Keith Burdette, President
Keith is the former Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce, also served as executive director of the West Virginia Development Office and chairman of the West Virginia Development Authority and the Jobs Investment Trust during the administration of West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
He has experience spearheading projects ranging from major economic development projects and workforce training programs to expansion of manufacturing facilities and site selection for new construction. Burdette has significant working relationships with business leaders throughout the country as well as internationally, and has a keen understanding of government, local to federal. He is a skilled facilitator and liaison between government and industry and a powerful advocate for business and development in the Appalachian region.
Keith began his career in public service in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he served two terms. In 1982, he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate. Seven years later, he was elected the 42nd President of the State Senate at the age of 34, the youngest Senate President in the state’s history.He served for three years as director of policy and legislative relations in former Governor Bob Wise’s administration.
After leaving that position in 2003, Keith formed his own business, a consulting firm, and represented both state and national businesses and organization.
Keith resides in Parkersburg with his wife Pat, they have four sons and four grandchildren.
Sharon Albert, Vice President
Sharon joined PAZ in May 2005, as Executive Assistant to the President. In 2007, she was promoted to Vice President. She has over 35 years experience in administrative and technical positions.
In her role as VP, Ms. Albert is responsible for Marketing and Facilities Management of PAZ. Sharon earned here Associate of Arts degree from West Virginia University, Parkersburg.
Sharon previously worked at Corning Glass Works and Professional Services of America, Inc. Sharon is a member of the Professional Women's Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley and Gihon United Methodist Church.