Billy RussoDirector of Operations
Billy Russo joined the Authority as a Director of Operations in January 2008. He grew up in Garner, NC. Billy graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management with a concentration in Operations and Facilities and a Master's Degree in Sport Administration. His previous experience includes a two year internship in athletic operations and facilities at Wake Forest University (2005-2007) where he worked with game day operations for football, men's basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer among other ACC sports. Also at Wake Forest Billy worked numerous athletic events including ACC and NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Tournaments, the 2005 NCAA Field Hockey Elite Eight, and was on the operations staff for the 2007 1st and 2nd round of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament in Winston-Salem, NC. He served as a recreation facility manager in the High Point University Recreation Center (2007) where he supervised student workers, as well as the gym, cardio room, and weight room.
Since joining the Authority Billy has recruited, directed, organized dozens of tournaments in multiple sports including the USA South Men's & Women's Championships. He took over as overall Director of the Smith River Sports Complex in April 2010.
Billy is married to the former Amanda Matthews. They have a son, Carson. They reside in Martinsville.
Amanda GrayDirector of Marketing
Patrick FranciscoFacilities Manager
Patrick Francisco joined the Authority in May 2010 as the Facility Manager and is a native of Henry County. He graduated from Virginia Tech with an Associate Degree in Turfgrass Management/Landscape Contracting. His previous experience includes serving as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendant at Winding Creek Golf Course for 12 years. He has also worked at Chatmoss Country Club for numerous years.
Patrick is the proud father of two daughters Alexis and Serena.