John Gordon

The Board of Directors of Leroy Springs & Co., Inc. (LSC) has announced the promotion of John J. Gordon to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Leroy Springs & Co., according to a press release.

Gordon remains the Executive Director of the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Since joining the Greenway in 2017, he has overseen major projects including the construction of the Greenway Gateway, Domtar Forest Porch, and multiple facility renovations.

Under his leadership, summer camps, after-school programs and recreation events and programming have been reevaluated and reimagined to meet the changing needs of the community as it deals with the stresses of exponential growth and pandemic. 

“John’s performance over the last three years has earned the Board’s confidence. His leadership has been critical in ensuring the Greenway has remained relevant through COVID-19, one of the most chaotic times any of us could have imagined. His work has continued to advance our mission in providing quality, affordable recreation to our community,” said Elliott Close, Chairman of Leroy Springs & Co.

A graduate of Winthrop University, Gordon is a native of Clover and has deep roots in the region. His organizational expertise is driven by more than 15 years of operational and leadership experience at some of the area’s most respected recreation facilities including the U.S. National Whitewater Center, YMCA Camp Thunderbird, and as the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Cherokee. This experience prepared him to assume his present responsibility as the Executive Director of the Anne Springs Close Greenway three years ago, solidifying Gordon’s position as a regional leader in outdoor education and recreation.

As the Chief Operating Officer of LSC, Gordon will assume responsibility for all LSC operations, with FLYERS After-School, Springs Golf and Springmaid Mountain reporting to him in addition to his existing responsibilities. 

John will continue to report to Tim Patterson, the President and CEO of LSC.

For more than 75 years, Leroy Springs & Company, Inc. has provided affordable, quality recreation and community activities and facilities in the region home to the historic Springs Cotton Mills. Today, Leroy Springs is headquartered in Fort Mill, SC, and provides the next generation with similar recreation opportunities, including the Springs Golf course portfolio (Chester, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Springfield), the Anne Springs Close Greenway, and Springmaid Mountain (Spruce Pine, NC). Leroy Springs & Company, Inc. provides financial assistance for its recreation opportunities through the Leroy Springs Bridge Program, which awarded $186,000 in financial assistance in 2019. For more information, visit