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.


2013-14 RTA Chairs council

2014 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


Intercity Higher Speed Rail
Randy Lickey, Williams Mullen - chair 

RDU Air Service
Bruce Sargent, IBM -  chair
Mike Schoenfeld, Duke University - vice chair

Events and Engagement
Mark Skiff, NetApp - chair
Kerry Grace Heckle, Rex Healthcare - 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


Other RTA Steering Committee members:

Cisco Systems
Karl Dalstad

Fairway Outdoor Advertising
Aaron Guyton

Forge Communications
Roger Friedensen

Progress Energy
Marty Clayton

Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
Mason Ailstock, Liz Rooks

Wake County Economic Development / EDGE 4
Ken Atkins

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 Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce GSK Quintiles Transnational Corporation RTP