NCDOT Appoints Hunter as New Executive Director of Kinston’s Global TransPark | News

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston has new management after park executive director John Rouse announced his retirement last week.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 2 engineer Preston Hunter has been named the new executive director of Global TransPark, a multimodal industrial site with an airport that is part of the NCDOT.

“We are grateful for the leadership and experience John has brought to Global TransPark and NCDOT,” Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette said in a statement Monday announcing the leadership change. “We are delighted that Preston, who has had a career in public service, is leading Global TransPark. He is a recognized innovator and results-oriented leader.

Mr. Hunter, a native of Lenoir County, has worked at the DOT for more than 30 years and has been the operations engineer for the department’s Kinston-based Division 2 Highway – which includes Carteret County – since September 2017. .

During his career, he progressed from assistant divisional traffic engineer, county maintenance engineer, district engineer and divisional maintenance engineer to his role as divisional engineer. Along with Carteret, Division 2 oversees project development and transportation operations, including construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, in Beaufort, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties.

Jeff Cabaniss, who is the Division 2 project development engineer, will succeed Mr. Hunter as the new Division 2 engineer. Mr. Cabaniss, who was an NCDOT employee for 30 years, rose through the ranks but did not follow a typical leadership path. He started in 1992 with the Pitt County Maintenance Unit and has since worked as a machine operator, transportation supervisor, and county maintenance engineer before becoming a Division 2 planning engineer and then being promoted to his previous position.

While at NCDOT, Mr. Cabaniss continued his education and earned his professional engineering license.

“Jeff rose through the ranks of Division 2 and his career is a testament to the value of hard work, lifelong learning and public service,” said Beau Memory, NCDOT’s chief operating officer. “He is a highly respected engineer and manager and we are delighted to have him take on this new role.”

Mr. Rouse, originally from Kinston, retired from Global TransPark after more than 31 years with the NCDOT. He started with the agency in 1990 after earning a degree in civil engineering from NC State University. He has held many leadership positions, including Deputy District Engineer, Deputy Resident Engineer, County Maintenance Engineer, Resident Engineer, Division Project Manager, Division Maintenance Engineer, Division 4 Engineer, Engineer of Division 2 and Deputy Chief Engineer East.

In these roles, he oversaw the completion of the Neuse River Bridges, the Washington Bypass, the Southwest Bypass in Pitt County, the Goldsboro Bypass, the US 17 Bypass in Craven and Jones Counties and the completion of the CF Harvey Parkway in Lenoir County. He has served as the Executive Director of Global TransPark since October 2019 and has helped the park secure over 600 jobs and $16.3 million in investments.

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