Board of Directors

Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey grew up in Raleigh and attended Woodberry Forrest School. He then went on to graduate from Duke University. He and his wife own the Anchorage Morina in Atlantic Beach where they also have a residence. He has been involved as both the developer and owner of Commercial and Residential Real Estate for more than 30 years. He serves on the Boards of a number of local charities. He also served two terms on the Atlantic Town Board. He is on active pilot as well as boater.

Steve Blanchard

A Burlington, NC native, Steve Blanchard attended Western Alamance High School. He now resides in Sunset Beach, NC. He retired as Business Development Manager from WIX Filtration / NAPA Filters ofter 38 years in 2015. He served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1969-1975 and is a USCG Licensed Captain and a Commercial Fisherman. Steve's previous experience with the tournament was as a sponsor for many years and he was elected to the B&GC Billfish Classic Board of Directors in 2017.

Chris Burrows

Chris hos been with our Tournament since 2004! He is a USCG 1 Licensed Captain, received his BA from UNC Charlotte. He has 10+ years' experience in Charter Fishing, and is currently ,. ,, operating 2 restaurants in Brunswick County, NC. He is also a contributor to Carolina Sportsman, Sport Fishing Magazine, and several local newspapers. Chris is a Staff writer for We ore so excited to hove him continue 1 with us!

Fred Cory

Fred Cory truly believes in giving bock to the Boys & Girls Clubs of The Coastal Plain! He is on avid Angler and o wonderful Craftsman in Wood. He has donated many of his creations to the Silent Auction! Fred has been with Cisco Systems for 20 years, as Systems Engineer. Before that he was with 1st Union for 5 years as Network Consultant. Fred has been involved with the BOD of Bartq B&GC Billfish Tournament since 2010, and has been billfishing since 1995.

He has mode Morehead City, NC his home port since 2007.

Scott Eckholdt

Scott is a native of Clemmons, NC where he grew up with 4 sisters
and 1 brother. In his teen years he began offshore fishing and quickly developed a passion for it. He has fished many of the NC Governor's Cup events over the post few years. He attended Carteret Community College and finished his degree at Appalachian State. He has worked in banking since 2002 with several banks and now with Sound Bonk in Morehead City He become a member of Afterhours Rotary Club in 2012. Afterhours Rotary has been very active with the Boys & Girls Club over the years and annually volunteers for fundraising events. Scott has served with many local non-profits and boards during his career and knows the importance of giving bock to the community

Mark Fortier

Mark joined Edward Jones in 199 4 as a financial advisor and opened on office in Zebulon, N.C. Since joining the firm, he has served as a visiting veteran, training mentor, academy leader, recruiting leader, phone workshop coordinator, soles hiring team member and as a performance leader for seven years. Fortier was named a regional leader in 2011, and today leads more than 50 branch teams located throughout on area encompassing Raleigh, Cory and Woke Forest. In addition, he has attended 15 consecutive Managing Partner's Conferences, on annual event that recognizes the top 400 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors. Fortier serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club Billfish Classic and the Eastern North Carolina Alzheimer's Association and is post president of the local Chamber of Commerce. He earned a degree in business management from the University of North Carolina­Wilmington and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERn-1 professional designation. We ore happy to hove Mark remain on our BOD!

Donna Hardy

Born and raised in Colorado, Donna found her way to the Crystal Coast 29 years ago, and has never left. She managed Etc., a high end ladies clothing store for 18 years. She was a caregiver for her in-lows for the lost 6 years of their lives. She was the director of Big Rock Blue Marlin KWLA Tournament for 3 years and is currently Media and Marketing Director for Al Williams Properties.

Scott Lewis

Scott joined the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina in 2015 a year ofter moving to Morehead City He was very involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nosh/Edgecombe Counties serving on the BOD for over 10 years and as Chief Volunteer Officer for nearly 6 years, Finance Choir and other leadership roles during his tenure. His proudest recognition from any organization or company he's worked for come in March 2009 when he was recognized as the Chief Volunteer Officer of the Year for the Southeast US during its annual conference.

This was followed up with being awarded The Notional Medallion by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in January 2014. His passion for youth is demonstrated further in being a mentor with middle school youth and as on active board member for Communities In Schools for 18 years. He is currently with Select Bonk where he serves as the bank's Director of Government Lending which includes SBA and USDA government lending programs.

Karen Willis

Karen Willis and her husband ore the owners of Willis Insurance Agencies in Beaufort and Morehead City. They hove 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Karen has been on advocate for Boys & Girls Club since the opening of the first club in Beaufort 20 years ago. She's served as Board Choir of the Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina several terms and currently serves as secretory of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain. She has been the volunteer and event coordinator for the tournament for over 10 years. In addition to her work with Boys & Girls Club, she is a lifetime member of the Beaufort Woman's Club who has continued with their support of both the clubs and the tournament since it's opening. We ore thrilled to hove Karen's effort, energy and assistance with the BOD this year!

Thomas Wood

Please Welcome Thomas Wood as one of our Newest Board Members! Thomas Wood is a graduate of Concord University with a BA in Business Administration. He holds a USCG 100-ton Master Captains License. He has operated Dancin Outlaw Charters, a full time charter boot located on the Morehead City waterfront, since 1997, with first place finishes in Big Rock, Ducks Unlimited, and Cope Fear Blue Marlin Tournaments. Also, first, second and third finishes in The Big Rock Tournament release division. He lives on Harkers Island with his wife of 3 2 years, Vera Wood. He raised two wonderful children, Katie and Frank Wood, who ore recent graduates of Appalachian State University and North Carolina State University, respectively.