Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) announced the election of Chris Clunie and Brad Jones to its Board of Directors. Clunie, who is the Director of Athletics for Davidson College, and Jones, who serves as Regional President and Executive Vice President for BBVA Compass, become the 27th and 28th members of the Board.
“We are very excited to announce the additions of Chris Clunie and Brad Jones to the Board,” said Johnny Harris, Board Chairman of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “These two esteemed individuals have continuously demonstrated their commitment to Charlotte and the surrounding region. We know they will be tremendous partners and stewards for the Charlotte Sports Foundation.”
Clunie, a former Wildcats basketball player from the class of 2006, took the athletics helm on July 1 of this year after working for the San Antonio Spurs and, for the past decade, the NBA. He recently served as the NBA’s director for international basketball operations, bringing elite development programs, coaching workshops and other major events to nations across the globe. He also oversaw basketball operations for NBA All-Star Weekend and the NBA Draft Combine.
Jones, a Kings Mountain native who received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry. He has been with BBVA Compass since 2015 after sixteen years with Wells Fargo and its subsidiaries. As Regional President and EVP, he oversee all aspects of commercial, wealth and retail banking.
The mission of the Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF), a 501(c)(3), is to provide leadership for sports-based initiatives that result in a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in the Charlotte region. CSF works to create, secure and operate high-caliber athletic events such as the Belk College Kickoff, the ACC Football Championship and the Belk Bowl. These three games, and ancillary events, attract tens of thousands of fans to Charlotte annually and had an economic impact of approximately $76 million for the local economy in 2017.
The Sports Foundation also provides support for recruitment and operation of other local sporting events, including the 2019 NBA All-Star Game and 2019 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, and spearheads Charlotte’s continued growth as a preferred host for premier national and regional sporting events.
CSF was created in the spring of 2013 as a combined entity of Charlotte’s two primary sports development groups, Charlotte Collegiate Football and the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission. It’s origins can be traced to the vision of Charlotte civic leaders after the very successful hosting of the 1994 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The organization’s board of directors is comprised of regional business, industry and civic leaders who have a proven track record of bringing sports and economic development to the area.