Fred Wright, Jr., a native of Shelby, North Carolina, attended undergraduate school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, and received a B. S. degree with major in Mathematics. Following computer intern assignments while in college, Fred joined IBM Corporation as a Systems Analyst in New York City, and later worked in related positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Fred graduated from U. S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and served in Computer Systems Consolidation roles at the Naval Air Systems Command in Baileys Crossroads, Virginia, achieving the rank of Lieutenant as a U. S. Navy Officer.
Following military service, he studied at Columbia University Graduate School of Business and was awarded an MBA degree with concentration in Corporate Finance.
In addition to Information Technology, Fred pursued another career interest of Financial Management and Accounting with employment at General Electric (GE) and Lockheed Martin. Applicable positions included Corporate Financial Analyst (with GE’s Financial Management Program certification) and Accounting Manager.
Fred’s roles at SAP America enabled him to blend both career interests by implementing enterprise accounting systems and providing support for clients utilizing SAP Business Applications and Technology.
Fred and his wife Joretta first met as preteens in Shelby, NC, and married after completion of college studies. They are proud parents of two daughters Sonya and Natalie, and loving grandparents of grandson Evan.
Fred is a devoted member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, an accomplished Photographer and Videographer, and Co-Teacher of a Resume Writing and Job Search class. He has served as Trustee for the Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory, North Carolina, and is extremely excited to apply his talents and creativity to help tell authentic stories of Tuskegee Airmen Men and Women.