Robert “Robb” D. Teer Jr. has been involved in transportation and economic development his entire career. He has served as an at large member on the N.C. Turnpike Authority since 2003. His term expires in 2023.
From 1967 to 1980, Teer worked in transportation construction throughout the country and overseas for the Nello L. Teer Company in Durham.
Teer helped build thousands of miles of highways in numerous states. The projects he was involved with included a large portion of the interstate system in North Carolina. He also assisted in building parts of toll roads in Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Teer also served as president of Teer Enterprises from 1980 to 1985, which specialized in family real estate development. During his tenure at Teer Enterprises, he worked with IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, United Therapeutics and Verizon. In 1986, he formed Teer Associates and was involved with the creation and design of over 3.7 million square feet of real estate construction.
Over 22 years, Teer served on the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority in various capacities including chairman. During his tenure, the airport authority completed over $1 billion in projects culminating in the opening of a new Terminal.
For 28 years, Teer served in the U. S. Army Reserve, retiring in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel. During his career, he served as a hospital administrator, a logistician and as a member of the senior staff of the Health Services Command at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He also completed the Army Command and General Staff College and helped start and organize the United Service Organization (USO) at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He also helped the North Carolina USO start centers in Jacksonville, N.C., Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Fort Bragg Army Base, Fort Bragg, N.C.
In 2011, Teer received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue. In 2014, Teer received the Durham Chamber of Commerce Civic Honor Award, which is given annually to honor people who have made extraordinary contributions to the community.
Teer earned a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lived in Durham his entire life and is married to Susan Tatum Teer. The couple have one daughter and a grandchild.