Thebault to Retire as CEO of YMCA

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Reid Thebault, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, has announced that he will retire on May 1, 2014.

Reid Thebault, 65, will step down after 45 years of YMCA service, and almost 20 years as the leader of the 14 YMCAs in metro Detroit.

Over the past 19 ½ years, Thebault has led the Detroit Y through a series of change initiatives.In January 2006, the Y opened its Boll branch in downtown Detroit, marking the completion of a $100 million capital development program.

Prior to coming to Detroit, Thebault led the Dayton Metropolitan YMCA through a major reorganization process that included the elimination of capital debt, a redefining of the Y’s role in the community, a successful capital development program and the construction of a new downtown YMCA facility.

He began his YMCA career in 1969 in Houston, Texas, then moved to assignments in Oklahoma City and St. Louis. While on staff in Houston, he completed his law degree at South Texas College of Law, and the Key Executive MBA program of Pepperdine University, Houston campus. He is a licensed member of the Texas Bar.

Thebault is the vice chairman of the Board of the Y Retirement Fund. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Redwoods Insurance Group and is a former Chair of the North American Urban Group YMCAs representing the 32 largest YMCAs in the US, Canada and Mexico.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve with so many dedicated men and women both as volunteer board members and staff,” said Thebault. “Over the past years, there have been accomplishments and challenges. The Y has a tremendous history of service to this region and will continue the good works that build upon the strong foundation established for the future.”

Thebault says he plans to continue his work in supporting YMCA initiatives in health, education and community development.

A CEO Transition Committee, headed by Jim M. Nicholson, a current board member and vice president of PVS Chemicals, will include the board chair, three other members of the YMCA Metropolitan Board and one member of the YMCA Charter School Board. They are:

  • Mary Corrado, president and CEO of the American Society of Employers
  • John Carter, president, Michigan Middle Market, Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase


  • Ehrlich Crain, president of the YMCA Innovation Academy
  • Ron Deneweth, president, Deneweth Dugan & Parfitt.

Michael Weil, senior consultant to the USA YMCA, will be conducting a nationwide search for qualified candidates.

“Reid’s leadership has enhanced the Y’s profile as one of the region’s outstanding community service organizations,” said Will Erken, chairman of the board, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. “As a key player in the community, he has contributed significantly to the strengthening of the long-term financial condition of the Y, highlighted by his efforts in developing three charter schools in the area. His staff is among the top management teams in the country with an excellent understanding of maintaining the right balance between mission and financial sustainability.”

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit:
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Throughout Metro Detroit, Ys engage more than 300,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities throughout Metro Detroit, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change.

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