Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:49

Jim Letts Announces Retirement as CEO of SRYMCA; Board Names Kelly Armer Interim CEO

After 12 years of service, Jim Letts advised the Saratoga Regional YMCA Board of Directors of his retirement as CEO, effective today. The Board of Directors has appointed Chief Operating Officer Kelly Armer as interim CEO, effective today, as it launches a nationwide search for Mr. Letts’ successor.

“I have greatly enjoyed my tenure at the Saratoga Regional YMCA and will always look upon my time here as one of personal and professional enrichment,” Mr. Letts said. “I have now achieved what I set out to do at the Saratoga Regional YMCA. I hope that I’ve played a meaningful role in advancing this outstanding community organization and promoting opportunities for healthy living for Saratoga families.”

Mr. Letts has built a career working for the YMCA organization. He came to the Saratoga Regional YMCA from the Waterbury, CT YMCA in 2002, when the operating budget of the SRYMCA was just $3 million. Today, the local organization’s budget has quadrupled to $12 million. The association includes five branches, 480 employees, and more than 25,000 members.

“For more than a decade, Jim Letts and the YMCA’s leadership team led the YMCA through a period of historic growth, including construction of the Saratoga Springs West Avenue branch, a $7.5 million renovation of the Wilton branch, and opening of a new branch in Greenwich,” said Jason MacGregor, president of the Board of Directors. “We thank Jim for his years of service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Ms. Armer brings 26 years of experience to her new role. She joined Saratoga Regional YMCA in the childcare department in 1989 after attending graduate school at Springfield College. She previously served as interim CEO when a Search Committee of the Board of Directors sought a new CEO in 2001.

“Kelly knows the operations of the Saratoga Regional YMCA inside and out and we are confident of her ability to lead us through this important transition,” said Mr. MacGregor.

“I have made the Saratoga Regional YMCA my professional home for nearly three decades and have tremendous admiration and respect for the talents and skills of our program providers and staff, and I am grateful to be able to serve our loyal members and this amazing community,” Ms. Armer said. “I am honored and embrace this opportunity. I look forward to working with the staff and the Board of Directors to continue the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s long tradition of service to the greater Saratoga community.”

The Saratoga Regional YMCA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that strives to nurture youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Saratoga Regional YMCA has branches in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Corinth, Battenkill and Malta. The Saratoga Regional YMCA relies on people of caring and commitment who realize that a vibrant, mission-focused YMCA in their community ensures that everyone has the opportunity to live, grow and thrive.

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