GREENSBORO, N.C. – Louis DeJoy, Chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics, is joining the Wyndham Championship as the honorary chairman, it was announced tonight during the inaugural meeting of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation Founders Club, formerly known as the Green Coat Club. The 72nd annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 15-21 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., DeJoy attended Stetson University in Florida where he earned an accounting degree. He worked for several years as a CPA at a major accounting firm in Florida before returning to New York to work with his family’s trucking business.
New Breed Logistics emanated from that small trucking company founded in 1968. DeJoy joined the company in 1982 and quickly broadened its focus to information technology-based logistics management solutions and moved the business to the Piedmont Triad. His energy and vision transformed New Breed into a leader in third-party logistics. Services range from distribution center operations and transportation management to highly sophisticated and technology-focused solutions involving product assembly, vendor managed inventory, reverse logistics and repair, manufacturing support, and supply chain consulting.
As the honorary chairman, DeJoy is serving as an ambassador for the PGA TOUR event which provides important economic benefits for the entire region and the state. As the Wyndham Championship evolves, the honorary chairman leads the charge to promote Piedmont Triad regionalism through the PGA TOUR event.
“I enjoy being involved with things that are well-run and are consequential,” DeJoy said. “The Wyndham Championship is extremely enjoyable and has a significant positive impact on our community. Everything that is worth something takes vision and teamwork. The Wyndham Championship embodies collaboration and success in our community, and I am proud to serve as Honorary Chairman of this year’s tournament.”
DeJoy joins an impressive list of former honorary chairmen that includes Kelly S. King, Chairman and CEO of BB&T, Allen Gant, president and chief executive officer of Glen Raven, Inc. in Burlington, N.C., Paul Fulton, Chairman of Bassett Furniture Industries in Winston-Salem, N.C., Mackey McDonald, former Chairman and CEO of VF Corporation, Dennis Glass, president and chief operation officer of Lincoln Financial; Jim Melvin, president of Bryan Foundation and former mayor of Greensboro; Charlie Reid, former chairman of United Guaranty and Fred Starr, former chairman of Thomasville Furniture.
While the honorary chairman serves as a tournament ambassador, the general chairman heads the tournament committee, the lead group of volunteers that oversees each area of tournament operations. Each Wyndham Championship area is supported by a staff member and a tournament- committee member who leads the volunteers in each area.
This year’s general chairman is Clayton Pressley, an IT Project Manager at Duke Energy who has been volunteering at the Piedmont Triad’s PGA TOUR event since the early 1990s. He has worked in multiple areas of Wyndham Championship operations over the years including pro-ams, contestant services, procurement and sales giving him the depth of experience needed to oversee the tournament committee.
“I really don’t believe there’s a better or more experienced tournament committee at any other PGA TOUR event in the country,” tournament director Mark Brazil said. These people are volunteering their time to make the Wyndham Championship successful each year, and they’re doing it on top of their full time jobs. That’s a deep commitment, and we are very, very grateful for their dedication, leadership and commitment to excellence.”
Seventeen people make up the all-volunteer tournament committee; members of the 2011 committee are below with the areas of tournament operations they represent and their employers:
2011 General Chairman: Clayton Pressley, Duke Energy
Concessions: Steve Melton, Signature Wealth Management
Contestant Services: Mike Barber, Michael L. Barber, Attorney at Law
Course Management: Randy Williard, Williard Technical Services, Inc.
Course Management: Mike McDonald, Wild Geese Enterprises
First Impressions: Marc Bush, Greensboro Sports Commission
Media: Kim Graham, Bank of America
Parking/Shuttles: Sam Ayers, Self Employed
Pro-Ams: Thomas Hockman, Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC
Pro-Ams: Sally Henley, Talbots
Security: Mike Ebel, Arcadis, U.S., Inc.
Sponsor Services: Erin Winters, Made to Order
Sponsor Services: Will McPherson, Trust Company of the South
Member at large: Chuck Pinnix, Buckner Companies
Member at large: Mark Ingram, ACI Distribution
Member at large: Will Yearns, Granville Homes, LLC
Member at large: Mason McClain, Sunbelt Business Brokers
2010 General Chairman: Lindley Ivey, Creative Communications
Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the seventh oldest event on the PGA TOUR. Tickets are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Flow Automotive, Harris Teeter, McConnell Golf and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament information, including ticket packages and sponsorship information, is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.