Chairs and RTA Steering Committee

The RTA chair, the seven focus area chairs and vice chairs, and other RTA Steering Committee members comprise the senior volunteer leadership of the Regional Transportation Alliance.  These business leaders are committed to the execution of the RTA Action Plan and to improving the future mobility of the region.

2015 RTA Chairs council

RTA chair
Ed Paradise, Cisco Systems


Legislative and Policy 
Mike McBrierty, Biogen - chair
Maeve Gardner, GlaxoSmithKline - vice chair


Freeways and Streets
Sam Nichols, First Citizens Bank – chair

Pete Marino, Smith Anderson – vice chair

Regional Transit 
Tom Looney, Lenovo  chair
Eric Braun, Golden Corral – vice chair


Intercity Higher Speed Rail
Randy Lickey, Williams Mullen - chair 
Dave Byerley, Branch Banking and Trust Company - vice chair


RDU Air Service
Bruce Sargent, IBM Corporation -  chair

Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University - vice chair


Communications and Engagement
Kerry Grace Heckle, Rex Healthcare - chair
Carmen Prevette, Duke Energy - vice chair 


Membership Development
Kathleen Bentley, Fidelity Investments – chair

Steve Brechbiel, Quintiles - vice chair


Immediate past chair  (2013 RTA chair) 
Clymer Cease, Clark Nexsen


Prior past chair
Jim Captain, Credit Suisse


RTA Steering Committee members:

Cisco Systems
Ed Paradise
, Christina O'Neill

Duke Energy
Marty Clayton

Fairway Outdoor Advertising
Aaron Guyton
, Paul Hickman

Forge Communications
Roger Friedensen
, Ray Hornak

Fred Smith Company
Jule Smith

Maeve Gardner

Golden Corral
Eric Braun

Geoff Lang

Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
Liz Rooks
, Mason Ailstock

Wake County Economic Development / EDGE 5
Adrienne Cole

Cary Chamber of Commerce
Howard Johnson
, Kyle Greer, 

Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Aaron Nelson
, Kristen Smith

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Casey Steinbacher
, John White

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Harvey Schmitt
, Emily Atkinson


RTA Chairs History

2013 – present:  Ed Paradise, Cisco Systems 
2011 – 13 - Clymer Cease, Clark Nexsen
2011          - Jim Captain, Credit Suisse
2009 – 11 - Rick Weddle, The Research Triangle Park
2008 – 09 - Jim Captain, Credit Suisse
2007 – 08 - Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair
2006 – 07 - Ed Willingham, First Citizens Bank
2005 – 06 - Joe Freddoso, Cisco Systems
2004 – 05 - Peter Anlyan, Capitol Broadcasting Company
2003 – 05 - Duane Long, Longistics
2003 – 04 - Bill Shore, GlaxoSmithKline
1999 – 2003 - Smedes York, York Properties
1999 – 2003 - Bob Ingram, GlaxoSmithKline

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Cisco Duke Energy EDGE Fairway Forge Communications Fred Smith Company Golden Corral Corporation Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce GSK MetLife Quintiles Transnational Corporation RTP