Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board governs 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.

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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.

Sepideh Saidi

City of Raleigh

Sepideh Saidi is an accomplished civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience who founded SEPI Engineering in 2001. She has received numerous awards including the Triangle Business Journal’s Top 20 CEO’s of the year in 2015. She was recently appointed to the N.C. State Banking Commission and also serves on the boards of the N.C. Chamber of Commerce, WakeEd Partnership and as the chair of the of programs committee of the Emerging Issues Institute. Sepideh holds both a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from N.C. State University. She is a registered engineer in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Florida.

Robert D. Teer, Jr.

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

Richard (Dickie) Thompson

City of Raleigh

Richard (Dickie) Thompson is a five-term Authority Board member and has served as former chairman, vice chairman, and head of the finance committee. He currently serves as head of the operations committee. While chairman, Dickie spearheaded the Vision 2040 planning effort which forecasted the airport’s expected growth for the next 25 years. He served on the Raleigh City Council for two terms and is past chairman on the Raleigh Planning Commission. Dickie is executive vice president/treasurer of JM Thompson Company, a commercial construction company which builds throughout the state of North Carolina.

David Morgan

County of Durham

David Morgan has 35 years of experience working in information technology roles for industries as wide-ranging as automotive and banking to professional sports and restaurants. He is currently a senior account executive on the global data sales team at SAS. He has held volunteer roles with the City of Charlotte in both parks and recreation and as a privatization committee member as well as with several faith-based organizations. David holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and a M.B.A in Marketing and Finance from DePaul State University.

David Kushner

Wake County

David Kushner has more than 20 years of experience in media and communications law, focusing on broadcasting, media policy, First Amendment issues and defamation. He is a Partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP in Raleigh. A Morehead Scholar, David earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Duke University. His bar and court admissions include North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th and D.C. Circuits.

Napoleon Wallace

City of Durham

Napoleon Wallace most recently served as the NC Deputy Secretary of Commerce, overseeing Rural Economic Development and Workforce Development. With nearly two decades of experience in finance and community economic development, Napoleon has served in various executive and leadership role throughout his career. Prior to his current role, he served as the Social Investment Officer at the Kresge Foundation, and earlier in his career, Napoleon served on the executive staff at Self-Help, where he managed several community and economic development initiatives. Napoleon also worked as an investment banker with Wachovia Capital Markets (now Wells Fargo Securities) and as a community banker with M&F Bancorp’s Commercial Credit group. Napoleon is a proud resident of Durham and native of Pitt county. He earned his bachelor’s degree from NC Central University and his MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Ellis Hankins

Wake County

Ellis Hankins is a senior attorney with the Brough Law Firm, PLLC, a seven-member firm with offices in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Concord. The law firm engages in a statewide practice focused primarily on local government, land use, and public school system representation, and related litigation. Hankins is a visiting professor in graduate public policy and management programs at UNC­ Chapel Hill, NC State and Duke University, and senior vice president with The Mercer Group, Inc., a nationwide public sector consulting firm.