The RTA chair, the various 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.

The RTA Steering Committee is comprised of our chairs council, RTA Sustaining Gold members, and founding chambers of commerce: Cary, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham, and Raleigh.

See below for our the current members of our RTA chairs council and the rest of our RTA Steering Committee.


RTA Chairs Council

RTA chair

RTA chair-elect

RTA prior past chair

Membership Sales and Marketing

  • Robert Doreauk, AT&T North Carolina – membership sales chair
  • Linda Hall, Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina – marketing chair
  • Creighton Blackwell, Coastal Federal Credit Union – vice chair
  • Chris Bell, SunTrust Bank – vice chair
  • Julie Roper, Dominion Energy – vice chair

Events and Engagement

Rapid Research and Emerging Technology

  • Jay Irby, First Citizens Bank – rapid research chair
  • Katy Salamati, Ph.D., SAS – emerging technology chair
  • Kevin Howell, NC State University – vice chair
  • Lisa Silverman, Red Hat – vice chair
  • Eric Olsen, Summit Design and Engineering Services, PLLC – vice chair

Legislation, Policy, and Funding

  • Mike Krannitz, Stewart – legislative chair

Freeways, Streets, and Intersections

Regional Transit and Intercity Rail

Regional Travel Experience and Traffic Operations

  • Jim Beley, The Umstead Hotel and Spa – regional travel chair
  • Josh Hurst, PE, Clark Nexsen – traffic operations and safety chair
  • Pam Baden, WakeMed Health and Hospitals – vice chair
  • Rob Herman, Lenovo – vice chair

RDU Airport


RTA Steering Committee member companies

  • Forge Communications – Roger Friedensen, Ray Hornak
  • Fred Smith Company – Jule Smith, Walter Viele
  • MetLife – Geoff Lang, Peter Jones
  • Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina – Scott Levitan, Linda Hall
  • Cary Chamber of Commerce – Howard Johnson, Perry Wester
  • The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro – Aaron Nelson, Katie Loovis
  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce – Geoff Durham, Bryan Fox
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce – Adrienne Cole
  • Wake County Economic Development / EDGE 5 – Michael Haley

History of RTA Chairs

  • 2018 – present – Geoff Lang, MetLife
  • 2017 – 18 – Bruce Sargent, IBM
  • 2015 – 17 – Steve Brechbiel, QuintilesIMS
  • 2013 – 15 – Ed Paradise, Cisco Systems
  • 2011 – 13 – Clymer Cease, Clark Nexsen
  • 2009 – 11 – Rick Weddle, The Research Triangle Park
  • 2008 – 09, 2011 – 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