Influential N.C. sports execs: Gary Buete
chief executive officer, N.C. FC Youth
An All-American soccer player at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., Buete joined the nation’s largest youth soccer organization in 2014 and oversaw the merger of the Capital Area Soccer League and Triangle Futbol Club Alliance. The nonprofit includes more than 13,500 players on teams that range from recreation to the top-rated Elite Clubs National League. This year, NCFC teams have won nearly 50 tournament championships. Before coming to North Carolina, Buete led the Baton Rouge Soccer Association in Louisiana for 14 years. He has a master’s degree in sports management from East Tennessee State University.