Governor Cooper Announces New Appointments to North Carolina Global TransPark Authority Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced six appointments to the N.C. Global TransPark Authority.

The new members will represent various industries – from economic development to banking and finance to commercial real estate – as well as environment interests.

“I’m grateful that this talented group North Carolinians will serve our people and our state in these new appointments,” Gov. Cooper said in a statement.

David Howard, of Raleigh, is a representative of the economic development industry. Howard is the chief deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation. He previously was the associate administrator of Policy and Governmental Affairs for the Federal Highway Administration. Howard has also served on the Charlotte City Council.

Jack Best, of Goldsboro, is a representative of the commercial real estate industry. Best is the co-founder of the Highway 70 Commission and the owner of the real estate investment firm M. Best and Sons. Best was a former Wayne County Commissioner.

Wanda Proffitt, of Burnsville, is a representative of the commercial real estate industry. Proffitt is the president of Carolina Mountain Realty and serves as executive director of the Yancey County Economic Development Commission. Proffitt also served as a board member for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Norris Tolson, of Rocky Mount, is a representative of the banking and finance industry. Tolson is the chief executive officer and president of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership. He was the president and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Tolson served as both secretary of Transportation and secretary of Commerce for the state of North Carolina. He also served in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Anuj Mittal, of Raleigh, is a representative of the banking and finance industry. Mittal is the co-founder and CEO of the MJM Group in Raleigh. He previously held senior level positions at the Bank of Montreal and the HSBC Group.

Tom Hendrickson, of Zebulon, is as a representative of environmental interests. Hendrickson is the co-founder and former chairman of Triangle Environmental, Inc. He also is the founding chairman of North State Bank. Hendrickson is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

About N.C. Global TransPark

A division of the N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. Global TransPark is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking multimodal developments in the world. The business park – with approximately 1,350 employees – supports the manufacturing and logistics needs of the aviation, aerospace, defense, emergency response and advanced materials industries.

Global TransPark features a centerpiece 11,500-foot runway, on-site rail connections, shovel-ready development sites, available facilities and an onsite Foreign Trade Zone.

Its strategic location to interstate and connector highways provides easy access to military installations, colleges and universities, metropolitan areas and North Carolina's ports in Morehead City and Wilmington.

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