October 20, 2017


Hello All,


I find it necessary in my first column to share with everyone how excited I am to be here in Florida with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. I feel very fortunate to have this wonderful opportunity to serve such a diverse and vibrant community. Our Y has a tremendous history here in Tampa as the city’s oldest nonprofit and we have been evolving over the last 128 years as we strive to serve the ever changing needs of our families. I look forward to nurturing that continued evolvement while working with our great team of volunteers and staff to inspire new levels of support and engagement in our Tampa neighborhoods.


Over the next couple of months, I will be spending a good amount of time meeting all of you, our key stakeholders, supporters and ambassadors. I want to learn about the great impact this Y has had in your community and what inspires you to stay connected to us. As well, I want to learn of missed opportunities and areas for improvement. My intention is simply to educate myself on the culture and atmosphere that our Y currently projects in our community and how we can make a great Y even better.


A little bit about me…I started my Y career over 22 years ago as a wellness attendant at a Downtown Y in Milwaukee. In that role, I quickly learned the capacity the Y has to enhance an individual’s life and I was immediately convinced the Y was a place for me. Early in my Y career I was exposed to youth sports, camp, teens and membership which progressed to leading branches and then districts of branches. Most recently I was the EVP/COO for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio where I managed the operations for that association. And with that…enough about me!


Again, I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks and months. More so, I look forward to working with all of you side-by-side to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Tampa Y.


Finally, join me in congratulating Tom Looby on his retirement. He has been a great leader in our Y Movement for 37 years…and for our Tampa Y in particular for the last 10 years. We wish him well in his retirement and say “Thank you, Tom” with the utmost gratitude for his vision and leadership.


With appreciation,




Matt Mitchell
President & CEO


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