As the chief operating officer, Beau Memory oversees the Division of Highways, Ferry Division, Aviation Division, Rail Division, the Integrated Mobility Division (Bicycle and Pedestrian Division, Public Transportation Division), Division of Planning & Programming, and Office of Communications, Community Outreach and Public Engagement.
Memory has spent his career working in transportation and has served in leadership roles in the public and private sectors. In his previous role, Memory served as National Transportation director at SAS Institute, supporting transportation agencies as they leverage available data for evidence-based decision making, operational efficiencies and cost savings.
Before joining SAS, Memory served as the executive director of the N.C. Turnpike Authority from 2015 to 2019. During those years with the Turnpike Authority, he oversaw the construction, completion and successful opening of the Monroe Bypass and was twice awarded the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association's President's Award, the highest recognition in the tolling industry.
Memory previously served as Government Relations director for NCDOT and was recognized by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy as one of the most influential voices at the state capital. As the senior policy advisor on transportation to the North Carolina Senate, he played a lead role in the development of the state's Strategic Transportation Investments law, which establishes a process by which all projects are considered and approved openly in a transparent, data-driven and depoliticized manner.
A native of Whiteville, Memory graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in Political Science and Government.
Memory lives in Cary with his wife, Ashley, and his two children.