About the Author
Autry O.V. 'Pete' DeBusk is the owner and chairman of DeRoyal. Born and raised in Rose Hill, Virginia, Pete graduated from Thomas Walker High School in Rose Hill, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee and attended graduate school at the University of Georgia. Pete began his career in 1965 as a pharmaceutical salesman for Hoechst Laboratories. In 1969, he joined Solar Laboratories as a regional sales manager. His education and experience led him to the development of his first company, Pete DeBusk and Associates in 1970. In 1973, Pete patented his first orthopedic product and founded STAT Medical. In 1976, DeRoyal Industries, Inc. was incorporated. Today, DeRoyal has grown to manufacture more than 20,000 medical devices and products and employs 2000 people. Pete has dedicated countless hours and resources to many organizations some of which include: MedPac - Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2000-2006, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Lincoln Memorial University, Board of Governors for UT-Battelle, Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Knoxville, and Founder of the Halls/Powell Boys and Girls Club.