As the “mic man” who led cheers at home football games in 1978 and 1979, Ben Sutton Jr. (’80, JD ’83, P ’14, P ’16 and P ’19) was a widely recognized voice in Wake Forest sports. Today he continues to promote Demon Deacons athletics as Chairman Emeritus of IMG College, the largest collegiate sports marketing company in the nation. A graduate of both Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest School of Law, Mr. Sutton began his career at his alma mater, drawing national attention for helping to initiate the Atlantic Coast Conference collective marketing effort and for developing one of the most proactive sports marketing programs in the nation.
In 1992, Mr. Sutton founded ISP Sports. Over the next 18 years, he grew ISP from its first partnership with Wake Forest to more than 60 NCAA colleges and conferences. With this dramatic growth, ISP became the nation's leader in collegiate sports marketing and Sutton's innovations in cultivating and growing the value of collegiate sports multi-media assets became commonplace in the industry.
In 2010, Sutton helped lead the acquisition of ISP Sports by IMG Worldwide. The merger combined the nation's largest collegiate sports marketing company in ISP, with a strong stable of collegiate brands in IMG's existing college division to form not only the largest collegiate sports marketing company in America, but one of the biggest companies in all of sports business.
Sutton serves on numerous boards, including those for Wake Forest University, The Reagan Foundation, and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He and his family have been loyal supporters of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Athletics, contributing more than $20 million.
Sutton and his wife Sally live in Winston-Salem, N.C. and have two children, Addison (’14) and Trey, who is a freshman at Wake Forest.
Bob J. McCreary was born and raised in rural Caldwell County. Upon graduation from high school, Bob, the oldest of four sons, accepted a football scholarship to Wake Forest University. He lettered three years from 1958-60 as an offensive and defensive lineman.
A fifth round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1961 NFL Draft, McCreary moved to Dallas where he became a starter for the Cowboys in 1961.
After 20 years in furniture sales and manufacturing, McCreary and his wife Michele founded McCreary Modern in 1985, a company that employs over 800 people in six manufacturing facilities throughout Caldwell and Catawba Counties. His family approach to management resulted in gifting 30 percent of McCreary Modern to his employees.
McCreary has demonstrated his passion and commitment to the Demon Deacons by generously giving back to his alma mater. He was an original member of Wake Forest's Moricle Society and has contributed more than $20 million to a variety of projects including Deacon Tower and the video board at BB&T Field, which is named in honor of McCreary and the Class of 1961.
McCreary has served on the Wake Forest Board of Visitors and was twice named Deacon Club Member of the Year. He was awarded the Gene Hooks Achievement Award in 2008, a recognition given to former Wake Forest athletes who exhibit traits of integrity, charity, and leadership.
Bob and his wife Michele reside in Newton, North Carolina. Bob has two sons, Robert and Christian McCreary, who is deceased. Robert and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Cash and Kate and reside in Moorsville, North Carolina.
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