member since 2017
Adam joined the UNC Wesley board in 2017. A native of Mississippi and a resident of Chapel Hill, he is a life-long Methodist and long-time member of University United Methodist Church. Adam served as general counsel of Cree, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer with headquarters in Durham, from 1995 to 2013, during which the company grew from 130 to over 6,000 employees and from $11 million to $1.4 billion in annual revenues. He continued to work for Cree as an advisor to the CEO until retiring fully in 2017. Adam previously practiced law in Raleigh and Atlanta and worked for a time as an assistant professor at the UNC School of Law. He majored in mathematics at the University of Mississippi, received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Adam and his spouse, Lissa, met while in law school. Lissa is a professor on the faculty of the UNC School of Law, where she has been teaching banking law and secured transactions since she and Adam moved to Chapel Hill in 1984. Adam's interests include aviation and classical piano. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and enjoys flying his single-engine aircraft, a Beech Bonanza A36 model. In 2016 he became a member of a group of pilots known as "Earthrounders" by flying his plane around the world.