He's actually from Fayetteville. But went to college in Spartanburg, and yes, he's been given a pass for so long because of his roots. Had he been someone from outside of this region, he would've been questioned a lot sooner and more than likely sold the team by now.
I'll believe what you said when we actually have someone not from NC running the joint. Until then, its lip service. People defend mediocrity and losing because the CEO is a native. People give him blind trust and hope because he's someone they relate to or they cant fathom him ripping them off. Put someone they know nothing about or heard of at CEO of the Panthers and the perception and trust changes. If it werent a big deal, people wouldnt worry about succession plans and who's taking over. But they do, very much so.
Your dislike for him colors your perspective to the point you have no credibility. Maybe in your small corner of the world that is how you see it, but I can assure that the vast majority of fans do not think like you do. Succession plans are about whether we will have a team here and who will make decisions and it should be a huge concern for Panther fans given that it has been many years since the heart transplant and with each passing year the odds of survivorship go down. Whether the new owner is local or not is important only as to whether they will want to move the team somewhere else with no loyalty to this area.