Name: Rodney B. Long, C.P.M.
Title: Director, Sourcing
Company: Duke Energy
Fundraising Goal: $5,000
Why I am a Pink Tie Guy
We are celebrating the 8th Anniversary of my wife, Judy’s, breast cancer diagnosis and successful treatment! Early detection is the key, my friends! Because Judy was diagnosed early, we had more treatment options and the outcome was successful.
You might ask why, after 8 years, I still work to support Komen, and more specifically Komen Charlotte. The answer is simple; Komen’s website provided Judy and I a wealth of information as we started the journey down the treatment road. Many of you unfortunately know how that diagnosis shocks and how hard it is to find out what to expect. We were also fortunate that we had access to the medical system and we want to help those who might not have access.
While Judy was going through her journey, I sat on the sidelines as she endured surgery and radiation treatments. We attended a Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure in the Fall following Judy’s treatment. After that event, I made the decision that to honor Judy I would become more involved in raising funds to help others less fortunate than we are. Unfortunately, there are others in our family who lost their personal battles in the fight and so it is my way to memorialize them. (Velna Brandon, Kim Brandon and Missy Morris Jolliff).
Some of you may have seen me in my pink kilt and my pink Mizunos at the Komen Charlotte Race For The Cure the past few Octobers to help raise funds for those who are facing breast cancer. I typically have a Race-specific fundraising challenge and this year I will add the funds generated in this Pink Tie Challenge to an overall year-round fundraising commitment to Komen Charlotte. Let’s Win This Fight!
Rodney Long is Director, Sourcing, for Duke Energy’s Strategic Project Supply Chain and leads a team that supports Duke Energy’s Project Management and Construction’s new gas fired generation and environmental projects. He has primarily supported Fossil and Nuclear Generation sourcing throughout his career. Rodney has also been involved with integration activities following two company mergers.
Rodney began his 34-year career at Duke Power in 1986 at the Bad Creek project while it was under construction, and worked in the materials area with a focus on requisitioning and managing the construction equipment needed by craft to support construction. He then transferred to the Purchasing Department in 1990 and has worked in Supply Chain roles in Charlotte since that time.
Rodney earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Science and Mathematics, University of South Carolina, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He enjoys playing golf and flat-water kayaking with Judy, his wife of 25 years. In his other spare time, he has completed 44 Half Marathons over the past 14 years.