Influential N.C. sports execs: Fred Whitfield
No slam dunk:
president, Charlotte Hornets
The Campbell University graduate has his work cut out for him after the NBA team’s superstar, Kemba Walker, left to join the Boston Celtics. Who will buy a ticket to watch a team with no big star? But Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan has shown confidence in Whitfield, who joined the team as president in 2006 and remains in charge of business operations. He helped attract the NBA All-Star game to Charlotte and the Republican National Convention next year. He has enormous community respect and has been named a Citizen of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and earned UNC Charlotte’s Distinguished Service Award.