Southington YMCA names Pooler as new CEO

Mark Pooler has been named as the new CEO at the Southington YMCA, but he has worked at the local YMCA since 1990. Above, Pooler assists with the live auction at the 2016 Forever in Blue Jeans event.

The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs announced last week that Mark Pooler will serve as the new chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.

Pooler will succeed John Myers, who has worked for the local YMCA for the past 31 years and served as executive director for 21 years. Myers will retire at the end of the year.

Pooler currently serves as the YMCA director of operations, a position he has had for the past three years, but he has worked at the Southington YMCA in a variety of youth development positions since 1990. In 1996 he became the YMCA’s youth program director and in 2000 was promoted as the YMCA’s outdoor center director for YMCA Camp Sloper.

“We evaluated dozens of candidates from across the country—both inside and outside of the YMCA network—during our search for a new CEO,” Paul Bedard, chair of the selection committee, said in a press release.

“Mark not only stood out as a proven and respected local YMCA leader; he convincingly proved through an open and highly competitive selection process that he is absolutely the right leader to build upon the great work being performed by our YMCA.”

Bedard said that Pooler will help maximize the YMCA’s ability to support the ongoing needs of our community and that he stood out for his dedication to the YMCA, staff, members, and volunteers, and he has been a leader in the community.

Pooler highlighted several areas of focus as he becomes the new CEO of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs, including investing in the YMCA’s membership, child care, and day camp. He also said that his focus will be on continuing to recruit, train, develop, motivate and appreciate the dedicated staff members.

“This YMCA has a rich history of cause-driven and values-based leadership and hope to continue that tradition. Our YMCA plays an instrumental role in strengthening the foundation of our communities, and we are blessed to have so many great volunteers, staff, donors, members and community partners to help us fulfill our mission,” he said in the release. “I am humbled and honored to serve as the next leader of this great organization.”

Mark Pooler can be reached at mpooler@sccymca.org.

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