Declaring now the perfect time for a transition, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound’s Executive Board of Directors announced today that Rick Guild, chief operations officer, will become the agency’s president and CEO, while former CEO Gary Yazwa will continue his role as foundation president and campaign director. The move will take place Jan. 1.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs are doing very well,” said Board Chairman Greg Paine. “We have the new Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center in Lakewood up and running and a good start on the remaining centers. What we need is Rick to run the organization so Gary can focus on the funding to finish the campaign and sustain the new buildings and organization into the future.”
Guild will be responsible for the organization’s operations and manage the responsibilities of the Administrative Service Center, clubs and the HOPE Centers. He will oversee the facilities, volunteers, staff, operational budget and fundraising. Guild has 32 years of service in the organization including leadership of the strategic planning initiative for the past eight years.
Yazwa has orchestrated changes that have had positive, lasting impact on the youth movement everywhere he has served. During his career, he has helped raise more than $100 million for Boys & Girls Clubs. Since 1997, under Yazwa’s leadership and Guild’s management, the South Puget Sound Clubs have expanded from serving 4,700 members to 14,400 Not only are more children being served in more communities, but the quality of programs and skills of the staff have steadily improved under this leadership team.
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