Director of Corporate Partnershipsbwilkie@gocheckers.com | (704) 444-1872
Wilkie, who joined the Checkers in 2013 as director of corporate sponsorships, is no stranger to the sports world. Prior to joining the Checkers, he worked for the Carolina Hurricanes, Orlando Magic and International Speedway Corporation, working primarily in business development and key account management roles. Buzz has worked alongside many large companies including Coca-Cola, Toyota, General Mills, Texas Instruments and Black and Decker, helping them develop strategies to activate their sponsorships within NASCAR, NHL and the NBA.
He is a very passionate sports fan and loves the Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox, Carolina Hurricanes and, of course, the Charlotte Checkers. Buzz resides in Huntersville, N.C. with his wife Kristin, two boys, Braden and Bennett, and his 15-year-old pug, Cosmo.
|Hometown||Good question. I have lived in eight different states in my life, five before I turned 16. Can't say I really have a town I would call home, but Charlotte is awesome!!|
|College and major||Elon University (THE Real U) - Corporate Communications/Business|
|As a kid, you dreamed of becoming:||A professional athlete, until I realized at about 15 that was never going to happen, so I decided on the next best thing, selling and marketing, what I love|
|Name one thing on your bucket list||To be a part of a championship-winning team!|
|Favorite food||My mother's spare ribs and my grandmother's homemade chicken|
|Favorite movie||“Remember the Titans,” “Hoosiers,” and “Miracle"|
|Favorite pro/college sports team||Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox, Carolina Hurricanes and the Charlotte Checkers|
|Favorite type of music||I like all music|
|Favorite band||Well since I like all music, I can't really say I have a favorite, but I do love the 80's!!|
|Favorite book||Anything Sports Marketing related. I love learning new ideas from other people.|
|Fun fact||I have traveled to 40 of the 50 states in the U.S. and 15 international countries|