Martin Truex Jr., President

Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, joined NASCAR’s top-tier Sprint Cup Series as a full time competitor in 2006 after winning back-to-back season titles in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.Truex has been one of NASCAR’s blue chip Cup drivers, qualifying for the post-season Chase playoffs four times (including 2016). He advanced to the final four championship round during the 2015 Chase.The 36-year-old driver holds multiple records including the closest 2nd place finish to the leader during the 2016 Daytona 500 and scored one of NASCAR’s most dominating victories in May 2016 when he led 392 of 400 laps and a record 588 miles in the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.A native of Mayetta, New Jersey and an avid Philadelphia sports fan, Truex grew up around stock car racing. His father, Martin Truex Sr., raced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in the 1990s.Truex Jr. and his girlfriend Sherry Pollex created the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for childhood and ovarian cancer.

Sherry Pollex, Vice-President

Sherry Pollex became a champion for survivors of cancer when she and longtime boyfriend and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr. established the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. At 35, Sherry was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer and doctors estimated that her chance of survival was less than 30% within 5 years. She underwent a radical hysterectomy, debulking surgery and 17 months of chemotherapy. For her 37th birthday, she launched SherryStrong.org to empower women to know their bodies, recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer and learn how integrative and holistic practices may complement conventional medicine

John Hondros, Treasurer

Sports and Entertainment Banking Division for SunTrust Banks, Inc.

John P. Hondros, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and graduate of Elon University, is armed with the intimate knowledge of understanding the complex financial challenges of the professional athlete, making him the ideal candidate to open Charlotte, North Carolina’s Sports and Entertainment Banking Division for SunTrust Banks, Inc. in 2004.Immersed in the culture of motorsports. John serves as a reliable financial guide, providing his clients with a wide range of solutions to achieve financial success. His relationship oriented attitude, along with his commitment to “speak the language” of his clients, has proven successful as he manages an everyday banking position as well as the portfolios of 500+ Sports & Entertainment private wealth management clients.

John’s mission to serve his clients does not stop at the financial level.  He also serves on the board of several organizations.  Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, The Greg Biffle Foundation, Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation, Host Committee for the Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship, a board member of the North Carolina Motorsports Association, Richard Petty’s Family Office Group and he also served as co-chair for Sound & Speed in 2007.

At 41, John brings over 18 years of superior service and the experience of managing the financial goals of an assortment of athletes and entertainers including NFL players, NBA players, professional golfers, NASCAR drivers, owners and crew chiefs, as well as musicians.  Above all else, John understands the desire for confidentiality while helping his clients enjoy their wealth throughout their lifetime.

John is married to Brooke and they have two children John Peter 12 and Jacob 10. They live in Cornelius, NC.

Leigh Yarbrough, Secretary

Director in Human Resources for Reynolds American Services Company in Winston Salem, NC.

Leigh has over 35 years of experience in operations, supply chain planning and human resources with the Company.  Leigh has been an a sponsor of Catwalk for a Cause for the past 3 years and was named to the Board of Directors for the Martin Truex, Jr. Foundation in January 2017.  Leigh has been a long term member of the Leadership Circle for United Way of Forsyth County and joined the Tocqueville Society of United Way in 2014.  She is an annual sponsor of Bosom Buddies on the Davidson College Campus with Connor House, which advocates for an earlier breast cancer detection and has been involved with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte for a number of years.  Leigh is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.Leigh and her longtime boyfriend, Ricky Jones, reside in Mooresville, NC.  Leigh has a son John Eric, who owns Dogwood CrossFit in Huntersville, NC and a daughter, Courtney, who is a R.N. in the Cancer Center at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC.  Leigh also has a grandson, Riot Hurt.

Stoke Caldwell

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, PA

Stokely’s vast legal experience includes representation of professional race car drivers, teams, sponsors, sanctioning bodies and other industry entities; representation of entertainment entities in television, film and live entertainment; representation of sponsors in major arrangements with MLB teams, NFL teams, NBA teams, and NASCAR and NASCAR teams; and representation of a theme park company in its licensing and entertainment activities. Stokely has worked with Martin Truex, Jr. for a number of years as legal counsel, as well as many other drivers, teams, sponsors, agents and foundations.  Stokely also has an extensive background with general corporate matters, financing arrangements and mergers and acquisitions.

EDUCATION

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1986, Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif; John W. Davis Award for the Highest Academic Average (1st  in his class); Note and Comment Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1985-86
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., 1978

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2004; Sports & Entertainment Law Section, Chairman, 2003; Personnel Committee; Development Committee, Chairman, 2017
  • Sports Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2004-17
  • The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), Co-Founder

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Martin Truex, Jr. Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Dale Jr. Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Kevin Harvick Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Dale Jarrett Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund Annual Awards of Excellence, Charlotte Dinner Committee, 2008-14
  • Charlotte Preschool Partnership, Chairman 2004
  • Lakewood Preschool Cooperative, Board of Directors, 2000-06, Chairman, 2003
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness, Committee Member
  • Queens University, Board of Visitors, 2014-17

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • The Racing Attorney ConferenceTRAC Star Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in motorsports law, 2014
  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, banking and finance, entertainment – motion pictures and television, sports law, 2003-17
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, entertainment & sports, 2006-17
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star, 2013-17
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, banking & finance, 2006-12
  • Charlotte Observer, NASCAR’s Top 20 Most Influential Individuals, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Sandy Plemmons

Sandy is the former Executive Director for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation having retired from business life in February 2017.  Sandy spent four years at the helm of the foundation building relationships and driving for awareness and funding to support the mission.  She still believes so passionately about the work that needs to be done,  she gratefully joined the board.

Her early career highlights are based around corporate marketing and advertising with both small boutique shops as well as nearly 10 years with Lowe’s Companies in their corporate marketing department.

Sandy earned her 200hr. registered yoga teacher training certification in October 2016 and now spends her days teaching yoga.

She lives in Mooresville, NC with her husband.  Their combined 5 children are all adults scattered everywhere and their only grandchild resides in Colorado Springs, Co.

Dr. Matthew McDonald

Dr. Matthew McDonald is a fellowship trained GYN Oncologist and currently serves as the Physician Oncology lead for the Greater Charlotte market at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1997, completed his residency in 2001, fellowship in 2008, and has been in practice with Novant Health for 9+years.  In 2017 he was recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctor” in Gynecologic Oncology and in 2016 he received “Best Doctor” under Top Physicians, selected by their peers.

Jeremy Scott

Senior Vice President with the District Policy Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, D.C.

Jeremy has nearly 20 years of experience in government relations, health care policy, and in representing and advancing legislative interests of non-profit, advocacy and health organizations. His clients include patient advocacy organizations and health professional organizations in the cancer space, including ovarian cancer. He provides these clients with strategic counsel on a variety of policy and advocacy issues including: advancing authorization legislation, securing federal appropriations support for programmatic funding increases, working with federal agencies on the implementation of legislation or proposed rules, conducting Capitol Hill advocacy and training events and implementing grassroots/grasstops campaigns.

Prior to joining the firm, Jeremy was the director of public policy for the national Tourette Syndrome Association, where he directed and managed the organization’s Washington, D.C., office. In addition, Jeremy worked as a legislative associate with Kinghorn & Associates, LLC, a government consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he served as an advocate/client counselor on behalf of various defense contractors and trade associations. Prior to that, Jeremy worked as a legislative correspondent and staff assistant for Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), focusing primarily on health issues related to managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, and appropriations.
Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree in history from Malone College and graduated magna cum laude from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in government. Jeremy was also the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ 2010 Harold Seidman Thesis Award for an outstanding thesis in the topic of policy and administration.

Jeremy and his wife, Ashley, reside in Arlington, VA, with their two daughters, Lauren and Claire.

Justin Marks

Founder and owner of The Dry Lake Group, a developer, and operator of motorsports businesses and owner of Larson Marks Racing.

A racer himself, Justin’s keen knowledge of auto racing has led him to build relationships in the sport and own race teams that deliver results for its partners.

Justin was born into an entrepreneurial household and has harbored the same spirit since a young age. Justin’s interest in business, mixed with his passion for racing, created a desire in him to form a career that combined both. From 1999-2004 Justin successfully balanced an education in Sports Marketing at the California State University while competing full-time for BMW of North America, LLC as one of a handful of factory-supported BMW drivers in the world.

Following college, Justin’s pursuits grew bigger on and off the track. He competed in numerous series including the Rolex Grand American Series, The American Le Mans Series, The ARCA Racing Series, and all 3 national touring divisions of NASCAR: The Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series. In 2009, Justin drove on the winning team of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT division.

Off the track, Justin’s company, The DryLake Group, opened KartSport North America, a leading importer and distributor of kart racing products to North America from Australia, China, Italy and the Czech Republic. In addition to a wide-ranging dealer network in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, KartSport North America’s racing team achieved wins and championships, including the 2010 eKartingNews Team of the Year, 2011 National Constructors Champions and 2013 SuperKarts USA SuperNationals Champions.

In 2009, The DryLake Group began the development of a world-class kart racing facility in Mooresville, N.C. Six months into operation, DryLake successfully negotiated a three-year naming rights agreement with GoPro, makers of the world’s most versatile cameras, to rename the facility as the GoPro Motorplex.

Justin also has partnered in several successful new venture investments that include real estate, human capital outsourcing, distilled spirits, e-commerce, and craft beer.

Justin has successfully attracted a number of companies to auto racing and implemented partnership programs for several corporations including Intel, Infineon, CROCS, Carmax, Construct Corps, and GoPro. In 2014, this included newly-formed Larson Marks Racing, a World of Outlaws sprint car team owned by Justin and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and driven by multi-series’ race winner Shane Stewart.

AMY MARKS DORNBUSCH

Proprietor and President of Gemstone Vineyard in Yountville, Napa

She oversees all operations, marketing and sales and works closely with the team to ensure the continued excellence of their Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux style wines. Amy is also General Partner of Willowtree Venture Fund, investing and consulting for early stage consumer companies focused around the CPG space in food and beverage. Prior to running the family owned wine business and establishing the consumer fund, Amy founded and operated a boutique catering business in New York City, which serviced the wedding, corporate and special event market through their onsite banquet hall and specialty prepared foods market. Amy currently sits on the boards of Brooklyn Brine, Sufferfest Beer Company and the V Foundation Wine Celebration. Amy brings her experience in creative development, program management, hospitality, food and wine and event production to the board of the Wine Celebration, which has raised over $80M and is committed to it’s enduring success in seeking a cure for cancer.