Kurt Naas
A Strong Voice
for our community

 

The choice for cornelius commissioner

Together We can!

As a citizen, he stood up for you. He can do more for the town of Cornelius if he becomes your Commissioner

Qualifications

Kurt Naas, leader of the citizens group WidenI77 that has opposed the I-77 toll project since 2012, is a candidate for Cornelius Commissioner. Years of fighting the I-77 tolls made it clear we need elected officials who will listen to citizens, carefully research the issues, and stand firm on convictions. When he formed WidenI77 in 2012 most elected officials in the region were convinced tolls were the only answer. Today, as a result of his efforts and scores of others who joined the cause, all North Mecklenburg towns and the counties of Mecklenburg and Iredell have passed resolutions opposing the project.  


Kurt has been a resident of Cornelius since 2005 and owns a manufacturing business also located in Cornelius. He has been married to Maria for 28 years and they  have one son (who is a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion!), and attend Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte.


Career
Kurt began his professional career as an Aerospace Engineer with General Dynamics Space Systems, where he worked on the guidance platform for the Atlas rocket and Centaur upper stage. He has held executive level positions at Allied Signal, where he led the global product support launch of their microturbine business, and Honeywell and Ingersoll Rand, where he had profit-and-loss responsibility of over $100M. 


Education & Recognition

  • Master’s in Business Administration (with distinction), Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University)
  • Master’s in Engineering Management (with distinction), Northwestern University
  • BS Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
  • Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society of Collegiate Schools of Business

Service & Involvement 

  • Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board (TAB), 5 years. 
  • Formed and led Widen I-77, a citizen’s group dedicated to widening I-77 with general purpose lanes, 5 years 
  • Exit 28 DDI Landscape Advisory Committee (ongoing)

Awards and Honors 

  • 2015 “Citizen of the Year” -- NC Open Government Coalition
  • 2015 Distinguished Service Award - LKN Chamber of Commerce (with Widen I-77)

Stuff You Didn’t Know

  • Sang the National Anthem in front of 25,000 people to open a Major League Baseball game (Padres-Braves, Sept 19, 1993.)
  • Completed a 6-quarter, full-time MBA program in 5 quarters while undergoing treatment for cancer. He graduated at the top of his class.
  • In addition to being a cancer survivor, Kurt is also a plane crash survivor.
  • Played the trumpet professionally.
  • Is cited as a source in a college textbook for a case study he wrote for the Chicago Baroque Ensemble while he was in business school. (Standing Room Only by Profs. JoAnne Scheff and Philip Kotler) 
  • Cancer survivor/Hodgkin's disease

  On November 7 vote for Kurt Naas, Cornelius Commissioner. Becasue we need a strong voice.