Influential N.C. sports execs: Mark Brazil
tournament director, Wyndham Championship
It was called the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Open, and Tiger Woods was dominant when Brazil took over as chief of the Triad’s annual professional golf tournament in 2001. Eighteen years later, he’s sustained a competition that annually fights to attract top-tier golfers despite a purse topping $6 million. Time-share operator Wyndham Rewards is signed on as title sponsor through 2026. Brazil grew up in Asheville and earned a bachelor’s degree at Baylor University. Before his Greensboro move, he spent eight years with the American Junior Golf Association. Under his leadership, tournament oversight converted from the local Jaycees chapter to a new foundation supported by many regional businesses.