Bill Pollock, President
Bill is a retired salesman of Employee Benefits for Oswald, Trippe & Co. He has coached youth basketball and baseball teams in Fort Myers. He is a member of Rotary International, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of Fort Myers Rotary South. He was instrumental in developing Rotary South’s Lee County Scholar Athlete Award Program and was Chairman the first two years, 1987 and 1988.
Bill grew up in Webster Groves, MO, and was a two-year varsity basketball and three-year varsity baseball letterman at Webster Groves High School (Class of 1958). He will be inducted into the Webster Groves High School Sports Hall of Fame in January, 2017.
Bill graduated from DePauw University in 1962, with a B.A. degree in Economics. He and his wife, Jackie, have a son, John Pollock, a daughter, Pam Davis, two grandsons, Coley and Chris Davis, and two granddaughters, Paige and Mallory Pollock.
He became involved with the basketball tournament in 1985. In 1991, he formed the non-profit, Classic Basketball, Inc. to create a structure by which the tournament would have a sound financial future. In the ensuing years, Bill, Donnie Wilkie and a Board of Directors have made the City of Palms Classic what it is today!
Donnie Wilkie, Vice President
Donnie is responsible for the naming of the City of Palms Classic and its national concept – evaluating, recruiting and select- ing the tournament’s participants each year since 1985. He is a proud member of the Boys’ National Selection Committee for the McDonald’s All-American Game. He spent 16 years as a sportswriter and page designer for the Fort Myers News-Press, is currently a free-lance sportswriter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and compiles, writes and designs much of this souvenir program. Donnie founded the Charlotte Suns travel basketball program and, for nearly a decade, ran USSSA tournaments that attracted nearly 200 teams each spring. He has one son, Michael, 25, who played for Charlotte High School in the 2005 and 2006 City of Palms Classics.
John Naylor, Executive Director
Forty-five years of experience in all aspects of the resort industry led John to seek the challenges of managing the Culligan City of Palms Classic. A graduate of Northwestern University, John moved to Fort Myers in 1991, where he managed the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina and the Sandpiper Gulf Resort on Fort Myers Beach. John currently has a hospitality management consulting business. A Certified Hotel Administrator since 1982, John also has a Florida CAM and Real Estate Associate license.
John serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and Lee County Hotel Association, and is on the advisory board for FGCU’s Resort Hospitality Management program. In 2013, John was honored as an official member of the “Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Junonia Club” by the Visitor and Convention Bureau for commitment and dedication to the county’s tourism industry. He was a founding member of the Lee County Sports Organizing Committee in 1992. He and his wife, Mary Gail, live in south Lee County.
Steven R. “Rusty” Whitley, CPA
Rusty is a founding member of Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, PA, a full-service accounting firm offering a comprehensive range of business and personal accounting services. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).
He has a strong community commitment and contributes time and expertise to a range of organizations and charitable groups. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Treasurer of Classic Basketball Inc., and The Stetson University Family Enterprise Center Board of Advisors. He is 2016-2017 President of the Southwest Florida Speakers Assembly. Rusty was named Distinguished Citizen of the year by the Southwest Florida Council of Boy Scouts in 2005 and was named an Honorary Lifetime member of the Uncommon Friends Foundation in 2007
Fred retired from General Motors Acceptance Corporation (Ally Financial) in 2008. He serves as an Elder of the Gulf Coast Church of Christ. He is a board member of Lifeline Family Center, Inc. and Good Wheels, Inc. where he serves as treasurer. He is chairman of the Kappa Alpha Psi Educational Foundation for the Fort Myers Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Fred received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Savannah State University in 1973. He and his wife, Joanne, moved to Fort Myers area in 1986. He coordinates the City of Palms Classic's liaisons, who provide assistance and hospitality to visiting tournament teams. They have three children (Keren, Frederick, Jr., and Joseph) and three grandchildren (Chelsea, Gianna and Ryder)
Brad, who coordinates the City of Palms Classic’s ball boy program, is a native of Fort Myers, graduating from Bishop Verot High School in 1999 and the University of Richmond in 2003. He is a Certified Public Accountant and partner with Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, P.A.
Brad and his wife Melissa have two daughters, Madison & Peyton.
Pete – a long-time fan of the City of Palms Classic before he joined the board – is a local attorney and past President of Rotary Club of Fort Myers South. and Governor of District 6960. Pete and his wife Cyndi raised their five children in Fort Myers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (pre-Patrick Ewing) and Florida State College of Law.
Originally with Lee Memorial Hospital, Dwight started Taylor Rental in Cape Coral in 1981. Since selling the business in 1992, he was a volunteer for several years at Bishop Verot High School in its Development Department, and worked with Classic Basketball, Inc., in 1993 to help develop the gymnasium complex that has housed the City of Palms Classic since 1994. He has been active in the North Fort Myers Rotary for more than 39 years. He was raised in Miami and graduated from Georgia Tech. He and his wife, Roberta (Missy), have been married for 44 years and they have two daughters (Joyce and Alison) who graduated from Bishop Verot High School.
Richard E. Krichbaum, CFP®
Rick is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP ® )and is the managing member of Marquis Wealth Management Group. Rick served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Lee County (1990-2007), the Bishop Verot High School Foundation board and the Board of Directors for Cypress Lake Country Club. Rick is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Lee County, and the Financial Planning Association of Southwest Florida. Rick was active in South Fort Myers Little League Baseball as a team manager and as board member for 10 years, also serving on the SFM Little League Board of Directors. Rick and his wife of 40 years, Cathy, reside in Fort Myers. They have three adult children, Casey, Jamie and Tyler.
Trevor is a partner and financial advisor with Marquis Wealth Management Group in Fort Myers. He holds a B.B.A with dual majors in Finance and Family Business from Stetson University’s School of Business Administration in DeLand, FL. The Fort Myers native is active in the community, and currently serves on both the Finance Committee and the Endowment Fund Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. Trevor also serves on the Board of Advisors to the Stetson University Family Enterprise Center, and is Secretary of the Planned Giving Council of Lee County.
Skip retired from the United States Postal Service, where he served as a letter carrier for more than 27 years. He is also a licensed real estate salesperson and runs Skis Enterprises. He has served in various positions with the Bishop Verot High School Athletic Boosters, including as Vice President. Skip is also involved in several political campaigns and in many community activities. Skip has been involved with Classic Basketball, Inc., for about 30 years. He and his wife, Iris, have two married sons, Malcolm (Bishop Verot- Class of ’99) and Kyle (Bishop Verot-Class of 2001), as well as two granddaughters.
Justin received his law degree from the University of Florida Law School and bachelors degree from the University of West Florida. He has been practicing in Southwest Florida since 2007. Justin currently practices with the law firm Grant Fridkin Pearson, PA He devotes his legal practice to litigating civil matters within his firm’s Commercial Litigation Group, including business litigation, real estate litigation and construction litigation.
John M. Pollock, CIC
John Pollock is a regional insurance president with McGriff Insurance Services with leadership responsibilities for Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. As one of four regional insurance presidents nationwide, Pollock is a member of the executive committee of BB&T Insurance Services which is ranked as the fifth largest insurance broker in the nation and the sixth largest in the world.
John is very committed to serving his community and industry where he has held several leadership positions. Locally, John serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Lee County, the Advisory Council for Florida Gulf Coast University's Lutgert College of Business, and is a member of the Florida Council of 100.