Welcome Bryan Soper as our New CEO

  • By on 04/07/2017 | Comment (0)

     bryansoperAfter a nation-wide, six-month search, we are excited to announce the naming of our new CEO/executive director.

    A committee of YMCA board members and YMCA of the USA staff have selected 20-year YMCA veteran Bryan Soper to lead the nonprofit into a new era following the opening of our $16 million facility in the heart of downtown Kokomo.

    “Our search brought out candidates from across the country, both in the for-profit and nonprofit industry, with expertise in fundraising, community development, collaborations and more,” said Tonya Goodier, of the Y’s hiring team. “We were honored to have such a highly qualified field of candidates.”

    Soper has most recently served as the vice president of Operations, Board & Volunteer Development at Valley of the Sun YMCA in Phoenix, Arizona, where he has been accountable for developing a $12 million YMCA budget. Prior to that, he has served in various capacities including executive director, at Ys in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona.

    Soper will succeed Dave Dubois, who has served as our CEO/executive director here at the Kokomo Family YMCA since 1998. After a 33-year YMCA career, Dubois announced his retirement after the opening of the YMCA’s new facility in downtown Kokomo.

    “It has been an honor to serve the Y and the Kokomo community all these years,” said Dubois. “I am confident Bryan will be an incredible asset to our city. His track record of work within the Y Movement is excellent, and I cannot wait to see what he does for Kokomo.”

    Soper’s more than 20-year Y career has been marked by helping YMCA’s meet community needs, build effective boards, assess operational needs and build annual campaigns by analyzing the specific needs of each YMCA.

    While his professional career has been marked by board and volunteer development, it was actually the Y’s involvement in his life as a teen at camp that began him on this career path.

    “From 15 years old as a junior camp counselor at the YMCA, I knew I wanted to be doing Y work,” he said. After a conversation with the camp director, he started his path toward becoming a CEO.

    A Midwest native, Soper said he is excited to move back to an area like Kokomo, with family values and a size similar to his hometown in Wisconsin.

    “Kokomo has a palpable buzz and community feel, and having the YMCA downtown is key,” said Soper. “Being downtown allows you to be tied into the heartbeat of the community.”

    Soper said during his time in Kokomo, it became obvious that the Y has a clear fit within the community. He said it can be seen by the life inside the building, and by the support of the donors and decision-makers who made great choices to ensure the future of the YMCA in Kokomo.

    Soper, his wife, Erin, and their children, Brennan and Braydee, are expected to join the Kokomo Y team in late February 2017.

    Please help welcome Bryan to our team!




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