Antonio B. Boyd has been a drum corps enthusiast his entire life! Serving on the Carolina Crown Board of Directors is a dream come true! Antonio served as the Commander of his High School Jr. ROTC Drum and Bugle Corps and became addicted to the activity after watching his hometown Drum Corps The Cavaliers. Antonio received his B. A. in Communication and Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He attended Webster University for his Master’s Degree in Management and the Management Academy of Public Health at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Keenan-Flagler School of Business. He is a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow at Furman University. Antonio is President and CEO of the Think Tank Consulting Group, LLC. Antonio serves on the Board of the United Way Association of South Carolina. He is on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Non Profit Organizations and Executives, and on the Board of Advisors at South University in Columbia, SC. He previously served as Chairman of Board of the South Carolina Association of Non Profits and as a South Carolina State Commissioner for Volunteer Service. He is an Adjunct Member of the Faculty of the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Eastern University, in the School of Leadership Development. Antonio is married to Dr. Audrey Rhodes Boyd, a Family Physician. They have one son Justin Boyd, daughter in law Tiffany, and three grandchildren Justin, Jr., Taylin, and Jace.
Chris Buck is from Columbia, SC and began his drum corps career performing with the Garfield Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (88-90) playing baritone and serving as drum major. He graduated from the University of South Carolina 1992 with a B.S. of Electrical Engineering before starting a small business in 1995. Chris has worked with countless high school band programs, focusing primarily on visual technique, but also working with drum majors and student leaders. His groups include state champions as well as Bands of America Regional and National Finalists. Chris has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including the Elder Board for his local church as well as homeowner associations (HOAs) for investment property. Chris recently performed at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic with the Palmetto Concert Band in Chicago, IL. He also performs with another local community band, the Carolina Wind Symphony, and serves as President of the Board. Chris & Caroline sponsored and coordinated the Columbia, SC drum corps show for 12 years. Chris now administrates CrownBEAT, Carolina Crown’s newest drum corps show located in Columbia, SC. Chris & Caroline have two children, Aaron and Anna. Both are active in the marching arts, and Aaron will be performing his third year of drum corps with Carolina Crown in 2017.
Bob Campau began marching in 1966 with the Fort Dodge, Iowa Lanciers. He joined the Blue Stars in 1969 as a snare drummer and through 1973, enjoyed several major titles including World Open, CYO, with a 2nd place finish at DCI’s first international championship in 1972. Upon his age-out, he completed his formal education with a business degree, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Until he could "find a real job", Bob then went to work on a night-shift at 7-Eleven and as he puts it, "fell in love with the business". After three years and multiple positions, he joined Circle K/Alimentation Couche-Tard in 1979 where he spent 32 years until his retirement in 2011. During his tenure, the chain grew from 920 to 8,435 stores, the second largest independently owned convenience store chain in North America. His responsibilities were multi-faceted over the years, including Store Manager, Zone Manager, Division Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Organizational Development, Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President, and Office of the President. Upon retirement, Bob returned to the Blue Stars functioning as a member of the Executive Committee and Vice President, Board of Directors. Along with his wife Cheryl of 29 years, they have five children and six grandchildren, all but one living in the Charlotte, NC vicinity. With their primary residence in Phoenix, Arizona, Bob & Cheryl are extremely proud & excited to be part of the Crown organization because, as Bob puts it, "we have the very best of both our favorite worlds when we visit Charlotte...our loving family, and the thrill of Performing Arts at its very finest!"
Toby Cummings was introduced to the activity of drum corps as a freshman in high school watching old DCI tapes in his Hastings Nebraska band director’s office during study hall. He then auditioned and marched in 1984 and 85 with the Crimson Cadets out of Norfolk Nebraska playing a show centered on Jethro Tull's Aqualung. Toby graduated with a B.S. in music education from Missouri Western State University and graduate studies in Adult and Continuing Education at Kansas State. He worked in higher education in New Mexico and Missouri from 1991-97. In 1997 Toby left higher education and entered the world of association management. He spent seven years in Grand Junction, Colorado followed by five years in Dallas, Texas, and finally six years in Livermore, California as the President and CEO of various chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Toby became a Certified Association Executive in 2005 with his CAE credential from the American Society of Association Executives. During his past 20 years in nonprofit management work he has served on various boards and governing bodies of nonprofits. He recently completed five years on the Board of Directors for the Concord Blue Devils and was serving as their Vice President when he relocated to South Carolina in 2014. Today, Toby is the Executive Director of the National Association for Campus Activities based in Columbia, South Carolina. Toby is blessed to have his wife of 17 years, Danielle, and his son, Keagan, who is a sophomore at Chapin High School, support his time in volunteer service. Toby is an active participant on the worship team at East Lake Community Church in Irmo and enjoys his free time in the boat on Lake Murray, out in their RV in a campground, shooting sports or road biking the not so wide and biker friendly rural roads of South Carolina.
Bill Loelius was born and raised in Secaucus, NJ until a job transfer brought him to Charlotte in 1986. While in NJ he marched in the percussion sections (tympani, quad, and snare) of the Meadowlarks from 1972-1976 and the Royal Brigade from 1977-1980. Bill holds BBA and MBA degrees from Montreat College, and he has a diversified business background in sales, marketing, management, procedural auditing, and financial analysis. Bill is currently Vice President of Business Development for Cube Six Inc., developers of ServMan Software. His professional background includes several years as a principal partner in Receivables Outsource Solutions LLC and 23 years with The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation where he was responsible for managing D&B operations in the Carolinas for over 10 years. Bill is also an adjunct professor at Strayer University and Montreat College. His teaching background includes various courses in business administration, credit & collections, marketing and strategic management—both in the traditional classroom and online. He has also created and presented a number of continuing education classes in credit and finance for the Institute of Management Accountants. Bill has been active in many business and public service organizations over his career including TA5, Turnaround Management Association, National Funding Association, Charlotte Economics Club, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council, and a past president of both the Piedmont Credit Professionals Association (2002-03) and Greater Greenville Credit & Finance Association (2004-05). Bill is also the percussionist for NC recording artist, Stevens Mill. Bill is married to Kathie and has three sons (Billy, Luke, and Max). Bill was one of the founders of the Charlotte Drum Corps Association (which we all know today as Carolina Crown Inc) and he has been a continual board member since the organization was formed in 1988. Bill has served as president of the organization for a total of 16 years; from its first year in 1988 through 1994, again in 1996, and 2002-2009. Bill was inducted into the Crown Hall of Fame in 2016.
Doug Madar recently retired after a career in retail at both the corporate and local levels. He has two grown children, one of whom, Jeff, was a charter member of Carolina Crown. He is also a very proud grandfather. Doug was the original chair of Crown’s premier event, NightBEAT, a position he held for over 25 year. He was also a highly regarded member of the DCI Tour Event Partners Advisory Committee. Doug was also honored, along with former board member Carol Srdar, as a 2001 DCI Volunteer of the Year. In 2015, Doug was inducted as a charter member of the Crown Hall of Fame. He was unanimously elected as “Director Emeritus” of the Board in 2015 at the conclusion of his 28th continuous year on the Board.
Steve Miller is a native of York, SC and is a graduate of York High School where he performed as lead and solo trumpet with the marching, concert, and Jazz bands. Steve received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mars Hill University as a trumpet major and performed with in the marching, concert, and jazz programs. Upon graduation Steve, served as the assistant band director with the Madison-Mayodan City Schools where he taught elementary, and junior high school band, high school jazz band, high school chorus and assisted with the high school marching and concert bands, in addition to teaching on the community college level. He received his Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon leaving the field of education, Steve served as a North Carolina State Probation/Parole Officer then received his appointment as a United States Probation Officer. During his tenure, he graduated from the Leadership Development Program of the Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C. He retired as a Supervisory United States Probation Officer in 2008 and is currently self-employed as a federal criminal defense consultant and private investigator. Steve currently performs with his church vocal ensemble and the Choral Society of Greensboro. Prior to his election to the CrownBOARD, Steve served on Crown’s advisory council. In addition to the CrownBOARD, Steve also serves on the board of directors in the North Carolina Brass Band, a professional ensemble based in the Triad region of the state.
Don Rawlins was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and attended high school in Paris, Tennessee. In the early 1980s, he was a member of the French horn line of the Memphis Blues Brass Band, a drum and bugle corps, which achieved the highest ranking at the DCI championships for a first year drum corps in 1980. He received a BBA from the University of Memphis, and a law degree from American University in Washington, DC. He has been an attorney for over 25 years, 14 of which were spent with AutoZone, Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. His legal specialties include securities law, mergers and acquisitions, finance, corporate governance, and commercial transactions. Don lives with his wife, Kiley, in Dallas, Texas.
Jim Scooler was born in Charleston, SC but as an “Air Force brat” moved a lot growing up. He had the privilege to remain in one location in O’Fallon, IL during his formative high school years where he met fellow band geek and his future wife, Kiersten. They passed on their love of the marching arts to their three daughters—Sydney, Erin, and Caroline—two of which are current marching members of Carolina Crown. Both Jim and Kiersten have been active members of TeamCROWN since 2013. Jim attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1989 with a BS in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, and then moved with his new bride to Seattle, WA to join the Boeing Company. Jim enjoyed a rewarding career at Boeing, where he contributed to the development of the Boeing 777 and 787. During his tenure at Boeing, he received an MBA from the University of Washington with a focus on the management of technology and innovation. In 2008, Jim brought his family back to the Low Country and joined Gulfstream Aerospace of Savannah, Georgia as Flight Sciences Engineering Manager. He is currently Director of Engineering, working on Gulfstream’s next generation of business jets. Jim works passionately as a mentor and developer of high potential individuals, teaches leadership principles and competencies, and is a committed champion of diversity and inclusion. He also is an active member of Spirit of Peace Lutheran church, a church he and Kiersten helped establish in Richmond Hill, GA.
Kevin Smith started his drum corps career at age 8, marching 13 years on soprano bugle in his hometown corps on Long Island. Being in corps was a family affair, as his father was the director, his mother volunteered and both of his brothers marched. After “aging out” Kevin taught the corps' brass line for several years. In 1977, Kevin graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Civil Engineering. While teaching the corps that summer, Kevin and his wife Moe, whom he met years earlier marching in the corps, were married in the middle of her "age-out" season. When Kevin's father retired as director, Kevin took over for a year until being transferred out of state by his employer. Kevin and Moe later transferred to Charlotte, and got involved with the start-up of what is now Carolina Crown Inc. In late 1989, Kevin became the brand new Carolina Crown's "interim" director, and continues as a key corps administrator to this day as well as being the President of the Carolina Crown Board of Directors. Moe has worked for Crown as the corps' office manager since 1997, and volunteered many of her "off-hours" over the years sewing flags, working fundraisers, and doing whatever else needed to be done. Kevin and Moe have two grown daughters, Danielle and Nicki, neither of which marched as competitive swimming was their drum corps. Kevin was awarded Drum Corps International's (DCI) Volunteer of the Year award in 1998, was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2014, and is a charter member of the Crown Hall of Fame.
Brian Walsh was a Navy brat, moving every 3-4 years, generally bouncing from a beach somewhere to the Washington, DC metro area. He was a marching member of the Crossmen when they were still domiciled in the Northeast. This led him to the position of Director of Corps Operations for YEA! in the mid-1990’s, serving under both Jim Coates and George Hopkins. He eventually relocated to the San Francisco Bay area where he was Director of Engineering and Product for Three Deep. He later became Founder and CEO of Castfire, a multimedia content management system startup. When Castfire was acquired in August of 2012 he became CEO of CodeScience, a leading consultancy on the Salesforce platform. In addition, he is a mentor at 500 Startups in Silicon Valley, mentoring Product Managers and CEOs. In his spare time he loves playing with his two sons, Finn and Pax, and relaxing with his wife Molly. He loves to unwind by cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Charles Wilkerson is a native of Charlotte, NC. He is the President of Steele Creek Printing & Design Inc. Charles has been involved with Crown since 1997 when his son (Matt) marched in the Contra line. He has helped out wherever he could through the years, most notably serving on the CrownEVENTS committee. He has also served on the Advisory Council, Governance Committee, Finance Committee, and Marketing Committee. He was a very active with the Olympic High School Band (a Crown Partnership in Education band) serving as past booster President, VP and Treasurer. He also held the position as Chairman of the Trojan Classic a Marching Band contest hosted by Olympic High School. Charles also serves on Arrowood Business Association Board of Directors. He has also served on the SW Chapter Board of the Charlotte Chamber. He is an Elder at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, and past President of the Men’s Group there. Charles is heavily involved with educational outreach in the Steele Creek Community through his involvement with the Alignment SW Charlotte initiative. He doesn’t play a musical instrument or twirl a flag but has a great respect for those that do. Charles is married to Pam (38 years) they have two sons Matt and Stephen with three Grand Puppies.
Jim Williams lives with his wife Andrea and two sons, Alex and Chris, in Clemmons, North Carolina. Their oldest child Katarina (and Jim’s traveling corps buddy) is married and employed as an elementary school teacher in Anderson, South Carolina. Jim’s enthusiasm for the activity began while attending a drum corps show at a local high school where he grew up in Pennsylvania back in the early 80’s. Jim marched for a brief time as a snare drummer, last with the Rhode Island Matadors while attending college at Johnson and Wales University. Jim’s career has been in the hotel business where he has worked in various roles namely as General Manager and in multi-property capacities with different brands and management companies. Jim joined the Crown organization in 2009 as an Advisory Board member and today serves the organization on the Board of Director’s and as Producer of NightBEAT: Tour of Champions. This, while working alongside some great people through the development of Crown’s most-recent initiative, CrownCARES. Driving Jim at Crown is the relentless pursuit toward the organizational mission of “Developing Lifelong Excellence in Young People!”