YMCA Honors Visionary Leaders

Judy Bright and Greg Poole
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Strong relationships are the genius of our YMCA. For 160 years, visionary YMCA leaders have challenged us to serve our community and expand service when possible to new communities. 
Two of those leaders are Judy Bright and Greg Poole, who were each honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the YMCA of the Triangle’s Annual Celebration. 

Judy Bright

Judy’s career started at Camp Seafarer and extended to oversee various YMCA departments including executive vice president of the YMCA of the Triangle. A great relationship builder, one of the highlights of her tenure includes the launch of the Annual We Build People Campaign in 1993.

“It would be hard to find an area of our YMCA’s operation that Judy has not touched,” said Doug McMillan, YMCA of the Triangle CEO. “Judy’s knowledge and understanding of the Y and Camps is encyclopedic. Beyond her professional accomplishments, her relationships are her most valuable contribution to our Y.”

YMCA staff, donors, volunteers and nonprofit leaders from around the Triangle continue to rely on Judy’s skills and wisdom today. 

Gregory Poole

Gregory Poole, Jr.’s personal mission is clear – to make the Triangle a better place to live for all our neighbors.
“I have always appreciated Greg’s vision, and his gracious, humble, determined leadership,” said McMillan. “He is willing to be the voice for change and improvement.”
As a business leader, Greg set the bar for business excellence in Raleigh and beyond through his leadership of the Gregory Poole Equipment Company. 
Throughout his life, Greg has served his community in many ways and has earned much recognition. Some of his greatest contributions have been through the YMCA of the Triangle. In 1988, Greg co-chaired the Y’s Capital Campaign to build the A.E. Finley YMCA and the Taylor Family YMCA (former Cary Family YMCA). In 1993, he served as chairman of the first YMCA We Build People Annual Campaign and held that position for a two-year term. His leadership and tenacity set the pace for all leaders who have followed. Greg served as the first chair of the YMCA of the Triangle’s Board of Trustees where he still serves today.