A Drive For Excellence 

Former Navy officer enriches island through his leadership

The PGA Heritage has found a sponsor!”

That was the jubilant news that rang across the island when the announcement was made last summer. Following two tenuous years of searching for a new title sponsor, the Heritage was secure for the next half-decade as the Royal Bank of Canada fulfilled that role.

Prior to this announcement though, there were some serious behind-the-scenes efforts going on to keep the Heritage alive and well. Much of that work was orchestrated by a retired U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, successful IBM senior marketing manager and entrepreneur, Jack Wilson.

It was during this time that Wilson, along with Bill Wagner, sales director of the Heritage Classic Foundation, spearheaded an effort called the Sponsor Partnership Club. The club allowed individuals to partner in a sponsorship opportunity—for example, an 18th green skybox—with less financial commitment because the sponsorship fee is then shared.

Led by Wilson, fifty-plus volunteers began calling on businesses within the Lowcountry to garner support for the Heritage in its time of need. This successful venture generated $140,000 in additional revenue for the tournament last year, and as a result is being offered again this year.

“I think our island, and all of those who rallied to support the Heritage, demonstrated to the PGA Tour and, at the time, to prospective title sponsors that our community was not going to let this tradition simply vanish,” said Wilson.

Wilson has taken this kind of initiative in every community endeavor he’s undertaken, since he and his wife Jean moved here from Connecticut in 2001. He’s a graduate of Leadership Hilton Head Island/Bluffton and former chairman of its Board of Regents. As Chairman of the Leadership Alumni Committee, he developed and managed an Executive Leadership Series for the Chamber, hosting distinguished leadership speakers from around the country.

Taking action has always been in his DNA. With the military near and dear to his heart, as both a U. S. Naval Captain with the Retired Reserve and past president of the Lowcountry Chapter of the USNA Alumni Association, he was instrumental in creating and securing underwriting for the Patriot’s Outpost at the Heritage, a hospitality skybox for active-duty military, their dependents and wounded warriors to relax and enjoy complimentary food and beverages during the tournament.

“The Patriot’s Outpost provides a way to honor these valued members of our services and thank them for their sacrifices,” said Wilson.

Jack Wilson’s drive for excellence—evidenced by his service, initiative and leadership—has truly made a difference on our island, and for that, we are all grateful.

Spring 2012
Community Profile / Jack Wilson

Article courtesy of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina - www.artshhi.com

 

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