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Landguth, Michael

March 9, 2015

President and CEO Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Michael Landguth serves as President and CEO of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He assumed the position on November 14, 2011. As President and CEO, Michael is responsible for RDU’s overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations. He arrived in North Carolina with more than 17 years’ experience in the aviation industry.Under his leadership, airport staff developed a strategic business plan to guide the organization’s activities and support its growth. Major activities for the organization include the $80 million renovation of Terminal 1. Michael also launched the airport’s first asset management program that will culminate in a five-year plan for maintaining the airport’s $1.2B in physical assets.

 

In his first two years at the helm, RDU reached its goal of increased access to the West coast with the launch of non-stop service to San Francisco and expanded service to Los Angeles. Locally, RDU was recognized as the 4th healthiest employer in the region. Fitch Ratings also reaffirmed the airport’s AA- rating and maintained its stable outlook for the airport.

 

Prior to joining the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, he served as CEO and President of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. In this position he secured more than $70 million in grant funding for airport infrastructure development, led the community effort to raise matching funds for a Small Community Air Service Development Grant and secured three new airlines and eight new non-stop destinations. Michael is an Accredited Airport Executive and a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Airport Executives. He also serves as the chairman of Airports Council International-North America’s Medium Hub Caucus. Landguth is a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

>Michael and his wife, Page, have two daughters, Ashley and Jennifer.

Llewellyn, Grant

grantllewellynNovember 12, 2012

Music Director, North Carolina Symphony

Grant Llewellyn is known throughout the world as a musician of great talent, versatility and passion. Born in Tenby, South Wales, Llewellyn won a conducting fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 1985 where he worked with Bernstein, Ozawa, Masur and Previn.

 

Llewellyn began his tenure as North Carolina Symphony Music Director in 2004. His sophisticated perspective has captured the interest and imagination of everyone he encounters. Critics and audiences alike have noted the passion and concentration of the orchestra under his baton and praise his “transcendent performances” and his “graceful and expressive direction.”

 

To date, Grant Llewellyn has held positions with three European orchestras: principal conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and associate guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Notable recent European guest engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic and BBC Symphony. He has also conducted the Johannesburg (South Africa) Symphony Orchestra.

 

Grant Llewellyn has conducted many orchestras in North America, most notably the symphonies of Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Nashville, Houston, Montreal, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Kansas City and Toronto, as well as the Florida Orchestra. From 2001 to 2006, as music director of the Handel and Haydn Society, America’s leading period orchestra, Llewellyn gained a reputation as a formidable interpreter of music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

 

An accomplished opera conductor, Grant Llewellyn has appeared at the opera companies of English National Opera (The Magic Flute) and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where his repertoire has ranged from Handel’s Radamisto to Alexander Goehr’s Arianna. In 2001 he embarked on a collaboration with acclaimed Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Spoleto Festival, USA.

 

He has also conducted the North Carolina Symphony in two critically acclaimed recordings for the Swedish label BIS: American Spectrum with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a 2010 release of concertos by Rachmaninoff and Medtner with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.

Messier, Ric

November 10, 2014

Champlain College, Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigations

Ric Messier, GSEC, CEH, CISSP serves as Program Director, Cyber Security & Digital Investigations with the Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigations located and operated as a Center of Excellence at Champlain College, as well as teaching undergraduate studies in the area of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security at Champlain College. In the role of Program Director, he oversees all Cyber Security & Digital Investigations programs, including the development of new courses, evaluating existing course content to insure that it is timely and leading edge, and expansion of new certificates and degrees as warranted. Messier recruits, evaluates and manages adjunct staff, as well as monitoring and directing the overall quality of courses, degrees and certificates within the program.

 

He is a published author of such works as the SANS GIAC Security Essentials Certification Guide through McGraw-Hill, as well as Collaboration With Cloud Computing through Syngress/Elsevier Publishing. His other works include articles in Hakin9 magazine, among others.

 

Since the early 1980’s, Messier has been involved in the networking and security arena obtaining experience with worldwide networking on the BITNET, a network of primarily IBM mainframes, that was a precursor to what is now the Internet.

 

Since that time, he has been involved in a wide range of information security positions, including leading a team of engineers on implementing security in a next generation data center for a large hosting company, as well as leading a team of engineers developing managed security products at a Tier 1 service provider.

 

Most recently Messier has been consulting with large and medium sized companies on security issues, which includes performing network and application penetration tests, as well as developing security architecture for a large regional bank and incident response for a large Florida metropolitan government. In the last year, he has been designing and creating solutions for a financial services company to improve the security of customer facing network infrastructure.

Mockett, Alfred T.

alfredmockett1September 10, 2012

CEO, Dex One

Alfred T. Mockett was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dex One Corporation and to its Board of Directors in September 2010.

 

Mr. Mockett has more than 30 years experience in executive management and strategic decision-making at a number of leading technology, telecommunications and professional services companies.  Prior to joining Dex One, he served as Chairman and CEO of Corinthian Capital LLC, working with private equity companies on a variety of projects, including broadband roll out for rural communities and inner cities under the 2009 stimulus bill.  He also served as Vice Chairman of the Wolftrap Foundation for the Arts and Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development.

 

Mr. Mockett also served as Chairman and CEO of Motive Inc., a leading provider of software management services to communications providers; as Chairman and CEO of American Management Systems, a global business and information technology consulting firm for the U.S. and state governments, and financial services and communications industries; in various executive-management positions during 10 years at BT Group (formerly British Telecom), including oversight for operating units such as mobile, Yellow Pages, business and global communications, and BT Ignite, which offered data and broadband solutions for businesses; and as President of Memorex Telex, a global provider of information technology solutions. Mr. Mockett graduated with honors from the University of London. Registration opens July 10, 2012

Newton, Paul

May 11, 2015

Paul Newton, State President – North Carolina, Duke Energy

Paul Newton is president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in North Carolina, serving approximately 3.2 million electric retail customers. He is responsible for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives and managing state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development and community affairs. He assumed his current position in January 2013.

 

Newton previously served as senior vice president and special advisor to Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics for Duke Energy. Before that, he had more than 18 years of experience serving as legal counsel for the company’s utility operations.Newton began his career with Duke Power in October 1990 as a senior attorney. Since then, he has assumed increasing legal responsibilities, as well as corporate accountabilities following Duke Energy’s formation with the merger of Duke Power and Pan Energy in June 1997. In August 2001, he was named vice president and general counsel for Duke Power, with responsibility for delivering legal advice and solutions, and managing the company’s legal staff and budget. Following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006, Newton was named senior vice president and general counsel for Duke Energy’s U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas organization. In December 2008, Newton joined the U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business segment to become senior vice president of strategy, rates, wholesale customers, commodities and analytics.

 

A native of Eden, N.C., Newton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Newton is a member of the state bars of the District of Columbia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and New Mexico.

 

Newton currently serves on the executive committee of the North Carolina Chamber and is a member of its foundation board. He is a member of the CEO Advisory Council for the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. He is also a member of the board of directors for Leadership North Carolina. Newton has served in a number of industry leadership posts, including past chair of the Southern Chapter of the Energy Bar Association. He is a past member of the Planning Committee of the Edison Electric Institute Lawyers Committee, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Corporate Counsel Association. He was named to Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

 

Newton was born in 1960. He and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters and a son.

 

Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

Nye, C. Howard

Howard C. Nye, portraitJanuary 14, 2013

President, CEO, Director – Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

C. Howard (Ward) Nye is President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE: MLM). Martin Marietta’s principal operating businesses are Martin Marietta Aggregates – the second largest producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel in the United States ‒ and Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties – a leading U.S. manufacturer of magnesia-based chemical products used in a variety of industrial, agricultural and environmental applications and a producer of dolomitic lime. Martin Marietta’s network of over 300 quarries and distribution facilities spans coast to coast through 28 states, the Bahamas and Nova Scotia.

 

Prior to joining Martin Marietta in 2006, Ward spent 13 years with London-based Hanson PLC’s North American aggregates, hot mix asphalt, ready mixed concrete, cement and construction group headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Hanson was one of the world’s largest suppliers of heavy building materials. At Hanson, Ward held a series of increasingly responsible positions, including Executive Vice President.

 

In addition to his educational, professional and executive roles, Ward has been a gubernatorial appointee to the North Carolina Mining Commission and is currently vice chair and serves on the executive committee of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). He has been a member of the boards of directors of the American Road Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the National Association of Chief Executive Officers. In addition, he has served numerous other state, community and charitable organizations including the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Duke University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Wells Fargo/Wachovia’s Central Regional Advisory Board, and Rex Healthcare, Inc.’s Board of Trustees. Ward was recognized by Aggregates Manager magazine in 2006 as its AggMan of the Year.

 

Ward completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University with honors in 1984; in 1987 Ward received his law degree from Wake Forest University. Ward’s early legal career focused on serving as counsel for a number of construction and building materials companies. As an attorney, Ward was recognized by his peers with Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” rating, indicating highest ethical standards and preeminent legal ability.

 

Ward and his wife, Laura, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina, have been married nearly 25 years and have three children.

Rao, Vikram

Vikram RaoSeptember 9, 2013

Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium

Vikram Rao is Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium www.rtec-rtp.org , a non-profit in energy founded by Duke University, North Carolina State University, RTI International and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its mission is to illuminate national energy priorities, and those of the world by extension, and to catalyze research to address these priorities.

 

Dr. Rao serves on the board of Intelligent Well Controls Ltd. and also advises venture capitalist Energy Ventures AS, and firms BioLargo Inc., Global Energy Talent Ltd. and Integro Earth Fuels Inc. He retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of HalliburtonCompany in 2008 and followed his wife to Chapel Hill, NC, where she is on the faculty. Later that year he took his current position. He also serves on North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and chairs the Water and Waste Management Committee.

 

Dr. Rao’s book Shale Gas: the Promise and the Peril was released in 2012 by RTI Press and can be found at www.rti.org/shalegasbook . It is written for general audiences and is intended to inform on the heated debate on fracturing for shale gas.

 

Dr. Rao holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, along with a master’s degree and a doctorate in engineering from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 50 publications and has been awarded 36 US patents and foreign analogs.

Roberts, Lee Harris

leeroberts2Feb. 19, 2015

Lee Harris Roberts, Budget Director State of North Carolina

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Lee Roberts State Budget Director. The state’s budget director oversees the development of the spending and revenue plan the governor presents to the N.C. General Assembly. The plan recently agreed upon by both legislative chambers totals more than $21 billion.

 

Roberts, 45, is the former managing director of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings in Raleigh and also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of VantageSouth Bancshares. Roberts also founded a real estate investment and advisory firm called Coley Capital and has worked for Morgan Stanley & Co., Cherokee Investment Partners and as an associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

 

Roberts grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, earned a degree in political science from Duke University, then a law degree from Georgetown University. He has lived in Raleigh for eight years. He is on the board of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Ravenscroft School and is vice president of the Duke Alumni Association.

Ross, Thomas W.

tom20rossJanuary 9, 2012

President University of North Carolina

Thomas W. Ross became President of the 17-campus University of North Carolina on January 1, 2011.  Born and raised in Greensboro, N.C., he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College (1972) and graduated with honors from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (1975).

 

After a short stint as an Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government, Ross joined the Greensboro law firm of Smith Patterson Follin Curtis James & Harkavy in 1976.  He left the firm in 1982 to serve as chief of staff in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Congressman Robin Britt.  The following year, at the age of 33, Ross was appointed to fill a vacancy on the North Carolina Superior Court.  He held the position for the next 17 years.

 

From his vantage point on the bench, Ross witnessed first-hand a state justice system beleaguered by uneven sentencing and a fast-growing prison population.  In 1990, North Carolina’s Chief Justice tapped him to lead a new Sentencing and Policy Advisory Committee.  Over the next two years, this panel of judges, lawyers, legislators, law enforcement officers, and citizens devised a structured sentencing system that would toughen sentences for violent crimes and repeat offenses, while increasing community-based alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenses.  Adopted by the NC General Assembly in 1993, the new system has become a model for similar programs nationwide.

 

In 1999, Ross was appointed director of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.  Over the next two years, he led efforts to improve the management of the court system and advocated for additional resources.  In 2001, he left the bench to serve as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a Winston-Salem-based philanthropic organization devoted to improving the lives of the people of North Carolina.  During his seven-year tenure at Z. Smith Reynolds, (2001-2007), the foundation awarded about $20 million annually to non-profit groups focused on community economic development, democracy and civic engagement, the environment, pre-college education, and social justice.  Ross stepped down in 2007 to return to Davidson as its President, serving in that role until he assumed leadership of UNC.

 

Active in civic and community activities, Ross currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership, advisory boards for the NC Humanities Council and the NC State University Institute for Emerging Issues, and the honorary Board of Directors of the Conservation Trust of North Carolina.  A former chairman of the UNC Greensboro Board of Trustees, he has previously served on the Boards of Visitors for UNCG, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University.  In addition, he has served on the boards of Davidson College, the North Carolina New Schools Project, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the Institute of Government Foundation, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Foundation, the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

 

Ross has received numerous awards and accolades for his vast public service and professional achievements.  His many contributions to the judicial system have been recognized through the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence (2000), given annually to one state judge in the nation; Governing Magazine’s National Public Official of the Year Award (1994); the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Award (1995); the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Trial Judge of the Year Award (1996); the American Society of Criminology President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Justice (2007); the NC Justice Center Defenders of Justice Award (2008); and the NC Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award (2010).  He has been honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards from Davidson (2001) and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (2005) and holds an honorary doctorate from UNCG.  In addition, he has received the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award (1993), the National Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (1999), and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (1999).

 

Ross has been married since 1972 to Susan Donaldson Ross, a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education and a former executive director of the Greensboro Bar Association.  They have two adult children.

Royal, Walter

June 28, 2012

Head Chef, The Angus Barn 

Chef Walter Royal, Jr. was born on May 18, 1957 in Eclectic, Alabama to Ida Mae and Walter J. Royal. At the age of fourteen, Royal knew he wanted to cook professionally. However, his parents dissuaded him, unsure of how successful he would be as a black chef. In1974, Royal attended LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, where he graduated with his B.S. degree in psychology. In 1980, he graduated from Auburn University with his M.S. degree in psychology. After working with mentally disabled children for five years, Royal enrolled in a nine-month program at Nathalie Dupree’s Cooking School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983. After graduating from the cooking program, he was hired as a sous-chef at the Fearrington House restaurant in Pittsboro, North Carolina. There he worked under acclaimed chef Edna Lewis. In 1986, Royal was hired as a chef at the Magnolia Grill in Durham, North Carolina before becoming the executive chef and co-owner of the Crescent Café. In 1995, Royal was hired as the executive chef of the award-winning steakhouse The Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Royal has won numerous culinary awards. In 1997, he was the first African American chef to be awarded the Restaurant Guild’s Five Star Chef of the Year. Royal was also deemed one of the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Stars along with being honored as one of the Top Five Chefs in the Southeast, the Top Black Chef in America and the Best Chef in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Royal was featured in Southern Living magazine. In addition to being featured in Ebony, Royal performed a cooking demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina on the CBS Network program The Early Show. In 2006, Royal competed on the Food Network reality cooking show, Iron Chef America . Royal has cooked with popular American chefs and television personalities like Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and Cat Cora. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Royal has one son, Walter Royal, Jr.