At the time of his election, Princeton graduate John E. Packard, III, of Rockville, Maryland, had been an APTA Director for five years and was serving as commissioner of the men’s championship tour. As such, he was the face of the APTA, on the scene for all the major men’s events, coordinating, expediting, and resolving issues when necessary. In 1978, he teamed with Gordon Gray to win the National 45s, and he won it again in 1980 with John Brownlow. At the time of his term as President, Packard was Vice-President and sales manager of Adams-Burch, Inc., a restaurant supply business.
Source: Platform Tennis, September 1980