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Paula Hale Elected to Head USTA Southern

November 21, 2014 10:00 AM
Paula Hale
Randy Jackson
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Dennis Miller
Jane Gamble
Rex Maynard
Rex Maynard
Derek White
Ted Reese
Drew Meyers
John Cox
Brett Schwartz

United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern announced today Paula Hale, of Raleigh, N.C., was elected as USTA Southern Board of Directors President and CEO for the 2015-2016 term. Hale had served as the USTA Southern Board of Directors Executive Vice President for the past two years.

Derek White, of Savannah, Ga., was elected to the post of Executive Vice President for the same term. He had served as USTA Southern Board of Directors Executive Vice President.

The members of the USTA Southern Board of Directors were elected unanimously by the Southern Sections’ nine state associations: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee for the two-year term beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. Hale will lead the largest of the U.S. Tennis Association’s 17 Sections, representing nearly 25 percent of the national membership.

James “Bud” Spencer, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., will continue to serve out his term as President and CEO through Dec. 31, 2014. He was elected as the USTA Delegate and Chairman of the USTA Southern Nominating Committee for the 2015-2016 term. However, he has resigned from those posts for the 2015-2016 term for personal reasons. The Board has appointed Rex Maynard, of Belton, S.C., as USTA Delegate, and Randy Stephens, of Macon, Ga., as USTA Southern Nominating Committee Chairman.

Here is the full list for the 2015-2016 term:

USTA Southern Board of Directors

  • Paula Hale, President & CEO, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Derek White, Executive Vice President, Savannah, Ga.
  • Randy Jackson, Vice President, Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Ted Reese, Vice President, Holly Springs, N.C.
  • Bonnie Vandegrift, Vice President, Asheville, N.C.
  • Drew Meyers, Secretary, Lafayette, La.
  • Dennis Miller, Treasurer, Madison, Miss.
  • John Cox, Director at Large, Cleveland, Miss.
  • Jane Gamble, Director at Large, Paducah, Ky.
  • Brett Schwartz, Director at Large, Mandeville, La. 
  • Rex Maynard, USTA Delegate, Belton, S.C.

USTA Southern Nominating Committee

  • Randy Stephens, Chairman, Macon, Ga.
  • Sharon Gault, Member, Greenville, Miss.
  • Kathy Hinrichs, Member, Kenner, La.
  • Helen Martin, Member, Columbus, Ga.
  • Paul Pittman, Member, Florence, S.C.

More about our new Board members ...

Paula Hale, President & CEO

Paula Hale, of Raleigh, N.C., has been elected President and CEO of USTA Southern. She has previously served as Executive Vice President, Vice President, Director at Large and as a board member of the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation. She is currently the national Chair of the USTA Delivery System and Education Council and past Chair of USTA Community Tennis Association Committee. She is a member of the BB&T Atlanta Open Steering Committee, the first men’s tournament in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. A former President of USTA North Carolina and the North Carolina Tennis Foundation, she has received the USTA Southern Jacobs Bowl, the USTA North Carolina President’s Award, the USTA North Carolina Adult Senior Competition Award and is a graduate of the USTA University Leadership Institute.

Derek White, Executive Vice President

Derek White, of Savannah, Ga., has been elected Executive Vice President of USTA Southern. His first year on USTA Southern Board of Directors was in 2007 when he served as Secretary. In 2009, he began three two-year terms as Vice President. Additionally, White has served as Chair of the USTA Grievance Committee. A graduate of Mercer University and Georgia Southern University, White has also served as a member of the USTA Georgia Grievance Committee and the Executive Director Search Committee. He has held numerous positions at the national level. He has served on the USTA Constitution and Rules Committee, Tennis and Rules Committee, and will be the Chair of the Grievance Committee for the 2015-16 term.

Randy Jackson, Vice President

Randy Jackson, of Ft. Smith, Ark., has been elected to serve as Vice President in his second two-year term. Previously he held the post of Director at Large. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the USTA Southern Governance Ad Hoc Committee and Chair of the USTA Southern Junior Safety Ad Hoc Committee. Jackson was inducted into the Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame. From 2006-2010 he served as chairman of the USTA Southern Jr. Team Tennis Committee and has served on the USTA National Jr. Team Tennis Committee since 2008, currently serving as vice chair.

Ted Reese, Vice President

Ted Reese, of Holly Springs, N.C., was elected Vice President. He served as a Director at Large in the 2013-2014 term. A former USTA North Carolina President, Reese also serves on the North Carolina Nominating Committee. He is the General Manager and Director of Tennis of the Sunset Ridge Racquet & Swim Club in his hometown. He has held the posts of Junior Davis Cup coach, Junior Federation Cup coach, USTA Zonal Team coach, and numerous nationally ranked, collegiate, and professional students.

Bonnie Vandegrift, Vice President

Bonnie Vandegrift has been elected to her second two-year term as Vice President of USTA Southern. She is the board liaison to the Junior Competition and Player Development Committees. She previously served one team as Director at Large. Prior to becoming a Vice President, Vandegrift served 12 years on the USTA Southern League Committee, four years as Chairman and four years as Vice Chair. She is currently beginning her second two-year term as Chairman of the USTA League Committee and has been a member of the national committee for eight years. She also served as President of USTA North Carolina and the North Carolina Tennis Foundation.

Drew Meyers, Secretary

Drew Meyers, of Lafayette, La., has been elected to serve as USTA Southern Secretary.  He previously served a three-year term as USTA Louisiana President from 2011-2014. Over the years, Drew has held various positions with USTA Louisiana including Executive Vice President, secretary, and chair of the Junior Tennis Council. He has also been a member of USTA Southern committees including Junior Competition as well as Adult Competition in which he served as Chair of the Senior Cup Subcommittee.  Drew has been captain of the Louisiana’s Men’s Senior Cup team since 2003, and in 2014, he took over as captain of Team Southern for the Keith Donoff Challenge Cup, a men’s intersectional competition.

Dennis Miller, Treasurer

Dennis Miller, of Madison, Miss. has been elected to his second term as USTA Southern Treasurer. He also serves as Chairman of the USTA Southern Finance & Budget Review Committee and on the Human Resource Committee. He volunteers on the USTA Advocacy and Public Affairs Committee and as President of the Tennis Foundation of Mississippi. He serves as the USTA Mississippi Past President on its Board of Directors, as the chairman of the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) Tennis Committee and as a board member of the Tri-County Community Tennis Association.

John Cox, Director at Large

John Cox, of Cleveland, Miss., has been elected USTA Southern Director at Large. He recently served President of USTA Mississippi. He also volunteered as the Chairman of the USTA Southern State President's Group and served on various USTA Southern committees, including the Constitution and Rules Committee and the Advocacy Committee. A practicing attorney in his hometown, he has earned a "AV" rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. He is also a member of the Mississippi Southern Senior Cup team and the past Chair of the Delta Community Tennis Association.

Jane Gamble, Director at Large

Jane Gamble, of Paducah, Ky., has been elected to a second term as USTA Southern Director at Large. She has been volunteering for 25 years, serving as President of USTA Kentucky in 2009-2011 and 12 other years on the Board of Directors. Currently, Gamble is completing a second term on the USTA CTA Committee, for which she wrote two Powerpoint documents: the CTA Health Check and Tennis: It’s our Business. Through the Paducah Tennis Association, she coordinates in-school tennis programs, after-school, summer 10 and Under Tennis, and with children and adults at the Easter Seal Center.

Brett Schwartz, Director at Large

Brett Schwartz, of Mandeville, La., has been elected USTA Southern Director at Large. He serves USTA Louisiana Board of Directors as the Immediate Past-President. At the sectional level he served as a member of the Player Development Committee (2005-2011) and as Vice-Chair of the Professional Relations Committee (2005-2007). Currently, he serves as a member of the USTA Southern Junior Competition Committee (2011-present) and is Chairman of the Collegiate Opportunity Subcommittee.  Nationally, he serves as a member of the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee (2011-present). Additionally, after Hurricane Katrina, Brett served on the Hurricane Katrina Grant Committee, which obtained and oversaw a $500,000 grant from the USTA to rebuild the public and private facilities in New Orleans. He is currently the Director of Tennis at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, the oldest tennis club in America.

Rex Maynard, USTA Delegate

Rex Maynard, of Belton, S.C., has been appointed USTA Delegate. Maynard served in the post from 2011-2012, after rising through the USTA Southern Board of Directors to the post of President and CEO from 2009-2010. He has also volunteered as Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation President. He has served as a volunteer at the local, state, sectional and national levels. He is currently a member of the USTA Nominating Committee. Additionally, Maynard is on the USTA Southern Junior Competition Committee, Nominating Committee and Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation Board of Directors. This month he was honored with the 2014 USTA Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award. He has served several terms as President and currently serves as Treasurer of the Belton Tennis Association and has been the volunteer Tournament Director of the Palmetto Championships (South Carolina's junior qualifying tournament held in Belton) since 1980. He was President of USTA South Carolina from 1994 to 1995. Maynard is a former Chairman and current Treasurer of the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation. In 1982 he helped establish the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and was inducted into the hall in 2001. He is a former recipient of the Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year Award, South Carolina’s highest volunteer honor, as well as the USTA Southern Jacobs Bowl and Charles B. Morris Jr. Service Award. 




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