Board of Directors

Joseph Pirozzi- Chairman of the Board
St. Peters College, BA in Mgmt, ’72; Fordham University, MBA ‘75
NJ Army National Guard 1966-1972
Retired from Eaton Corp 2008; Director of Sales, Global Accounts
NCSU College of Management, Full Time Lecturer 2008- Present

Michael Strange – Vice-Chair
Central Carolina Tech ‘98
USMC 1992-1996
XS, Inc – IT Team Leader, IT Consulting

Elree T. Smith – Chairman Emeritus
US Army 1961-1981; Sgt1st Class, 5th Special Forces Group, Vietnam Veteran
North Carolina State Government 1981-2001
Awarded North Carolina’s “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” 10/03
Past President; Wake County Council of Veterans Organizations
Past State Commander; Department of North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars
Past Commander; North Carolina Veterans Council
Commissioner on the North Carolina Veterans Affairs Commission
Board of Directors; Friends of the North Carolina State Veterans Homes
Board of Directors; Wake County Council of Veterans Organizations

Michael B. (Bruce) Edwards – Secretary
University of Florida, BA History ’71, Long Island University, MBA ‘78
US Army 1971-1992; Lt. Colonel, Ranger
State Adjutant/Quartermaster, Department of NC, Veterans of Foreign Wars 2001-Present
Membership in the Military Order of the Cootie, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Association of the U.S. Army, Military Officers Association of America, American Airborne Association, and U.S. Army Ranger Association.

Vernon Carl (Bud) Gross – Treasurer
Virginia Tech, BS Ceramic Engineering ‘63
US Army Reserve 1963-1969 1st Lieutenant, Vietnam Veteran
IBM 1967-2000
Vietnam Veterans of America, NC- Treasurer 1995- Present
Member Gideons International