David Wallace, Telford YMCA chief executive, said he is looking forward to having some time free from long work days and after-hours phone calls after he retires at the end of April.
However, he will miss seeing the positive results that came from the job he started May 6, 2013.
“I don’t know if I will miss those break-of-day phone calls or late after-work calls, but this is all I know, so maybe I will miss them,” Wallace said. “But I think in the last two years, working with the board and staff here has been lead to significant improvement in the visibility and awareness of the Y as a community-service organization. I think I will always miss seeing projects come to full fruition.”
Wallace has been CEO at the Telford Y for two years, but he has been employed by YMCA’s for nearly 25. He has served in a variety of capacities, and moved up from leading programs to administrative positions, he explained.
A Berea native, Wallace moved away when he was age 26. Twenty years later he returned to Madison County, and has no plans to move, he said. He also has plans to stay connected within the community because he likes being surrounded by inspiration, he said.
“I think the YMCA in general – it doesn’t matter where you are – is made of people. It’s the people that make it what it is. There has been a great staff in every place that I have worked. Some have had a great influence on my life. They lead by example and are servant leaders,” Wallace explained.
Member of the Y also make up a great portion of his favorite part about the organization, he said. It is perhaps the thing he will miss most about his job, he added.
“There have been some great stories through the years about how the Y has impacted the lives of our members. Probably the most anxious I am about this decision is missing that daily interaction with folks who have had a great Y story or something that has mean something to them,” Wallace said.
A replacement for Wallace has not yet been determined, however a CEO task force consisting of YMCA volunteers, staff and community leaders is currently being developed, according to a staff email, forwarded by Wallace.
With their recommendations, the board of directors will lead the CEO search effort and identify the next leader, the email added.
Although his retirement is edging closer each day, Wallace said he has promised his staff he will continue to work diligently until his last day.
“Just like I told the staff, I don’t anticipate any short-timer’s syndrome creeping in. There are still things to get done, and I’m approaching this like I would be here the next 20 years. I will keep chugging until that day gets here,” Wallace said.
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