Billboard consultant Don Wright was elected national president of the Exchange Clubs of America, becoming the third Murfreesboro member elected to lead the nationwide service club.
He was also one of only three members in the club's history to be elected from the floor of the convention, which was held in Chandler, Ariz.
Wright was elected after a run-off with Ray Carlson of California, who sought the position last year as well.
"I was approached by a couple of members who encouraged me to run from the floor, even though two candidates had been campaigning for months," he said. "I agreed and was pleasantly surprised to be elected."
"I had thought about running last year, but my dad had health issues and I felt my family held priority," he added.
Wright will remain president-elect until he takes office in July of 2013.
State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) served as national president from 1995 until 1996, and former State Rep. John Hood (D-Murfreesboro) was national president from 1979 until 1980 prior to his election to the Tennessee General Assembly.
Wright joined the Exchange Club of Murfreesboro in 1982 and served as past president of the Noon Exchange Club of Murfreesboro, and a past president of the Evening Exchange Club of Murfreesboro as well.
"My job is to bring enthusiasm to the work of the Exchange Club – the prevention of child abuse and promoting the core American values of country, community and family," he said. "We are 'American Made' – with chapters only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico – not an international service club."
Wright agreed it is unusual for multiple national Exchange presidents to originate from a chapter outside of a large American city such as Dallas or Atlanta, each of which have produced a few national presidents.
"I guess there's just something in the water in Murfreesboro," he said. "And of course, Bill (Ketron) and John (Hood) have provided our members great leadership and inspiration," Wright said.
The Exchange Clubs of Americas' national project is the prevention of child abuse.
Locally this is directed through the Exchange Club Family Center on Heritage Park Drive in Murfreesboro.