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Airport Authority Board Members

Brad Galbraith

Chair

Appointed By:  City of Asheville
Term Expires:  June 2026
Address: 61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher, NC  28732

Brad.Galbraith@flyavl.com

Brad Galbraith is Vice President – Community Development of Biltmore Farms, a 120+ year community development firm in Asheville, NC.  Before acquiring more than 30 years of experience in real estate development and marketing, Brad earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has held numerous volunteer and leadership roles within the local community, including serving as the past President of the Asheville Board of Realtors, serving on the City of Asheville’s Downtown Commission, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition.

George Erwin, Jr.

Vice Chair

Appointed by: Henderson County
Term Expires: June 2023
Address: 61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher, NC  28732

George.Erwin@flyavl.com

Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. Retired as Henderson County Sheriff in 2006 after serving nearly 28 years with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. Served in the United States Air force and was honorably discharged in 1975. Has served on or lead many non-profits and organizations to include the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, Fletcher Fire & Rescue, Henderson County Crime Stoppers, former FOCUS - Friends of Children United Services, Mainstay Domestic Violence Center and many others.

Robby Russell

Member

Appointed by: Buncombe County
Term expires: June 2026
Address: 61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher, NC  28732

Robby.Russell@flyavl.com

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Robby Russell began his banking career with Central Fidelity Bank in Richmond, Virginia.  In February 2020, Robby joined First National Bank of Pennsylvania as a Commercial Lender and will assist with establishing the bank’s presence in Asheville and Western NC.  He has served on over 18 different boards in Western North Carolina in a number of different capacities.

 

Carl H. Ricker, Jr.

Member

Appointed By:  Buncombe County
Term Expires:  June 2024
Address: 61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher, NC  28732

Carl.Ricker@flyavl.com

Carl H. Ricker Jr., Chairman and founder of Azalea Management a real estate development company involved in the southeast and five western states.  Board member and member of the Horatio Alger Association inducted 2009, Co-founder and past Chairman of Genesys Electrical, past board member of First Union Bank, past board member of Highstreet Bank, past Chairman Executive board Capital Bank, past member of the North Carolina Building commission (2 terms), past member of the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation Aviation Division (2 terms).

Nathan Kennedy

Member

Appointed By:  Henderson County
Term Expires:  June 2026
Address: 61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher, NC  28732

Nathan.Kennedy@flyavl.com

Nathan Kennedy is a vice-president and commercial banker with Truist Financial.  Nathan started his career in banking in 2001 with BB&T after graduating from Appalachian State University with a BSBA in Finance & Banking.  He is a native of Western North Carolina and currently resides in Henderson County where he and his wife are raising four children.  He has served on the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development since 2007, serving as chair for two separate terms.  He is currently a trustee for Blue Ridge Community College, treasurer for Hendersonville Country Club, and volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County and Asheville Trailblazers as a basketball coach.  

Britt Lovin

Member

Appointed by: Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board
Term Expires: June 2025
Address: 61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher, NC  28732

Britt.Lovin@flyavl.com

Britt Lovin is VP/GM of Andy Oxy CO., Inc, an industrial gas/welding supply company based in Asheville, NC.  Mr. Lovin is a graduate of Appalachian State University, BSBA-Finance.  Before joining Andy Oxy, Mr. Lovin served in the U. S. Army as an Armor Officer.  He is a licensed pilot.  He has served on various boards in Buncombe County and in his professional field.

Susan Russo Klein

Member

Appointed by: City of Asheville
Term Expires: June 2023
Address: 61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher, NC  28732

Susan.Klein@flyavl.com

Susan Russo Klein is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, BA, cum laude, 1992, and Southwestern University School of Law, JD, 1995. Susan has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years. She is active in the community, serving in her church, volunteering with Pisgah Legal Services, and participating in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Call 4All. She has served on numerous boards in the Asheville area.