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