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Transportation

First in flight thanks to the Wright brothers’ successful takeoff in 1903, North Carolina has a rich history in aviation. Transportation remains influential today with one of the nation’s busiest airports, a big aviation-maintenance industry, fast-growing shipper Old Dominion Freight Line and successful entrepreneurial companies.

KEVIN BAKER

executive director | Piedmont Triad International Airport

Greensboro

The Lehigh University engineering graduate, 55, joined the airport in 2008 and succeeded longtime director Ted Johnson a year later. He’s helped lure star tenants such as Honda Aircraft and pushed runway expansions.

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KEN BEYER

CEO | Transportation Insight Holding Co.

Hickory

After seven years as executive vice president at Irvine, Calif.-based Ingram Micro, he was named in October 2020 to oversee the N.C. logistics company’s two main branches, Transportation Insight and Nolan Transportation Group. He’s a graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Transportation Insight has annual revenue of nearly $3 billion.

BRIAN CLARK

executive director | North Carolina Ports Authority

Wilmington

Clark was named chief operating officer of North Carolina’s ports in 2017, became deputy executive director two years later, and, earlier this year, succeeded Paul Cozza in the top job. He is a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduate who previously
worked at ports in New Jersey and Alabama.

BILL COLLINS

president | HAECO Americas

Greensboro

HAECO Americas, with 2,100 employees, has helped make the Triad the state’s aviation maintenance center. Collins was named president in 2018 after working for American Airlines, The Bristow Group, GE and others. He has a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

ROY COX

president | Best Logistics Group

Kernersville

With 350 trucks, 1,200 trailers and 500 employees, Cox, 50, leads one of the state’s largest shippers. He joined Best in 1994 and became president in 2016. He earned an industrial relations degree from UNC Chapel Hill.

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MICHAEL FOX

chairman | N.C. Board of Transportation

Greensboro

Fox, 57, is a lawyer at Tuggle Duggins who also leads the 20-member board that helps set transportation policy. The Appalachian State University graduate has a UNC Chapel Hill law degree.

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GREG GANTT

president, CEO | Old Dominion Freight Line

Thomasville

The Appalachian State University graduate  joined the trucking company in 1994 and became CEO in 2018. He is the first person outside the Congdon family to lead the company, which started in 1934. Old Dominion’s stock surged more than 400% over the past five years. It was the eighth-largest U.S. trucking company in 2020 with $4 billion in revenue, according to Transport Topics.

GLENN GONZALES

CEO | Jet It

Greensboro

The former Air Force pilot, 43, sold HondaJets for Honda Aircraft, then started his business in 2018 to lease the $5 million jets to fractional owners. He has an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

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MICHAEL LANDGUTH

CEO | Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Cary

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University master’s graduate, 54, took the helm in 2011 after heading Chattanooga’s airport. Because of the pandemic, the airport authority postponed $97 million in construction.

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RALPH LOPEZ MASSAS

vice president, Charlotte hub | American Airlines

Charlotte

Lopez Massas oversees a hub that saw a 46% decline in traffic in 2020 because of the pandemic. He moved to Charlotte last July after having a similar post at American’s Fort Worth hub. He is a graduate of the Universidad de Puerto Rico.

PHIL PECK

president | Epes Transport System

High Point

The Virginia Tech University graduate started as an operations manager in 1995 at the company, which Penske Logistics bought in 2018. He became chief operating officer in 2019 and succeeded retiring Richard Kuehn as president in March. The company operates more than 1,500 trucks.

PAUL THOMPSON

founder, chairman | Transportation Insight

Hickory

Having earned an MBA from the University of Arkansas, Thompson in 2000 created a third-party logistics company to mate carriers and shippers, cut costs, and expedite billing and auditing. The business now has nearly $3 billion in annual revenue, operations centers in Charlotte; Bentonville, Ark.; and Atlanta, and more than 40 client support offices.

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CARL WARREN

president, CEO | N.C. Railroad

Raleigh

The former CSX ports director in Jacksonville, Fla., 53, succeeded Scott Saylor as president last year. He has a master’s degree from the University of Washington.

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