Will serve in newly created position of Executive Vice President
GLENVIEW, Ill. – Bill Kingore, the WGA’s Senior Vice President of Development and Strategy, has been named Executive Vice President, a newly created position that will help WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski lead the organization’s long-term planning efforts.
Kingore, who joined the WGA and ESF in January 2011, currently oversees development and fundraising efforts, as well as strategic initiatives. He worked with Kaczkowski to develop strategy for creation of the organization’s long-range plan, which sets the stage for organizational growth over the next decade, including increasing the number of Evans Scholars in school by 50 percent and doubling the number of youth caddie opportunities nationwide.
In his new role, Kingore will now oversee WGA Director development relations and development of caddie programs and career services, in addition to leading fundraising and strategy efforts.
“Bill has provided tremendous guidance and leadership in helping create a roadmap for the future of our organization,” Kaczkowski said, “and there’s no one better suited to help us achieve these ambitious goals over the next decade.”
The long-range plan, which was recently approved by the organization’s Board of Governors, includes specific goals for 2030 set in each of the organization’s major areas of expertise – championships, scholarships and youth caddies. It is comprised of eight individual ambition statements, including supporting 1,500 Evans Scholars living in community at leading universities nationwide, doubling the number and diversifying the mix of youth caddie opportunities and building a more diverse staff and volunteer leadership.
Other goals include increasing giving rates among Alumni, better preparing graduates for their professional careers, and more closely integrating the organization’s championships and Evans Scholars Program. The goals will be complete by 2030 to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the first two students receiving the Evans Scholarship in 1930.
“I am honored and gratified to be able to help lead the WGA and ESF into its next stage of growth, as we work to introduce as many young people as possible to the life-changing opportunities of caddying and the Evans Scholarship,” Kingore said. “Over the next decade, we will focus on building relationships with new partners, including clubs, universities, allied organizations and other caddie scholarship programs. We will continue to fortify youth caddie opportunities in existing markets while working to create new opportunities for young people to caddie and apply for the Evans Scholarship in new geographic markets, including the East Coast. To achieve our ambition goals, our WGA Directors will play a critical role in bolstering our efforts in the areas of fundraising, and caddie and Scholar development.”
In 2011, Kingore initiated and managed the Evans Scholars Foundation’s first-ever major gifts campaign, the Match Play Challenge, which has helped transform the scope of the organization. He also is overseeing the organization’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Kingore previously served as a volunteer WGA Director from 2005-2010 and was a member of the organization’s Board of Governors, chairing the Endowment & Fundraising Committee. A graduate of Marquette University, he is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Beverly Country Club and the Union League Club of Chicago. Kingore began his business career at Goldman Sachs & Co in 1982 and held roles of increasing responsibility at other leading global financial services concerns.