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

Bob Roberts


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


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


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.

William L. Moyer


Appointed by: Henderson County
Term expires: June 2018
Address: 111 Boyd Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731

A native of Pennsylvania, Bill spent his career as a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Dechert, Price, and Rhoads, practicing corporate, securities, and utility law. Bill also served as CEO of C-TEC, a public telecommunications company. Moving to Henderson County in 1990 with his family, Bill became active in community affairs serving on numerous civic and charitable boards. Bill spent a total of twelve years serving on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, eight years as Chair. Bill currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Pardee Hospital.

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Matthew Burril


Appointed by: Buncombe County
Term expires: June 2018
Address: Two Town Square Blvd., Suite 200, Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: 828-232-2223

Matthew Burril is President of Brick Street Equity Management, a Registered Investment Advisor portfolio management firm located in Asheville. Matthew has 30 years of investment management experience and holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Georgia. Matthew is a member of the Economic Development Coalition and a licensed pilot with over 4000 hours of flight time. He has served on multiple boards including Better Business Bureau and United Way.