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
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TRANSITION ADVISORY
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 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 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 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.
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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 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
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
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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 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 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 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 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.
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 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
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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 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 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 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
an outline of the Team’s charge. (pdf)