40 under 40 — Will Wright
Alpha Pi, 2003 — Recognized in: 2020
Will Wright is a dynamic leader who has strived to lead a life of excellence and service to others ever since joining Zeta Psi in the spring of 2000. With over 15 years of direct sales and management experience, his previous roles include Director of Chapter Operations, Director of Business Development, and Supplier Relationship Manager with a global Fortune 500 company. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland and works as Director of Corporate Accounts for Koenig, a leading manufacturer of commercial baking equipment whose U.S. CEO is none other than Rich Breeswine, former Executive Director of Zeta Psi and current member of the Grand Chapter Executive Committee.
Will’s educational background includes graduation from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management. During his time in Blacksburg he served as President of Zeta Psi’s Alpha Pi chapter for two terms and as President of the Interfraternity Council, after which he was honored by the university as the 2004 Greek Man of the Year and by Zeta Psi as a Phi Alpha Award recipient. Following graduation, he went on to continue his education through Zeta Psi’s Washington Scholars Fellowship Program by interning with the Reserve Officers Association on Capitol Hill, where he gained hands on experience within the public policy arena. He later earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Global Business from Virginia Commonwealth University while working full time.
In all facets of life Will has embodied Virginia Tech’s motto “Ut Prosim – That I May Serve” to the best of his ability. Prior to college he served as Chief of Nawakwa Lodge 3 in the Order of the Arrow, a service organization that is commonly referred to as scouting’s national honor society. He is a proud Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor recipient, and Founder’s Award recipient. He is also very involved in his local church, the Foundry, and previously served Area 10 Faith Community in Richmond as small group ministry coordinator, group leader, and member of the prayer team. An ardent supporter of the ALS Association, the only non-profit organization fighting ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) on every front, he formerly served on the Board of Directors for the DC/MD/VA chapter as well. He currently serves Zeta Psi on various grand chapter committees and as President of the Alpha Pi Tau alumni association.
A life-long athlete with numerous fitness certifications, Will has also become a well-known figure in both the local running community and world of obstacle course racing. In addition to completing several marathons and ultras, he placed 53 rd overall at the 2018 Spartan Ultra World Championship, a 24-hour endurance event held in the mountains of Hveragerdi, Iceland in December.
Will credits much of his success to his incredible network of mentors and deep connections within the Zeta Psi Fraternity.
“find ways each week to invest in other people. Instead of fast friendships for convenience, focus on building strong relationships for a lifetime.”