Board of Directors

Joe PirozziChairman – Joe Pirozzi
Fordham University, MBA
New Jersey National Guard,
50th Armored Division, 1966-72
Lecturer/Sales and Marketing, NC State University
Global Director of Sales, Eaton Corporation
IT Director, BMW of North America


Bud Gross – TreasurerBud Gross – Treasurer
Virginia Tech, BS Ceramic Engineering ‘63
US Army Reserve 1963-1969,
Active duty 1964-1967), 1st Lt, Vietnam Veteran
IBM 1967-2000; IT Director SEBTS 2000-2001
North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc – Treasurer 1995- Present
Member Gideons International, Officer of local camp.


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


Peter D. VorenkampPeter D. Vorenkamp
Duke University, MBA General Management
Nicholls State University, B.S. Engineering Technology
GAP Marketing Group; President/Managing Operations Partner 2009-Present
Rackspace, VP Managed Operation 2007-2008
Hewlett Packard 1986-2007
Board Member, Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina
Advisory Board Member, Cal Poly Graphic Communication


Michael DigiuseppeMichael Digiuseppe
West Virginia University, BSBA, Finance
Vice President of Sales, Teleflex, Inc. 2010 – Present
Sales Rep, Sales Manager, Johnson & Johnson 1999-2010
Merrill Lynch and MBNA America Bank 1993-1999
Student Mentor, NC State University
Long Bow Council Member, Triangle Y Guides
Volunteer Coach, Capital City Wrestling Club


Don ComerDon Comer
Georgia Southern University – B.S.
United States Navy, Seabees
Chief Executive Officer, Bobbitt Design-Build, Inc., General Contractors
Chairman, Butler Buildings Advisory Council
Employees Stock Ownership Plan Association
Board of Directors, Raffles Insurance, Ltd.
Employees Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Association


Marilyn AvilaMarilyn Avila
Georgia Southern University, BS, Chemistry
Deputy Majority Leader, NC General Assembly
Director of Administration, John Locke
Foundation, 1995-2006
Owner, Womack & Avila, Inc. 1979-1990
Chemist, Hanes Hosiery, Inc. 1975-79