Boone resident named to N.C. Board of Transportation
by Kellen Moore
Boone resident Jim Palermo has been appointed to the N.C. Board of Transportation, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday.
Palermo currently serves as executive in residence at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.
He said he has previously served on several road committees, including as co-chairman of the Committee of 21 in Charlotte, a task force that looks at road and mass transit options in the state’s largest city.
Before joining Johnson & Wales, Palermo was executive vice president for Bank of America, where he spent 24 years before his retirement in 2003, working primarily with real estate.
“When you dabble in the world of real estate, you have to deal with the infrastructure around it, and that gave me a good history,” Palermo said.
It was through his Charlotte ties that he got to know McCrory, he said.
Palermo said he’s no expert on transportation, but pledged to listen well and speak up for those he will represent. He said he had no particular agenda for the role, but has developed some concerns.
“I have nothing in particular, except for decades I’ve watched the distribution of transportation money, and I’m not necessarily convinced that it was distributed equally,” he said.
The Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee still must review Palermo and nine others before the selections become official.
If affirmed, Palermo will represent the District 11 Northwest region, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
Palermo lives in Boone with his wife, Sharron. A daughter and son-in-law also call Watauga County home.