TRIP DURHAM | Executive Director
At 14, Trip was a varsity baseball manager at Williams High School in Burlington. Thus began what he affectionately calls his “sports life.” As the third Executive Director of the NC Sports Hall of Fame, Trip has built an incredible resume of resources, experience, and know-how. Through his work in minor league baseball, college athletics, and his own consulting business during the most protracted recession in US history, he works daily to make this Hall of Fame a true treasure for the Old North State.
JULIE LAWHON | Deputy Executive Director
Raised in Savannah, GA, Julie attended College in Charleston at Johnson & Wales, and after two years, she relocated to Las Vegas, NV to finish school and start a career in food and beverage. Julie worked her way up from server to Regional Director of Recruiting & Training with 79 restaurants under her. Upon moving to North Carolina, Julie returned to Johnson & Wales, Charlotte for Sports Management. She has helped facilitate several swimming events at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from ACC Championships to Toyota U.S Opens. Julie has also facilitated NCAA Basketball and Soccer Tournaments as well as AAU Junior Olympics. She joined the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2021 and loves the opportunity to highlight stories from the past while encouraging the athletes and students of the future.
RICK STRUNK | Associate Director, Communications
Rick has worked with the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame since his retirement from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, where he was associate commissioner for 30 years. A 1975 graduate and Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, he worked at Lenoir-Rhyne University as sports information director and then director of public relations. Rick also spent time as sports information director at Furman University in Greenville, SC, and he has extensive radio and television experience. A member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame and North Carolina Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, Rick and his wife Nancy have three grown children, four grandchildren and reside in Carrboro, NC where they are very active in their church.
MEG EMRICH | Associate Director, Bookkeeping
Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, Meg grew up playing every sport time would allow before narrowing her focus to basketball and soccer. She has continued to play into her adult years, until her recent and first ever sports injuries sidelined her from lacing up. Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill she moved to Washington DC where she worked for three years managing speaker engagements with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Always knowing she wanted to end up back in Raleigh, she returned to her hometown to work with a local PR and Marketing agency before taking time off after having children. She re-entered the workforce 5 years ago with NCSHOF, and is thankful for the opportunity to be surrounded by the joy of sport again and to share the inspiring stories of the Hall.
ALAN ARMSTRONG | Associate Director, Special Events
Alan brings an executive background of marketing and association management to NCSHOF. Following a 30-year career with advertising agencies and consumer product companies where he executed marketing strategies that drove sustainable top-line growth and built global brand awareness, Alan pivoted to the not-for-profit world in 2004. His career since has engaged a focus on brand marketing, educational program development, and event management in legal, clinical research, insurance, and athletics. Alan is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and graduate of Lenior-Rhyne University.
STEVE GOWAN | Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships
A 30-year collegiate sports marketing veteran, Steve spent 22 years with Learfield in multiple leadership positions, most recently Senior Vice President, providing corporate-level management for the college sports properties in the eastern US. Earlier, he served as General Manager of the Learfield collegiate multi-media properties in Oregon and Oklahoma. Prior to his career at Learfield, Steve was part of the athletic administration leadership teams at both East Carolina University and the University of Missouri. He has also held on-air broadcast roles with the Tar Heel Sports Network (UNC-CH) and Pirate Sports Network (ECU). A Wallace, NC native, Steve is a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate.
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER
DR. JERRY MCGEE
NORA LYNN FINCH
immediate past president
WEBB DURHAM, III (“TRIP”)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE HON. JIM BEATY, JR.
RON GREEN, JR.
DR. INGRID WICKER MCCREE
JAMES M. O’BRIEN III
ALEXANDER P. “SANDY” SANDS III