Beau Memory has been named chief operating officer of the N.C. Department of Transportation.
In this role, Memory will oversee 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, the 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.
He served with NCDOT as the executive director of the N.C. Turnpike Authority from 2015 to 2019. During those years, 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.
Before that, memory was the 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.
"I am excited to welcome Beau back to NCDOT," said Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. "His strong transportation and management background will help us as we continue to move the department forward."
Before becoming NCDOT’s chief operating officer, 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.
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.