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Who is On DENR’s Transition Advisory Team?
Added 12-06-12

Governor-elect Pat McCrory has formed a 16-member transition team to advise him on possible changes at the Department of Environment and Natural Recourses (DENR). Here is the membership list as well as what the team has been asked to do.



Lyons Gray
T: 336-765-9709
E: lgray@triad.rr.com

Lyons Gray recently returned to Winston-Salem after spending 2011-2012 as the Senior Advisor to the President of the University of North Carolina system in Chapel Hill. Previously, he served four years (2005-2009) as the Chief Financial Officer of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Nominated by President George W. Bush, and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate, he served as the principal agency representative to Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and to the various states. Prior to his service in the administration, he served as the President and CEO of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership. From 1989 to 2002, Gray served in the NC General Assembly, serving as Chairman of the House Finance Committee from 1995 to 1999. He and his wife, Connie, live in Winston-Salem.

Ven Poole
T: 919.868.2899
E: ven.poole@wasteindustries.com

Ven Poole is the Chief Executive Officer of Waste Industries USA, Inc. He began his career as Risk Management director of Waste Industries, and in 2009 became the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Poole previously served as a senior engineer with Lockheed Martin Orlando Aerospace. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. Ven and his wife Lisa live in Raleigh and have three daughters ages 10, 14, and 18

Fred Smith
T: 919-422-4092
E: fjsj@fredsmithcompany.com
Fred Smith is an experienced business executive and former member of the North Carolina Senate. His companies focus on land development in North Carolina. He previously served as a Johnston County Commissioner. Prior to entering the practice of law and industry, Mr. Smith served as a Captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. He holds an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law.


Rhonda Amoroso
T: 910-612-6614
E: rhonda.amoroso@gmail.com

Rhonda Amoroso is an attorney in Wilmington, North Carolina. She practiced law in New York for many years with a major law firm and for a large public utility on Long Island. Mrs. Amoroso specialized in litigation and environmental and regulatory law. She also served as an administrative law judge in New York. She holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Jean Boseman
T: 252 904 1055
E: bosemanfarms@yahoo.com

Jean Johnson Boseman co-owns and operates Boseman Farms Inc. in Battleboro , N.C. Boseman Farms grows a variety of crops in Nash and Edgecombe counties including tobacco, sweet potatoes, peanuts, soybeans, corn , cucumbers, and wheat. Jean also owns and operates Battleboro Produce Inc., Whitakers Gin, and Eastern Compost. She has been in the agriculture industry over 35 years and currently cultivates around 12,000 acres of land. She grew up on a farm in Nash County being the youngest of 6 children.

Jeff Brown
T: 704.503.2564
E: jbrown@kslaw.com

Jeff Brown is a partner at King & Spalding law firm and serves as the Charlotte Office Managing Partner. Mr. Brown focuses on the representation of developers and institutional investors in a range of real estate aspects including: structuring of joint ventures and other investment vehicles; recapitalization of debt; complex land use, entitlement and public/private economic development projects; and acquisition, disposition, development and financing transactions. He holds a B.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

John Coley
T: 919.971.9772
E: coley@bpropnc.com

John Coley is a founding partner of Bryan Properties, a real estate development company that has numerous projects in the Triangle and Charlotte including Southern Village, Sunset Ridge, Glen Laurel, Treyburn, and Skybrook. Originally from Rocky Mount, he currently lives in Holly Springs with his wife Gretchen and three young children. Coley also currently serves on the NC Wildlife Commission. He graduated from Stanford University in 1991. Page 3 of 5 DENR v 3.0

Roy Cordato
T: 919.828.3876
E: rcordato@johnlocke.org

Roy Cordato is Vice President for Research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation. From 1993-2000 he served as the Lundy Professor of Business Philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. From 1987-1993 he was Senior Economist at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) in Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelors of Music Education from the Hartt School of Music, an M.A. in urban and regional economics from the University of Hartford, and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Tommy Craven
T: 919.422.4944
E: tcraven@priestcraven.com

Tommy Craven is a professional engineer and principal at Priest, Craven & Associates, Inc. in Raleigh. His company is focused on land use consulting and engineering. Craven’s expertise is in private development site planning, state and municipal permitting, storm-water design, and hydrologic and hydraulic analysis. He holds as a B.S. in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.

E.O. Ferrell
T: 336.501.1231
E: eferrell@aol.com

E.O. Ferrell is retired from Duke Energy as a Senior Vice President of Electric Distribution and retired from the Grand Bahama Power Company where he served as CEO and President. He has 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from UNC-Greensboro.

Joseph Harwood
T: 704.819.3441
E: joseph@theharwood.com

Joseph Harwood is President of Harwood and Associates, Inc., an energy consulting and government relations firm serving North Carolina, South Carolina, and other southeastern states specializing in project development and strategic solutions. He previously worked at Duke Energy for over 38 years in various roles including his most recent position as Vice President of Wholesale Customer Relations. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Barton College and an M.A. in Aquatic Ecology from East Carolina University.

Brad Ives
T: 919.448.8650
E: abives@gmail.com

Brad Ives is currently the Vice President of Corporate Development at Semprius, a manufacturer of highly efficient solar panels in Research Triangle Park. A native of Brevard, North Carolina, Brad has experience in solar, biomass, and other renewable energy sectors as well as the timber industry. Mr. Ives currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina Biofuels Center. Ives was a member of the first graduating class from the North Carolina School of Science and Math. He holds a B.A. in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the UNC School of Law.

Linwood Long
T: 919.818.6476
E: lvlongsr@gmail.com

Lenwood V. Long, Sr. is the President/CEO of The Support Center, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and statewide nonprofit organization. Mr. Long is also Senior Pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Rolesville, North Carolina where he has served since 1996. Long has more than 25 years of experience in community economic development, human resource, and business management. He earned a B.S. in Sociology from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC in 1972 and his Master’s in Urban Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA in 1974.

John Matthews
T: 919.669.5483
E: jmatthews@bakerroofing.com

John Matthews is currently the Executive Vice President of Baker Roofing Company in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also President of Baker Renewable Energy, an alternative energy specialty contractor. Baker Roofing Company is the 3rd largest roofing and sheet metal contractor in the United States. Matthews is a former intelligence officer in the US Navy. He holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Wake Forest University. Page 5 of 5 DENR v 3.0

John Skavarla
T: 919.334.9109 (O) and 919.623.3815(C)
E: jskvarla@restorationsystems.com

John Skvarla ia currently the CEO of Restoration Systems. He has served as Managing Director of an investment banking office in Raleigh, owner of a Sandhills golf course community, and turned around a waste products manufacturing company with primary offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Chicago. In 1978, Skvarla founded and served as Senior Partner to the Raleigh, NC-based law firm of Skvarla, Wyrick and Robbins, specializing in corporate and tax matters, as well as public and private capital formations. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Manhattan College in New York and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Ronnie Watson
T: 252.241.0888
E: row@watsonmatthews.com

Ronnie Watson is the President and owner of Watson-Matthews Real Estate, Inc. and Holiday Trav-L Park Resort among his other commercial ventures. He is also a land developer in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. He served on the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission from 1986 to 1990. He is a graduate of Wingate College.


Tony Almeida
T: 704.245.4528
E: tony.almeida@nc.gov

Tony Almeida is the Economic Development Director for the Governor-Elect’s Transition Team. Tony was previously the Vice President of Business Relations and Economic Development at Duke Energy. He has served on many state and regional boards, including the Charlotte Regional Partnership and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation.

Neal Robbins
T: 336.655.5581
E: neal.robbins@nc.gov

Neal Robbins is an attorney with Robbins Law in Winston-Salem and currently serves as a policy advisor to the Governor-Elect’s Transition Team. Neal’s practice is focused on debtor-creditor issues. Neal worked previously as a chemical engineer in the synthetic fiber industry. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University, an MBA from the Wake Forest University Schools of Business, and a J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

What has the Governor-Elect asked the Transition Team to do?

Download an outline of the Team’s charge. (pdf)


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