(Asheville, N.C.) The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members, Stephanie Pace Brown and Matthew Burril. Brown was appointed by Asheville City Council and Burril was appointed by the Buncombe County Commission. Both attended their first board meeting on February 13, 2015.
Stephanie Pace Brown is the Executive Director of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, leading a staff of 23 to attract overnight visitors to Buncombe County. Prior to joining the Asheville CVB, she served as President and CEO of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association in Alexandria, Virginia where she directed marketing and public affairs efforts for Mount Vernon. In addition, she worked as Research Manager for the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism and as Director of Customer Research for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Brown is currently a trustee on the board of the Travel & Destination Foundation, and her local service includes the Buncombe Cultural Alliance and the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission.
Matthew Burril is President of BrickStreet Equity Management, a Registered Investment Advisor portfolio management firm located in Asheville. Matthew has 30 years of investment management experience and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Georgia. Burril is a member of the Economic Development Coalition and a licensed pilot with over 4,000 hours of flight time. He has served on multiple boards including Better Business Bureau and United Way.
“We are looking forward to having Stephanie and Matthew serve as the newest members of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board,” said Bob Roberts, GARAA chairman. “Each bring excellent skills and expertise to the board, and their contributions will help us continue to govern the direction of one of our region’s greatest assets – our airport.”
The GARAA is also served by Bob Roberts, Regional Executive Vice-President of First Citizens Bank & Trust Company and GARAA Chair; K. Ray Bailey, former president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and former Buncombe County Commissioner; Jeffrey Piccirillo, hospitality industry executive; Andrew Tate, President & CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development; and William Moyer, retired attorney and former Henderson County Commissioner.