Champions For Education

Champions for Education, based in Charlotte, NC, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation created when the tournament was founded by Wells Fargo, Quail Hollow Club and the PGA TOUR in 2002. The Wells Fargo Championship serves as the principal fundraiser for the organization's efforts to support local and regional charitable organizations.

The creation of a non-profit organization to operate a PGA TOUR event is not unusual. Most of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour events are structured to provide a flow-through organization where money is contributed to charity after each tournament. Once the tournament is complete, the operational expenses are paid and the board of Champions for Education can determine how much charitable donations it can make within the community. To date, Champions for Education has donated over $20 million to Charlotte and Wilmington (site of the 2017 tournament) to local charitable foundations.

Board of Directors

  • Kendall Alley
    Wells Fargo Regional President
    Charlotte Region

  • Nicholas Carey
    Wells Fargo
    Vice President, Sponsorships

  • Armando Chardiet
    Atrium Health Foundation
    President     

  • Rich Davies
    Pavilion Development Company
    CEO     

  • John W. Harris
    Lincoln Harris
    President and CEO

  • Johno Harris
    Lincoln Harris
    President     

  • Luke Kissam
    Albemarle Corporation
    Chairman, President & CEO

  • Stephanie Rivera
    Champions For Education
    Board Member     

  • Felix Sabates
    Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte
    Chairman 

  • Robert Stevanovski
    ACN
    Chairman & Co-Founder 

  • Eric Steigerwalt
    Brighthouse Financial
    President and CEO   

Tournament Staff

  • Hollis Cavner - Executive Director

  • Gary Sobba - Tournament Director

  • Gina Spears - Tournament Accountant

  • Tony Schuster - Operations Director

  • Lee Patterson - Director of Communications

  • Keri Kansagor -Assistant Tournament Director

  • Kacy Harmon - Director of Ticketing, Digital Communications & Project Mgmt.

  • Cameron Wells -Tournament and Pro-Am Coordinator

  • Martha Autry - Director of Volunteers, Charity & Events

  • Scott Auker - Corporate Partnerships Director

  • Chad Walser - Corporate Partnerships Associate

  • Bryan Robinson -Partnerships Associate and Fulfillment Coordinator