Board

History:  In 1979, the Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board was established under North Carolina Statutes by Buncombe County and the City of Asheville to maintain, operate, regulate and improve the airport while enhancing the economy of the region. Since its creation, the Authority has been successful in the development and operation of the airport and has matured into a fully self-sustaining enterprise requiring no local financial assistance for its operations, maintenance or capital programs.

Change to an Independent Airport Authority:  On June 28, 2012, the North Carolina legislature voted to change the structure of the board to a state-sanctioned independent airport authority with more regional representation and governance.  The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is now the governing body for the airport.  The GARAA consists of the following:

  • Two appointments by the Asheville City Council

  • Two appointments by the Buncombe County Commission

  • Two appointments by the Henderson County Commission

  • One regional at-large appointment by the six board members

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority board is comprised of seven members, noted below. Authority meetings are held on the second Friday of the month and are open to the public.

Airport Authority Board


Dave Hillier

Chair

Appointed by: City of Asheville
Term expires: June 2014
Address: 47 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28802

Phone: 828-258-3368

A graduate of Duke University Law School, David Hillier has been practicing law in Asheville since 1978. He is currently an attorney with the firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, P.A., working primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and financial distress.

Mr. Hillier served as a member of the Asheville City School Board for eight years, was president of the local (500 + lawyers) Bar Association and is a recipient of the prestigious Centennial Award for Outstanding Community Service from the State of North Carolina Bar Association.


Bob Roberts

Vice-Chair


Appointed by: City of Asheville
Term expires: June 2014
Address: 2106 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704

Phone: 828-257-5725

Regional Executive Vice President of First Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Bob has 26 years of experience in the banking and financial business. He holds a degree in Industrial Relations and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Bob is the YMCA of Western North Carolina Board Chairman and is on the board of several other organizations, including Eblen Charities and Mission Healthcare System.


K. Ray Bailey

Member (At Large)

Appointed by: Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board
Term Expires: June 2016
Address: 34 Sharon Drive, Fairview, NC 28730

Phone: 828-273-1921

K. Ray Bailey is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (BS Social Sciences) and Western Carolina University (MA ED Administration). He retired from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College serving 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.


Jeffrey Piccirillo

Member

Appointed by: Buncombe County
Term expires: June 2016
Address: 37 Forest Knoll Drive, Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone: 828-658-1719

Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. He is recognized as a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation, and Certified Food and Beverage Executive through the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Jeff is a Leadership Asheville Fellow Graduate of Class 27, and has worked with many community groups, including Eblen Charities, March of Dimes, and Habitat for Humanity.


Andrew Tate

Member

Appointed by: Henderson County
Term Expires: June 2016
Address: 330 North King Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Phone: 828-692-6373

Andrew Tate is the President & CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Vision Henderson County and Leadership North Carolina. Tate also serves on the North Carolina Economic Developers Association Board of Directors, and as a Trustee for Blue Ridge Community College. Andrew and wife Brooke live in Hendersonville with their sons Everett and Winston.


Carol Peterson

Member

Appointed by: Buncombe County
Term expires: June 2014
Address: 230 Lower Brush Creek Road, Fletcher, NC 28732

Phone: 828-242-7621

Carol is a native of Buncombe County where she and her husband, Bruce, are active members of the agricultural community. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro with a bachelors in education and then received a master\'s in education administration from the University of Tennessee. She retired from Asheville City Schools after 30 years of service to the students of Asheville and Buncombe County. Carol serves her community in numerous ways through board memberships and community positions including Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative review, Riverfront Redevelopment Board, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and the United Way Board, among others.


Doug Tate

Member

Appointed by: City of Asheville
Term expires: June 2016
Address: P.O. Box 3180 Asheville, NC 28802-3180

Phone: 828-254-8800

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.