Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board governs the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The cities of Durham and Raleigh and the counties of Durham and Wake appoint two members each to an eight member board, which leads the Airport Authority. The board meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month.

Richard (Dickie) Thompson, Chairman, City of Raleigh

Richard (Dickie) Thompson

Chairman, City of Raleigh

Richard (Dickie) Thompson has been with J.M. Thompson Company for 30 years.

During his time with JMT, Dickie has served as project executive/project manager on numerous projects throughout the state of North Carolina. In his current role as executive vice president and project manager/executive, Thompson serves as the senior liaison between the field and the office.

He graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Farad Ali, Vice Chairman, City of Durham

Farad Ali

Vice Chairman, City of Durham

Farad Ali worked more than 20 years as a banker and consultant in the private and non-profit sector. He is currently a senior vice president at the N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development. Previously Farad Ali was a representative on Durham City Council.

He has served on numerous local boards and advisory committees including the Triangle United Way Board of Directors, John Avery Boys and Girls Club, Triangle YMCA Board of Directors and Duke University Hospital System Chancellor’s Community Board of Advisors.

Farad earned his B.S. in Finance from the School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his M.B.A. from Campbell University.

John Kane, Secretary, Wake County

John Kane

Secretary, Wake County

John Kane is the Chairman and CEO of Kane Realty Corporation, a Raleigh development company most noted for the redevelopment of the North Hills area. John has received numerous awards including 2004 Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader Magazine and of the Top 10 To Watch by the Raleigh News and Observer in 2009.

John graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

He also serves on the board of the N.C. Symphony, Research Triangle Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital Advisory Board.

Robert Teer Jr., Treasurer, City of Durham

Robert D. Teer, Jr.

Treasurer, City of Durham

Robb Teer Jr. worked for the Nello L. Teer Company, a transportation construction company, in Durham from 1967-1980. He was president of Teer Enterprises, a family real estate development company, from 1980-1985. In 1986 he started Teer Associates, which continued his career in construction and real estate development.

For 28 years, Teer was in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel. He helped start and organize the USO at RDU.

Robb earned a B.S. in Business Administration from East Carolina University


Tommy Hunt

Member, Durham County

Tommy Hunt is retired following a 30-year career with Crum and Forster Insurance Co. He also officiated football in the Atlantic Coast Conference for 27 years and held the position of supervisor of football officials for the ACC for 10 years.

He has previously served on numerous boards and commissions in both the City of Durham and Durham County, including the Durham County School Board and as a Durham County Commissioner. He volunteers at the Veterans Administration Hospital and currently serves as Chairman of the Durham County Stadium Authority.

Tommy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration.


Adrienne Cole

City of Raleigh

Adrienne Cole is the Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development and the Vice President for Economic Development at the Wake County Chamber of Commerce, a position she’s held since December 2013. Immediately prior, she worked for Lend Lease, an international development and construction firm.

She is a member of the N.C. Economic Developers Association, the Board of Directors for Marbles Kids Museum and the Wake Technical Community College Foundation Board.

Cole holds a Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College and Masters of Public Administration from Appalachian State University.


Lawrence Zucchino

Wake County

Lawrence Zucchino is a managing principal at JDavis Architects, PLLC and has 34 years of planning and design experience and leadership.

He is a fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the Urban Land Institute-Triangle Chapter, member of the Triangle Land Conservancy and member of the Congress for New Urbanism.

Zucchino graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. He earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from N.C. State University in 1979.


Patrick Hannah, Esq.

Durham County

Patrick Hannah has more than 25 years of combined experience in government affairs and finance industries. He is the Assistant Vice President and Legislative Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

He is the former Chairman of the Durham Area Transit Authority. Patrick earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College and a Juris Doctor from the N.C. Central University School of Law. He is also a member of the New Jersey Bar.