on May 23, 2014 04:07 PM • Views 2618

W. Neal Hanks, a North Carolina native and lifelong angler and hunter from Asheville,is the newest Wildlife Commissioner, sworn in on May 23.

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2014) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed a new member to its governing board during its business meeting on Thursday.

W. Neal Hanks, a North Carolina native and lifelong angler and hunter from Asheville, was sworn in as a district commissioner by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Hanks as the commissioner for district 9, which comprises Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe, Polk and Henderson counties.

Hanks will serve a term of six years and replaces Albert L. Sneed, also of Asheville, who resigned his post in March for personal reasons.

A graduate of Appalachian State University, Hanks is president of Beverly-Hanks & Associates in Asheville. He is an avid outdoorsman who also enjoys camping, boating, and water and snow skiing, in addition to hunting and fishing. He and his wife Amy are lifelong residents of Asheville and have four children ages 6 to 17.

“I’m very excited to join the Wildlife Commission,” Hanks said. “I’ve always been an advocate for wildlife in North Carolina. I’ve got young children, so it’s very important to me to conserve our wildlife resources for them and their generation.”

The 19-member Commission establishes policies and regulations governing hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced.