RTA Airline CEO Forum

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Airline CEO Forum Deck 4.19.2024

RTA Airline CEO Forum:
Featuring Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines
Presented by the Raleigh/Durham Airport Authority

Friday, April 19, 2024
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
100 Woodland Pond Drive
Cary, NC 27513

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Media coverage:  WRAL, CBS 17, Univision, Triangle Business Journal, News&Observer

Confirmed speakers:

  • Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines
  • Ellis Hankins, Chairman, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
  • Mike Landguth, President and CEO, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
  • Jay Irby, First Citizens Bank, RTA chair
  • Shaylah Nunn Jones, Novo Nordisk, RTA air service and infrastructure chair
  • Joe Milazzo II, PE, RTA executive director


Join the RTA regional business coalition as we hear from the Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines – RDU’s newest international airline and the current leader in on-time performance in the Americas. Pedro will speak of the growth and transformation of the airline and the attractiveness of the growing Raleigh/Durham market in North Carolina. He will joined by Michael Landguth, CEO of RDU Airport Authority, Ellis Hankins, the chair of the Authority, and several members of RTA leadership. The event will include an interactive Q&A session.


Tickets included with RTA membership, and additional ticket pricing:

  • RTA Gold level members receive 3 tickets included with their membership investment.
  • RTA Silver members and Senior Regional Partners receive 2 tickets included with their membership.
  • RTA Bronze members receive 1 ticket included with their membership.
  • All RTA Gold, Silver, and Bronze members also receive recognition at the event.
  • All RTA members can purchase additional tickets at $75
  • Non-RTA member tickets are available for $150
  • Nonprofit partner tickets are $75
  • Public-sector partner/elected official tickets are $45

No registration refunds after Friday, April 12, although you may transfer your registration to another colleague after that date.


Current sponsors:
    • Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority  (presenting sponsor)
    • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
    • Raleigh Chamber
    • Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
    • TranSystems
    • Wake County Economic Development

Sponsorship pricing:

  • Event Sponsor  ($999)
    • Company name displayed on event signage and event agenda
    • Name and verbal recognition at event
    • Name recognition in RTA promotional e-mails and on RTA event webpage
    • Registration for eight (8) participants at event with at-table name recognition
    • RTA membership is not required to serve as an Event Sponsor

    Note:  RTA Gold, Silver, and Bronze memberships also include recognition benefits at and tickets to all events

Regional Leadership Team

RTA Gold Members
Clark Nexsen
Duke Energy
First Citizens Bank
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
IBM Corporation
Kane Realty
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Raleigh Chamber
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Red Hat, Inc.
Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
Smith Anderson
The SunRock Group
United Therapeutics
Wake County Economic Development  (EDGE6)
Wetherill Engineering, Inc

RTA Silver Members
AT&T North Carolina
Bolton & Menk
Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc.
Chatham Park / Preston Development
Coastal Federal Credit Union
CSL Seqirus
Credit Suisse
Dominion Energy
Duke University
Fidelity Investments
First National Bank
Forge Nano
Fox Rothschild LLP
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Martin Marietta
ms consultants, inc.
North Carolina State University
Novo Nordisk
RTI International
SAS Institute Inc.
STV Inc.
The Spectrum Companies
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Health
Wake Technical Community College
Westin Raleigh-Durham Hotel
York Properties, Inc./McDonald-York Building Company

RTA Bronze members
Alfred Benesch & Company
Avison Young
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Gregory Poole Equipment Company
HH Architecture
Highwoods Properties
McKim & Creed
Strada Architecture
Summit Design and Engineering Services, PLLC
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Gold members

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