Smiley named president/CEO of merging Boys & Girls Clubs

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Published on November 29, 2017 with No Comments

Ryan Smiley, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, will serve as the newly appointed president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the new organization that merges two Boys & Girls Clubs.

As previously announced, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County (BGCPOCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI) will be merging into one organization, serving more youth and expanding its transformational programs and services.  Ryan Smiley, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, will continue to lead the merger, as the newly appointed president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the new organization.

Smiley officially will assume the new responsibilities when the merger is complete on Jan. 1, 2018. With the merger, the new organization will be in the top 2 percent of all Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States, based on the number of facilities and members served during the school year.  The combined organization is expected to serve more than 10,000 youth and teen members annually throughout Northwest Indiana.

Smiley has served as interim president and CEO of BGCNWI, which serves members at six clubs in Lake County, since October of 2016..

Both organizations are experiencing historical growth under Smiley’s leadership. The average daily attendance of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana has increased 40 percent since last October and active membership has grown by 1,046 youth in the past year under his leadership.

Similarly, in Porter County, overall active membership has increased 14 percent over the past four years, while average daily attendance increased 42 percent.  Both organizations are also experiencing significant growth in all key performance indicator areas with Smiley at the helm.

“I am grateful for the confidence both boards have shown in my appointment as president & CEO for the merged organization.” said Smiley. “Ultimately, the merger will eliminate redundancies, improve efficiencies and allow us to direct more resources to our Clubs and to the programs we offer to ensure our long term sustainability and relevance.”

In addition, the merged entity will allow for more staff development and training for assessment and improvement to program quality and services. This will continue to ensure positive, measurable outcomes in Boys & Girls Clubs three priority areas of academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

After graduating from Chesterton High School, Smiley left to play soccer collegiately at the University of Indianapolis and then transferred to complete his Bachelor of Science in sports management at the University of Tampa. Eventually he began working with YMCA organizations around the state of Florida, which became a 12-year career.  After 18 years, Smiley returned to the Region to continue raising his family and help serve the community in which he grew up.

Smiley became president and CEO of BGCPOCO in 2013, after joining the organization in 2012 as director of operations. He has more than 17 years of non-profit management experience. As president and CEO, he is responsible for the organizations overall operations, financial accountability and health, strategic planning, revenue generation, board development and community relations. Smiley is a long-time Rotarian, serves on the Duneland Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and is a national trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Workers Association.

As president and CEO for BGCPOCO, Smiley has received recognition for his accomplishments at both the local and National levels.  In 2014, Smiley was one of Northwest Indiana’s 20 under 40 honorees.  In 2015, he was named Outstanding Professional of the Year in the state by the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.  In 2016, BGCPOCO was recognized by Porter County Community Foundation as the Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

In July of this year, Smiley was named one of ten Indiana Business Professionals to Watch. Additionally, Smiley recently was named Midwest Executive of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Professional Association.  He resides in Valparaiso with his wife, Dena and two children, Jori and Jack.

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