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Mayor Bill Saffo City of Wilmington NC and Julie Wilsey Director Wilmington International Airport


Mayor Bill Saffo – City of Wilmington NC

The son of Greek  immigrants, Mayor Saffo was born in Wilmington. He graduated from Hoggard High School, and subsequently earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition to his service as Mayor, he is also the owner and broker-in-charge of Hanover Realty. He served on the Wilmington City Council from 2003 to 2007, and as Mayor since 2007.   The transportation bond was the focus of the Mayor’s interview.  The referendum for a $44 million bond will appear as a Yes/No vote on the Nov 4th general election ballot. While only $44 million will be on the referendum, the city would leverage existing funds to complete an entire package of projects worth $55 million. You can find complete information about the Transportation Bond on the city’s website.

Connect with the Mayor and City Council:          Facebook    Twitter

Julie Wilsey – Director of Wilmington International Airport  (Effective Jan 2015)

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1992, Julie was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  From 1992 to 1998, she served in various military assignments as a military engineer officer.

In January 1999, Julie moved to the Wilmington area and was hired as the Director of Facilities and Engineering at ILM. She was promoted to Deputy Airport Director in April 2001 and continued to focus on airfield and facility development, completing over $ 90M in capital improvement grants from the FAA in 15 years. Most recently the Airport Authority selected her to succeed Jon Rosborough as Airport Director in January 2015.  A career milestone includes earning her accreditation as an airport executive with the American Association of Airport Executives in 2008.

Julie is married to LTC (Ret) Donald Wilsey, USA.

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Special Edition Voice Of Business Talks With Dan Brawley and Thomas Varnum from Cucalorus

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Cucalorus Film Festival

Cucalorus announces 89 films as early selections for this year’s 20th anniversary film festival. From love-lost unicorns to teenage bank robbers, the early list is a winning combination of family films, social justice documentaries, hits from the festival circuit, and unexpected festival diversions like Dance-a-lorus and Visual/Sound/Walls. More than 200 films will screen in various festival programs like Magnolia, Vanguard, Voices, Kids-a-lorus, Works-in-Progress, and Convulsions.

Dan Brawley – Director, Cucalorus Film Festival

Dancing to several tunes (mostly offbeat) all at once, Dan Brawley is the multi-media collaborator and curator leading Cucalorus since 1999. A graduate of Duke University and a native of Wilmington, Brawley is busy traveling around the world to find new films and challenging artists and bring them to the festival. Ever restless, Brawley is also the Past Chair of Atlanta-based non-profit Alternate ROOTS, an organization that supports the crossroads between art and activism.

Thomas Varnum – Brooks Pierce Law Firm and Cucalorus Board Member

Thomas Varnum is an intellectual property, film and business lawyer with the Brooks Pierce law firm. He helped Brooks Pierce open its office in downtown Wilmington in 2013. Varnum grew up in Northern California, and attended UNC Chapel Hill before earning his law degree at UC-Davis. Now he lives, works and plays right here in beautiful Wilmington.