Posted by Scott Saxton email
NORTH WILKESBORO, NC (WECT) - Workers at a company that got its start in Wilmington are mourning the loss of their CEO. Window World Chief Executive Officer Todd Whitworth, 40, died unexpectedly at home Friday.
Todd Whitworth became CEO of the Window World company in 2008, after the retirement of his father, Leon Whitworth. The elder Whitworth started the Window World company as a small roadside stand in Wilmington in 1995, according to the company website. Window World now has 186 offices in 45 states across the country.
A press release from John Andretti Racing, an auto racing team sponsored by Window World's foundation, announced Mr. Whitworth's death and said the team will race in memory of him this season.
"This loss is monumental on all levels," said Blair Ingle, President, Window World in the press release. "His passion for auto racing, Window World Cares, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Veteran's Airlift Command were immeasurable. We know in our heart that Todd would want to have John (Andretti) and Boris (Said) continue to race this weekend and raise support for Window World Cares and St. Jude. We will all feel pride knowing that the legacy of Todd will be carried through their efforts."
In a 2007 article on the success of Window World on the website, Qualified Remodeler, Todd Whitworth described how the company got his start and how he got involved in the business.
"My dad started the company out of what most people would call a roadside shack near Wilmington, N.C.," recalled Todd Whitworth in the article. "When I first saw it, my response was: ‘You are selling how many windows out of that?' I could not believe it. And Leon told me confidently that I would be working for him in a year. I thought: no way. I have a good job and I don't intend to work for my dad. He was wrong. I was working for him 10 months later."
A message left with the company Saturday night was not immediately returned.
An on-line obituary with the Reins-Sturdivant Scenic Memorial Gardens indicates that there will be a memorial service for Todd Whitworth Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Millers Creek United Methodist Church.
The family will visit with friends at the corporate offices in North Wilkesboro after the service.
Whitworth is survived by his wife and three children.
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