US Navy and Marine Corp. in the Middle East, Asia, Washington and California. Upon relocating to Solano in 1987, Sandy’s professional background includes 10 years as projects manager for Ticor Title & Chicago Title Insurance (1987-1997), project manager for The Marina Group (1997-1999); and the Solano Economic Development Corporation (1999-present).

J. Paul Harrington

Program Manager (707) 864-1855

Prior to joining the EDC Team, J.Paul leveraged his 15 plus years’ experience leading and developing sales teams as a general sales manager and finance director in the auto industry to follow his entrepreneurial spirit, launching several successful small businesses in Solano County.

He continues to demonstrate his passion for small businesses through the efforts of Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BAYREN) and our Solano Energy Watch program. When not spending time with his wife Nichelle and daughter Maxie; you’ll find J.Paul cycling the backroads of Solano County.

Pat Uhrich

Office Manager (707) 864-1855

Pat Uhrich has been with the Solano EDC since 1995. Her incredible organization and time management skills are an asset to the EDC. In her position as the office manager, Pat is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the office as well as coordinating special events, committee and Board of Directors meetings.

Pat earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in her home town of Philadelphia.