&T CEO Named Wyndham Championship Honorary Chairman

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Kelly S. King, of Winston-Salem, N.C., has been named the honorary chairman of the 2009 Wyndham Championship, it was announced today. King is the chief executive officer of BB&T Corporation.

A recognized community leader in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, King is the third consecutive Honorary Chairman from outside Guilford County, emphasizing the Wyndham Championship’s increasing regional impact. As the honorary chairman, King 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.

“Bringing the Piedmont Triad together is particularly important during this difficult economic time,” King said. “The Wyndham Championship is the perfect vehicle to help bring all parts of our region together so that we can all experience growth. The proceeds from this event go to charities so we are helping people. With the economy the way it is, everything we do should be about what we can do to help others, and this needs to be a Piedmont triad effort. It’s an honor to chair this event, help our region grow and assist our Piedmont Triad citizens at the same time.”

King was named as BB&T’s chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2009. He joined BB&T’s Management Development Program in 1972. He has served in many roles, including chief operating officer and president of BB&T Corporation, banking manager for BB&T’s branch network, manager for the Central and Metropolitan regions, Raleigh city executive, Charlotte business services manager, Statesville consumer loan department manager and Statesville marketing officer. King also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Branch Banking and Trust Company.

“Kelly is the chairman of the Piedmont Triad Partnership Imitative which is involved in uniting the region, and our Piedmont Triad Foundation board is committed to the same endeavor through the Wyndham Championship,” Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation Board Chairman Bobby Long said.” A lot of these businesses that Kelly is reaching out to are the ones that have been driving the Wyndham Championship, and it’s a no-brainer. We are uniting our best spokesman for the region with our event that is committed to regionalism.”

A native of Raleigh, N.C., King is the chair of the Piedmont Triad Leadership Group, immediate past chair of the United Way Tocqueville Leadership Campaign and the United Way Tocqueville Leadership Society, and a board member of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
King’s distinguished banking career includes his present service on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond and as member of the Washington, D.C-based Financial Services Roundtable. King is past chair of the North Carolina Bankers Association, former vice chairman of the American Bankers Council and a former board member of the American Bankers Association.

King joins an impressive list of former honorary chairmen that includes 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.

The 70th Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 17-23, 2009 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets are available at wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office. The tournament title sponsor is Wyndham Worldwide, and the premier partners are BB&T, Harris Teeter and VF Corporation. Additional tournament information is available at wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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