Charles P. Byrne
Award of Honor
Charles P. Byrne was born in Wake, Forest, North Carolina. He is the son of former New York Yankee pitcher, Thomas Joseph Byrne and Mary Susan Nichols Byrne, former Vice Chairman of Wake County School board. Byrne grew up playing on the local golf course where he started to learn self discipline, risk and reward. This is where his competitive nature began. His training and hard work paid off when he earned a scholarship to play golf at East Tennessee State University.
Byrne became a Buccaneer in 1977, and competed for four years under Coach Hal Morrison. While on the team, ETSU was ranked as high as twelfth in the nation. Byrne graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Recreation/Administration. During his time at ETSU, he met his wife Betsy, also a 1981 ETSU graduate.
After graduating Byrne moved back to the Wake Forest area and played golf professionally for two years, before starting a family. Byrne's competitive nature, work ethic, and sponsorship relationships helped him land his first sales job in the packaging and design industry.
Byrne has been involved with the packaging industry for over twenty-eight years. In 1984, He started his sales career in Greenville, South Carolina at South Carolina Box, a division of Pratt Industries. Soon after taking the job he became the sales representative for western North Carolina and east Tennessee region, a new territory for the company. He made Johnson City, Tennessee his family's home. Byrne generated profitable sales in the new territory and continued to increase sales for nine consecutive years. He held the most valued accounts from 1994 to 1996. In 1998, Byrne was given the Most Outstanding Performer award for Pratt Industries Container Division.
Byrne worked for sixteen years before landing a new job closer to home. In 2000, Lee Shilto, CEO and president at Triad Packaging Design and Display in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia hired Byrne. He has been the regional sales manager for over eleven years for the company. Since joining the Triad team, Byrne has been a member of the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters.
Byrne has served the community in many ways. He has been a volunteer coach for many of surrounding youth programs, which include: Boy's and Girl's Club, Little League Baseball, Johnson City Babe Ruth Baseball, and Fall Topper Baseball. He served on the board of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. Byrne is an active member at St. John's Episcopal Church. He is currently serving as the Tournament Chairman of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at the Blackthorn Golf and Country Club. Byrne enjoys ETSU Athletics and has been a member of the Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association for over twenty-five years. His wife Betsy currently sits on the BASA board.
Byrne and his wife have been married for thirty years. The two have four children, Shane, Rhett, Tara, and Chas. The family has great pride in East Tennessee State University and has carried on a family tradition. Shane, former ETSU baseball player and Arizona Diamondbacks draftee, graduated in 2006 with a business degree. He is working as a sales consultant for Synthes Orthopedics and now resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Alexandra Schwark Byrne, also an ETSU graduate. Rhett received a finance degree from University of Tennessee before returning to ETSU. He is currently in his second year in the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, serving as the class president. He resides in Gray, Tennessee with his wife, Abbigale Mucha Byrne. Tara, former ETSU tennis player, graduated in 2009 with a business degree and received her MBA from ETSU in 2011. She is currently working a BASA recruiter for ETSU Athletics. Chas, former ETSU baseball player and Kansas City Royals draftee, is currently in the minor league system and working on his degree in Sports Management.