The Greenbrier Congratulates Owner Jim Justice
on Winning West Virginia Gubernatorial Election

 

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – (November 9, 2016): The Greenbrier, on behalf of its nearly 2,000 Team Members, would like to congratulate Owner and CEO James C. Justice, II, on winning the Gubernatorial Election in West Virginia.

On Tuesday, November 8, a large crowd of supporters turned out at The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall as the votes were tallied, and at the end of the night, Justice, who won the Democratic nomination in May, defeated Republican Bill Cole to win the office.

Justice, a Beckley, W.Va., native who now resides in Lewisburg, W.Va., purchased The Greenbrier in 2009. He immediately invested in renovations and expansions, adding amenities such as The Greenbrier Casino Club. He brought a PGA TOUR FedExCup event, The Greenbrier Classic, to the historic resort in 2010, and has lured the NFL's New Orleans Saints and NBA's New Orleans Pelicans to The Greenbrier for training camps.

Last year, Justice announced that he was bringing golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and The Greenbrier’s Golf Professional Emeritus, Lee Trevino, together to design a new mountaintop course on The Greenbrier’s property. That course is currently under construction and scheduled to open sometime in the near future.

“What Mr. Justice has done to bring America’s Resort back into the spotlight as a premier vacation and meeting destination has been nothing short of incredible,” said Elmer Coppoolse, COO, The Greenbrier. “We’re unbelievably excited about his continued efforts here at The Greenbrier and on an even larger stage across West Virginia.”

Justice, 65, is deeply involved in his family’s business and prior to his tenure at The Greenbrier, as a result of his strong interest in agriculture, he started Bluestone Farms (currently operating as Justice Family Farms, LLC) in 1977. The corn, wheat and soybean operation grew to more than 50,000 acres in four states and is now the largest grain producer on the East coast. Upon the death of his father in 1993, Justice became the President and CEO of Bluestone Industries, Inc. and Bluestone Coal Corporation. Over the next 15 years, he launched a massive expansion of multiple businesses. Justice is the President and CEO of 83 different companies.

Justice and his wife Cathy have two children James C. Justice, III (Jay), who helps run the family coal business, and Jill, who is a doctor and was named President of The Greenbrier earlier this year.

"I wanted to be West Virginia's governor, because I know I can help," said Justice. "I didn't do this for me. I did it for the people of West Virginia. I'm thrilled that the people of West Virginia trust me, and I promise I won't let them down."

Justice will take over the governor's office in January.