Asheville Airport announces new board members

Press release:

Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority welcomes new board members

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members. K. Ray Bailey was appointed by the members of the Authority, and began serving on the board in February. Most recently, Doug Tate was appointed by the City of Asheville to serve on the Authority Board, and began serving on June 21.

Bailey, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and Western Carolina University with an M.A., E.D., is retired from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College where he served for 41 years, the last 17 as President. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and is a member of the NC State Board for Community Colleges, and has been integrally involved in economic development successes in the region in recent years in his role as Chairman of the Asheville-Buncombe Economic Development Coalition. Bailey is also a former Buncombe County Commissioner.

Tate is a partner at McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. in Asheville where he focuses his legal practice on Creditor’s Rights. Tate received his law degree from Emory University after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the community, he serves on the boards of the North Carolina Horse Council and OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling. He is the former President of the 28th Judicial District Bar Association, and has twice been the recipient of the annual Pro Bono Service Award from Pisgah Legal Services in conjunction with the 28th Judicial District Bar. He is also a volunteer judge for Buncombe County Teen Court, a diversion program for first time offenders.

“We are pleased to welcome both Ray and Doug as the newest members of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority board,” said Dave Hillier, GARAA chairman. “Both have long-standing histories of community leadership and involvement, and will be assets to the board as we work to continually improve Asheville Regional Airport.”

The GARAA is also served by Bob Roberts, Regional Executive Vice-President of First Citizens Bank & Trust Company and GARAA Vice-Chair; Jeffrey Piccirillo, Hospitality Industry executive; Andrew Tate, President & CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development; and Martha Thompson, Director of Corporate Public Affairs at Duke Energy.


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