The Executive Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound has named Mark Starnes as the new interim President/CEO. Mr. Starnes brings with him a vast array of management experience during his 30 years with Proctor & Gamble and Weyerhaeuser; retiring as a VP with Weyerhaeuser in 2006. Mark has been actively involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound since 2005, with roles on the Campaign Cabinet, Corporate Board, Personnel Committee, Executive Board and as Resource Development Committee Chairman.
Current President/CEO Rick Guild will stay on through the end of the year in an advisory role to assist with the transition. Over the last thirty-four years Guild’s contributions of service in the organization include the CEO role, leadership of the strategic planning initiative, responsibility for the organization’s operations and management of the roles and responsibilities of the Administrative Service Center, Branch Clubs and the HOPE Centers. Guild grew up in the South Tacoma Boys Club, which became known as the South End Branch where he was the Branch Director for 19 years.
During this time of transition, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound would also like to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of Gary Yazwa as he retires. Better known as “Yaz” by so many in the South Puget Sound region, he has orchestrated visionary changes that have had positive, lasting impact on the youth movement everywhere he has served. During his career, he has helped raise over $100,000,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs.
Since 1997, under Yazwa’s and Guild’s leadership and management, the South Puget Sound Clubs have expanded from serving 4,700 members to 13,000. 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. Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound appreciates the hard work and dedication that both Guild and Yazwa have provided over the years and impact that they have had on the lives of the kids and families served.
“While change is never easy, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and the Board of Directors are optimistic and look forward to the enormous opportunities that lie ahead,” said Board Chairman Greg Paine. “We are confident in the ability of Mark Starnes to lead this organization in this transition period. We, like any prudent organization, will be in constant contact with our donors and employees in the coming weeks about the direction of the Clubs and opportunities they have to contribute to our ongoing success while focusing on our mission, the kids.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound benefits 13,150 children and teens at 9 branch Clubs as well as 8 outreach sites throughout Pierce, Kitsap and Mason Counties. The Clubs offer programs designed to enhance personal growth and education, tutoring, computer skills, delinquency prevention, the arts, sports training, league involvement and much more. Through quality professional staff and a fun positive environment, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound assist thousands of kids to develop much needed life skills, self-esteem and positive values. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, please call (253) 502-4600 or visit their website at www.bg-clubs.com.