October 28, 2013  – Jay Phillips from The First Tee of Pine Mountain has been selected to attend Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. Jay will join 50 participants of The First Tee, ages 13-17, to participate in this national event.

The three-day forum, held at the Walt Disney World Resort, will introduce participants to interactive sessions covering career development and community leadership from executives and franchise partners of Auntie Anne’s – the world’s largest hand-rolled and freshly-baked soft pretzel chain. They will also learn about the franchising business model and what it is like to own and operate an Auntie Anne’s store.

Jay is a Junior at Harlan County High School in Harlan, Kentucky where he maintains a 4.0 GPA.  He is on the academic team and has played football, baseball and golf for the Harlan County Black Bears.

He attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar and is a Rogers Scholar. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 149 in Harlan, currently working on completion of his Eagle Scout project.

Active at his chapter for nine years, Jay has achieved Eagle Level and was the winner of the 2012 The First Tee Pine Mountain “Honesty Award”.  The First Tee Pine Mountain is located at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville, Ky and the mission is to provide is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

“Jay is a very involved young man in his school, community and The First Tee. In order for him to participate at the high level of commitment that he gives to each requires a high degree of planning and execution”, says Jan Gann, executive director of The First Tee Pine Mountain.  “Jay has been a pleasure to have in our program.  One of his best attributes is his integrity and honesty and his willingness to help others.”

Phillips said he is excited about the opportunity to participate in the forum.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in the forum and represent The First Tee of Pine Mountain. This provides me with a great opportunity,” he said. “I look forward to meeting my peers from around the nation and even abroad and bringing the knowledge I gain back to our region.  I am most appreciative of Donnie Caldwell, Jan Gann and all of the First Tee staff who help make these type opportunities available to the participants of the First Tee program at Wasioto Winds.”

For more information about The First Tee of Pine Mountain, visit www.thefirstteepinemountain.org.

Media Contact:

Jan Gann