Greg Risley, Interior Designer for Regal Furniture and former owner of Risley’s Furniture & Design, in Bicknell, has accepted United Way’s request to be the 2014 Campaign Chairperson. Risley owned and operated Risley Furniture & Design, a family business, for 40 years in Bicknell before retiring. Upon retirement he soon realized that was not the life for him. Risley accepted a position as designer and buyer with Regal Furniture in Vincennes in June of 2013.
As a life-long community member in the northern part of the county, Risley has been involved at many levels from coach, scout leader and 4H leader to PER of the Bicknell Elks, past President of Better Bicknell Club and currently serves on the board of the Bicknell Manor, Local Coordinating Council as well as the Publicity Chairman for the Knox Sullivan Communities That Care Grant. Professionally Risley’s accolades include Finalist in Century Furniture Design Contest and Chairman of Young Executives of National Home Furnishings Association. He was selected by the Smithsonian Institute to travel to England to earn a specialty degree in the English Country House from Oxford and has been listed in Business & Professional Who’s Who and Who’s Who in the World.
When Risley was approached by the United Way board to take on this challenge, he admitted he did not know much about the organization but felt like possibly too much of the proceeds went to “the top”. He was pleasantly surprised to learn ninety-four cents of every dollar raised stays local. “I can support an organization like this when 94% of the money raised stays in the county”, Risley expressed.
“Greg will have a wonderful structure of support for this endeavor…” noted Angie Goff, the newly transitioned Executive Director of United Way…“I am working closely with the Indiana Association of United Ways to incorporate best practices applicable to our entire campaign.” Goff looks forward to her inaugural campaign and is excited to work with Risley stating…“I have known Greg my entire life. I am excited to have the North Knox area well represented for the 2014 campaign.”
United Way of Knox County’s annual campaign is scheduled to begin in early fall. Details surrounding the United Way’s Kick-Off event will come later this spring. Risley’s goal is “to make this kick-off one of the best ever and to make sure the people of are informed of the wonderful work that the United Way does in Knox County.”