Chairs and RTA Steering Committee

The chair, 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.

2014-15 RTA Chairs council

RTA chair
Ed Paradise, Cisco Systems


Legislative and Policy 
Mike McBrierty, Biogen Idec - 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 


RDU Air Service
Bruce Sargent, IBM Corporation -  chair

Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University - vice chair


Events and Engagement
Kerry Grace Heckle, Rex Healthcare - 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
Karl Dalstad

Fairway Outdoor Advertising
Aaron Guyton

Forge Communications
Roger Friedensen

Fred Smith Company
Jule Smith

Golden Corrall
Eric Braun

Progress Energy
Marty Clayton

Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
Liz Rooks
, Mason Ailstock

EDGE 5 / Wake County Economic Development 
Adrienne Cole

Cary Chamber of Commerce
Howard Johnson

Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Aaron Nelson

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Casey Steinbacher

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Harvey Schmitt


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 Quintiles Transnational Corporation RTP