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Tom Murray, Board Chair

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, CEO

Tom Murray currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), which is responsible for promoting hospitality, tourism and conventions throughout the Charlotte, N.C. region. The 200-employee CRVA has an operational budget of $50 million, which includes marketing and new business development programs as well as management of Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte Convention Center, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium and NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Murray has 30 years of international hotel and hospitality executive experience, resulting in a strong expertise in hotel operations, finance, sales, branding, marketing, real estate and franchise development, hotel construction, human resources, and strategic planning and execution. His experience spans hands-on management of hotel properties to strategic planning for multi-national corporations.

For more than six years, Murray served in executive management positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) of Atlanta, where he rose to the position of chief operating officer for the Americas. Under his leadership, Intercontinental experienced a historic period of growth, including the acquisition of Candlewood and creation of Hotel Indigo.

Prior to joining InterContinental Hotels, Murray served with Red Lion Hotels for three years as senior vice president for Hilton Hotel Corporation. He directed the dramatic growth of the brand from nine to 56 hotels before the brand was sold to West Coast Hospitality. Murray oversaw all areas of operation, strategic planning, branding, marketing and development.

Murray also served as vice president for franchise development for Promus Hotels Corporation of Memphis where he worked with numerous leading hotel brands, including Doubletree Hotels, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suite and Hampton Inn. During his seven years with Promus, Murray’s responsibilities included franchise management and development of company owned and managed hotels.

Before joining the CRVA, Murray served as chief executive officer of Lindblad Expeditions of New York, where he led a financial and marketing turnaround of the 30-year-old, ship-based expedition cruise business that operates in alliance with National Geographic. Through his leadership and the support of a private equity firm and two other senior members of the corporate staff, Lindblad was restored to financial and operational health.

Following graduation from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy, Murray worked with the Marriott Hotels Corporation in Bethesda, Md. for more than nine years in various operations and accounting positions. He served as assistant controller and controller for numerous Marriott properties, including the first Marriott property in Canada. Murray and his wife, Alison, have two daughters.


Andrew Culicerto, Vice-Chair

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Partner

Andrew S. "Andy" Culicerto is a partner at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in the commercial litigation department. Andy devotes a significant portion of his practice to construction litigation and general business disputes in state and federal courts in both North and South Carolina.

Andy's extensive construction knowledge has allowed him to frequently publish and lecture on various aspects of construction law throughout the Carolinas.

Andy is active in the Charlotte community. He is member of the Bronko Nagurski Charlotte Touchdown Club Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the Carolinas Association of General Contractors Suppliers Council, named 2012 Charlotte Business Leader Movers and Shakers and honored as a North Carolina Rising Star by Superlawyer magazine (2011-2015).

Andy graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Finance. and the West Virginia College of Law where he was Associate Editor of Law Review and served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge David A. Faber, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Andy lives in Charlotte with his wife, Lori, and their two young daughters, both of which will attend Charlotte Lab School.


Casey Rentch, Treasurer

Wells Fargo, Managing Director

Casey Rentch is a Managing Director in the investment bank at Wells Fargo Securities. In his role at Wells Fargo, Casey serves a global group of industrial clients, providing advice on capital raising and mergers/acquisitions.

Outside the office, Casey is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoys horse racing and golf and is an active member of the West Virginia University Alumni Association’s Charlotte chapter.

Casey graduated cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Finance and received his MBA from the Robert H. School of Business at the University of Maryland. Casey lives in Charlotte with his wife Jaime, and his two children, Ben and Kate.


Nicholas Clavin

Carolinas Healthcare System, MD


Lisa Frison

Wells Fargo, African American Segment Manager


Brian Leary

Cresent Communities, President, Commercial and Mixed Use

Brian Leary joined Crescent Communities as president of its commercial and mixed-use business unit in 2014. In this role, he directs the company’s office, industrial and retail developments and property management across the country. Through Brian’s 22 years of experience in real estate, he’s overseen an excess of $2B in development.

Prior to joining Crescent, Brian held senior management positions with Jacoby Development, Inc., Atlanta Beltline, Inc., AIG Global Real Estate, Atlantic Station, LLC and Central Atlanta Progress. As the managing director of Jacoby Development, a national developer of corporate, mixed-use and retail projects, he launched ONE Daytona, a 4.5-million square foot joint venture with International Speedway Corp. Previously Brian served as president and CEO of Atlanta Beltline, Inc., the organization executing the implementation of the BeltLine, one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects in the United States. When complete, the $3B+ project will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails, transit, public art and thousands of units of housing along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling Atlanta.

While vice president of AIG Global Real Estate, he oversaw the design and development of Atlantic Station, a 13.5-million square foot joint venture that, at the time, represented the largest urban brownfield redevelopment in the United States and currently includes the approximately 1.5 million square feet of retail, 1.5 million square feet of LEED-certified Class-A office, 3,000 residential units and a 120-room hotel. In 1998, he successfully negotiated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Atlantic Station to become the first project of its kind in the United States. In addition, Brian’s development experience spans the country with successful assignments in Hawaii, the Midwest and in Central Florida. His focus on urban development and sustainability included leading a national coalition to create a $2 billion alternative energy and energy efficiency tax-exempt financing program with the U.S. Treasury and EPA.

Prior to Atlantic Station, Brian worked for Atlanta’s downtown development organization, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP). With CAP and COPA, Inc. (the nonprofit development arm for the Centennial Olympic Park area) Brian helped implement the first taxincrementfinancing (TIF) district in the State of Georgia.

Brian is a graduate of Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture with an undergraduate degree in architecture with minor concentrations in land development and real estate, and in addition, holds a master’s degree in City Planning from Georgia Tech. While focusing on transportation and land development in graduate school, he finished a redevelopment plan for the Atlantic Steel property that would provide the basis for Atlantic Station.

Over the years, Brian has spoken to groups across the United States on Smart Growth, real estate development and leadership. He has presented on Capitol Hill, the National Partners for Smart Growth, the Real Estate Roundtable, and previously served on AIG’s & ICSC’s Sustainability Committees. He has been published nationally and has taught at Georgia Tech where he currently serves on the College of Architecture’s Executive Council.

Brian is a member of the Board of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Charlotte’s science museum, Discovery Place, the Charlotte Center City Partners Planning & Development Committee and recently served on the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Gala Host Committee, the Catawba Lands Conservancy Steering Committee. Prior to moving to Charlotte from Atlanta, Brian served on the Board of Trustees of Leadership Atlanta and ULI’s Livable Communities Coalition Council, the Governing Board of Atlanta Medical Center, on Emory University’s Board of Visitors and the Woodruff Arts Center Roundtable. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), NAIOP, ICSC and formerly of Atlanta’s Downtown Rotary club. With his wife Whitney, he chaired the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Annual Gala and graduated in the inaugural class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. He is also an alumni of the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute, served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council’s Academe, Policy & Research Committee, the US Mayor’s Institute for City Design, and at the request of the Mayor of Atlanta, previously served as Chairman of the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee. Brian also served on ULI Nashville’s Development of Excellence Awards jury for 2016.

Brian, his wife and their two daughters reside in the City of Charlotte.


Lindsay Thompson

TriNet, Inc., Corporate Counsel

Lindsay works as Corporate Counsel at TriNet Group, Inc., a professional employer organization (PEO) that provides comprehensive human resources solutions for small to midsize businesses. She has spent her law career practicing litigation and labor and employment law. Lindsay is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and she graduated from the University of Virginia and Washington & Lee University. She has lived in Charlotte for 13 years. Lindsay and her husband Glenn have three children and their oldest, India, attends Charlotte Lab. They are big fans of the Panthers, outdoor adventures at North Carolina's local and state parks, and time spent with family and friends.


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