Board of Advisors
J. Quincy Collins, Jr., Honorary Member and Board of Advisors
J. Quincy Collins, Jr. was raised in Concord, N.C.; he graduated from Concord High School, attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce in 1953.
Quincy immediately entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lt. and began pilot training.
21 years later, he had accumulated over 3,000 hours of jet time with a Command Pilot rating and had flown all the jet fighters of the day. He earned his Jump Wings at Ft. Benning, Georgia while a Flight Commander in an F-104 unit at George Air Force Base, California.
He had an illustrious Air Force career, from opening the new Air
Force Academy in 1955 as an Air Training Officer, to being the Aide to the Four Star Commander-In-Chief of U. S. Air Forces in Europe, to being shot down by the North Vietnamese Communist and spending 7½ years in prison cells in and around Hanoi.
Quincy retired as a full Colonel in 1974, ran for Congress in the
7th District of Georgia in 1974 and again in 1976. He has since been involved in insurance, was the General Sales Manager for 4½ years at Arnold Palmer Cadillac and was President of his own marketing firm in Charlotte. He is now a commercial and industrial real estate broker and Vice President of Southern Real Estate in Charlotte. He is married to Catherine, his wife of 25 years. She has 3 daughters and Quincy has 3 sons. They have 10 grandchildren – triplet girls (14 yrs.), boy/girl twins (9 yrs.) and four grandsons and one granddaughter, all under the age of nine.
Quincy is very involved in the Charlotte community through his
civic and political activities. He is a Deacon at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and has served on the Boards of The Carolinas Carrousel Parade, the Carolinas Concert Association, the Board of Charlotte’s Friendship Trays, was President of “The Collector’s Circle” of the Mint Museum, and now serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Museum of History. He is the founder and past Chairman of the Carolinas’ Citizens Freedom Foundation appointed by the Mayor
and the Chairman of the County Commissioners and is now Chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg World War II Memorial Foundation. He was a candidate for Charlotte City Council in 1995. In 1999 Quincy was President of the Citadel Alumni Association headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina. The Colonel was recently designated a “Distinguished Graduate” by his Alma Mater. He is a 10-year member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Club of the Charlotte
Commercial Board of Realtors and last year became a member of the Ten Million Dollar Club for two years in a row. In 2003 The Board of Realtors, for only the second time in their history, awarded Quincy their coveted “Realtor Citizen of the Year Award” for his contributions to the betterment of the community and for outstanding public service in the Charlotte Region. He also is recognized as one of the top Commercial Real Estate Producers in the Charlotte Region and has achieved the SIOR designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, an international association of professional commercial real estate brokers. General Shelton, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has recently asked Quincy to serve on the Board of the “Shelton Leadership Initiative” at N.C. State University, and he recently was selected to join the South Carolina State Guard Foundation Board to advise the South Carolina Adjutant General on military matters.
His military awards include:
- 2 Silver Stars
- Legion of Merit
- 2 Bronze Stars
- 2 Air Medals
- 2 Purple Hearts
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Distinguished Service Medal
- POW Medal