Brooks Raiford, President & CEO, NCTA
Brooks Raiford has served as President & CEO of NCTA since 2008. NCTA is the statewide industry association for the tech sector, representing over 700 member companies and organizations that collectively employ over 100,000 North Carolinians.
In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its impact on a variety of public policy areas. Subsequently, Brooks served as Director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then President of Leadership North Carolina. Most recently, he was Business Development Director with Balfour Beatty Construction.
Brooks’ current and recent leadership activities include serving on the North Carolina eLearning Commission; the Board of Advisors of North Carolina New Schools; the Board of Directors of the Technology Councils of North America; the North Carolina Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition; Member of the Guilford College Board of Visitors; and President of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, where he is a former Student Body President and University Trustee.
Recently, the organization that represents the technology associations across North America named Brooks the 2014 “TechVoice Champion,” the first time an association CEO has received this award for advocacy on behalf of the tech sector.
Brooks’ wife Stephanie is a Principal in the Wake County Public School System, and they have two children, Lauren and Will.
Rep. Tom Murry, Representative, North Carolina House of Representatives
Ed Turlington, Partner, Brooks Pierce Law Firm
Ed Turlington is a partner at Brooks Pierce, which is a business law firm of 90 attorneys with offices in Raleigh, Greensboro and Wilmington. He has served as State Government Counsel for over 10 years to NCTA and represents a number of IT companies on legal and regulatory matters. His background includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Governor of North Carolina and in various roles for five US Senators. He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.