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Greensboro’s Judy Utley Nominated For President Of USTA Southern Section Executive Board

September 22, 2006 12:43 PM

The USTA Southern Section announced the nomination of Judy Utley, of Greensboro, NC as USTA Southern Section President to serve a two year term in 2007-2008. Utley is currently the Section’s Executive Vice President and is scheduled to assume the presidency from Mobile, AL’s Jeff Gray on January 17, 2007.

Utley has been involved in every level of tennis over the past thirty years. She is currently a member of the Learning and Leadership Committee for the USTA. In Greensboro, NC she has served as co-president of the Greensboro Tennis Association, co-commissioner of the Gate City Tennis League, and co-director of the Carlton Harris Jr. Tennis League.

Utley is finishing her two-year term as USTA Southern Section Executive Vice President. She is a current member of the USTA Southern Section and USTA North Carolina Strategic Planning Committee.

She has also chaired a variety of committees for both USTA Southern and USTA North Carolina, including the USTA North Carolina Adult Leagues Committee and USTA Southern Section Adult Leagues Committee. She was also President of USTA North Carolina from 1999 - 2001.

An avid player, Utley picked up the game in 1975 and got involved in USTA League Tennis eight years later. Since then she has been working on the administrative side of the USTA to grow the game by serving on the USTA North Carolina Board of Directors, the North Carolina Tennis Foundation Board of Directors and USTA Southern Section Management Committee as Secretary and Vice President.
Utley received a B.S. degree from East Carolina University in Secondary Education.

In addition to the Judy Utley nomination, the following people have been nominated as the new slate of elected Officers and Directors of the USTA Board:

Rex Maynard of Belton, SC is nominated for USTA Southern Section Executive Vice President. Maynard has served as Section Vice President since 2001 and has served on and chaired numerous Southern Committees, including Foundations (chair), Publications (chair), Public Relations and Sanction and Schedule. He helped establish the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982 and was elected to the USTA South Carolina Presidency in 1994. He is also a member of the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

Helen Jeter of Greer, SC, has been nominated for the role of Vice President. Jeter has an extensive medical background and was a practicing nurse and medical consultant from 1962 until the mid-1990s. She served as a Delegate-at-Large on the Southern Board of Directors. She also was Chair of the Southern Adult Leagues Committee from 2001-2004 and has been an active member of USTA National’s USTA League Tennis Committee and Section Marketing/Sales and Public Relations Committee.

Eddie Gonzalez of Atlanta, GA, is nominated for USTA Southern Section Vice President. He is currently serving as Chairman of the USTA Southern Marketing Committee, a committee member for the USTA Membership Committee, Marketing Committee, USTA.com sub-committee, Cardio Tennis sub-committee, and USTA Member Appreciation Day Vice Chairman. Formerly, he chaired the Southern Tennis Patron Foundation Fundraising Committee and Southern Intersectional Team Committee and was a member of the Southern Nominating and USTA Adult/ Senior Competition Committees. Gonzalez was employed by the USTA Southern Section as Director of Marketing from 1990-1998.

Mike McNulty of Lake Charles, LA, is nominated for USTA Southern Section Vice President. He is the former President of USTA Louisiana and USTA Southern Delegate-at-Large. McNulty is currently the chairman of the USTA Southern Constitution and Rules Committee and a member of the USTA Constitution and Rules Committee.

Derek White of Savannah, GA, is nominated for USTA Southern Section Secretary. White is the former President of the Macon Tennis Association and Delegate-at-Large. He is currently the chairman of the USTA Southern Grievance Committee and a member of the USTA Constitution and Rules Committee. White serves as the Southern Section’s representative for the USTA Operations Council.

Mac MacDougal, of Atlanta, GA is nominated for USTA Southern Section Treasurer. MacDougal has served as Chairman of CD Grants sub-committee, Community Development Committee, and USTA Southern Officials Committee. He served as USTA Georgia President, Chairman of the USTA Georgia Board and USTA Southern Delegate.

Jeff Gray of Mobile, AL, is nominated for USTA Southern Executive Committee Delegate. Gray served as USTA Southern Section President for the 2005 -2006 term and as Executive Vice President prior to the presidency. Gray was inducted into the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998 and the University of West Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971.

Paula Hale of Winterville, NC, is nominated for Delegate-at-Large. Hale has recently served as Chairman of the States President Committee, Growth and Participation Committee, and Community Development Committee for the USTA Southern Section. She also serves on the USTA National Community Tennis Association Development Committee and was honored in 2005 with the USTA Southern Jacobs Bowl Award.

Randy Jackson of Fort Smith, AR, is nominated for Delegate at Large. Jackson is currently the President of USTA Arkansas and served as Vice President during the previous term. He is a former President of the Western Arkansas Tennis Association and currently serves on the USTA Southern Awards Committee. In 2002, his family was named USTA Family of the Year.

Brenda Smith of Hoschton, GA is nominated for Delegate-at-Large. She is the current President of USTA Georgia and formerly a USTA Southern League committee member.

Bud Spencer of Mt. Pleasant, SC, is nominated for Delegate-at-Large. He served as USTA South Carolina President and Chairman of the Board in 2004 and 2005. He has been active as a member of the Board of Directors since 2000. He currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation, a charitable association that supports the sport of tennis in South Carolina. Spencer has been active in USTA activities for over 15 years, from the local to the national level.

The USTA Southern Section Nominating Committee includes: Jeff Gray of Mobile, AL, Henry Hostetler of Greensboro,NC, Mike Hurley of Old Hickory, TN, Judi Miller of Louisville, KY and Bobby Walker of Rome, GA.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 168,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.




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