Raleigh Attorney Gary Joyner Assumes RTRP Chairmanship

Regional Partnership Board Names John Kane as Chair-elect

Research Triangle RegionResearch Triangle Region, N.C. (July 14, 2014) – The Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) has elected Gary K. Joyner as its chair for the coming two years. Joyner, managing partner for the Raleigh office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Law Firm, previously served as RTRP’s chair-elect. John M. Kane, president of Raleigh-based Kane Realty Corporation, will now serve as the organization’s chair-elect. Ronnie Goswick, economic development director for Franklin County, will continue his role as RTRP secretary. The board also re-elected Pat Corso, executive director of Moore County Partners in Progress, as treasurer. Charles Hayes will continue serving as RTRP’s president and CEO.

Joyner, who has served on the RTRP board of directors since 2004, is among the region’s most accomplished real estate attorneys. For each of the past eight years, SuperLawyers, a national publication covering the legal profession, has rated him a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” in the real estate practice area. Charlotte-based Business North Carolina magazine has honored Joyner as one of the state’s “Legal Elite” in its annual listings. In 2012, Triangle Business Journal named him one of the “Triangle’s Most Influential Business Leaders.” Joyner has long been active on the boards of the North Carolina Chamber and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, which he chaired in 2010-2011. He is a former president of Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County, on whose board he has served continuously since 1987. Joyner holds a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Wake Forest University’s School of Law.

“I’m very excited about the opportunities ahead for this award-winning organization and for our fast-growing region,” Joyner says. With its Shape of Things to Come strategic plan complete, regional leaders will now draft a follow-on strategy that will shape regional economic development objectives for the coming years. “The plans we embark upon during the next two years will help determine what this region looks like a generation from now,” he says. He hopes to bring a clearer focus to the region’s brand identity and forge collaborative ties with the state’s new public-private marketing entity, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

Joyner succeeds Jack Clayton, executive vice president at Wells Fargo, whose two-year term as RTRP chair ended June 30th. Clayton will continue to serve the organization in the role of immediate past chair. “I’m very grateful for Jack’s strong leadership during the past two years and the legacy he leaves us,” Joyner said. “His business acumen and commitment to the region were vital as we navigated fundamental changes to North Carolina’s economic development picture.” Efforts to ensure RTRP’s long-term viability led to the implementation of an investor-driven business model for the organization, for example. “Jack’s stewardship was also critical to the successful conclusion of our Shape of Things to Come strategy,” Joyner said. The 19-page action plan outlined a series of measurable goals for RTRP and the region in business development, product development and regional collaboration.

About The Research Triangle Regional Partnership

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) provides marketing and strategic economic development coordination for North Carolina's Research Triangle Region. RTRP comprises economic development organizations that represent a wide range of partners to ensure the region remains economically competitive at a global level. Among its many distinctions, RTRP received the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Award for Excellence in Economic Department Regional Competitiveness Strategic Planning.  For more information, visit


Charles Hayes, President and CEO
Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP)