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Mission

"Converting Challenges into Opportunities One Veteran at a Time"

About Us
Every veteran has their personal story to tell about their time in the military. We realize that these stories sometimes portray a difficult time. Paddle 4 Troops is able to provide assistance for military – active, retired, or prior – and their families during their time of need.
Our Team
Meet the team of people making it happen. All P4T board members serve as volunteers and donate their time, energy, and knowledge.
Dwight Torres, CEO & Co-Founder

Dwight Torres, was born in Santa Isabel Puerto Rico.  He has lived in his hometown of Surf City North Carolina since 2004.  He was elected to the city council in 2019 where he served for two years.  Mr. Torres received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Grantham University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Information Technology Management from American Military University.Mr. Torres served 24 years as a Chief Warrant in the United States Marine Corps and 11 years as a Senior Force Readiness Analyst for the Department of Defense.  He is married to his High School sweetheart Ligia M. Torres, has two amazing sons Dwight and Joshua Torres, and enjoys spending quality time with their grandson Preston Torres.
Joshua Torres, President & Co-Founder

Born at the Naval Hospital in 1993, he experienced the hardships and challenges facing many military families. Seeing a need to bridge the gap between the community and those who served, he organized a SUP fundraiser – the very first “Paddle 4 Troops” event.
Susan Griffin, Treasurer

Raised in Southport, NC, Susan left briefly to work in Charleston and Hilton Head, SC. She made her way back to her roots to raise her family in Wilmington, NC. She and her husband, Stanley have enjoyed Surf City beaches for many years and moved to the island in 2017.
Lori Hasting, Secretary

A former educator of more than 20 years, Lori now works as Director of Sales for a curriculum and assessment company out of MA. Having spent her summers in Coastal Carolina since 1966, she fulfilled her life-long dream of living in the area when she and John purchased a home in Surf City several years ago.
Ian Morgan, Military Liaison

Ian is a husband, father of four, and active duty Marine. Currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, He lives in Sneads Ferry with his family. As a hobbyist woodworker, He enjoys making paddles for retiring Marines. Ian now serves as the military liaison for the Paddle 4 Troops organization.