Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula Announces New President & CEO

(Newport News, VA) (April 21, 2016) After 32 years of service to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, Steven Kast transitioned the leadership of the organization to now President & CEO, Harold "Hal" Smith.

Smith resumed the role of President & CEO beginning April 15 after being unanimously voted into the position by the Corporate Board of Directors on March 17.

"Hal's previous position as Chief Operating Officer of our organization presents the best possible outcome for a seamless transition in this top position," said Linda Rohrer, Chair of the Corporate Board of Directors. "His exceptional leadership and positive relationships with staff at all 13 Clubs and two thrift stores ensure the legacy of outstanding service to the youth of our community."

Smith served for nearly two years as the organization's Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Smith implemented the "EatSMART" program, a grant with the USDA that provides over 1,000 meals and snacks to Club members every day at no additional cost. He has also developed partnerships around TowneBank Athletic Park; instituted staff performance evaluations; managed an operations team of three service directors, ten unit directors, and nearly 100 part-time staff; served as a Task Force member on the Newport News Mayor's Initiative to End Bullying; and served as a Board Member for the Denbigh Youth Alliance.

"As President & CEO, I will continue to methodically expand our influence in areas of the Peninsula that are still in need of our services and impact," said Hal Smith. "We will continue this impact so that tomorrow's leaders will be today's Boys & Girls Club kids, and not only will they be leaders, but they'll give back in their communities to pay it forward."

Smith, however, has been connected to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula for over a decade, as her served as a board member for nearly seven years. Additionally, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia for four years.

"Serving on the board and working with Steve Kast for several years allowed to me understand and appreciate the significant impact that Boys & Girls Clubs play in the development of youth, especially on the Virginia Peninsula," said Smith.

Prior to his involvement in the Boys & Girls Club movement, he spent 16 years in the residential construction industry, specializing in large scale renovations and custom home building and eclipsing $4 million in revenue in 2006 and 2007. Smith was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. He is a 1994 graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in Public Administration, husband to Beverly Smith, and father to two daughters - Sydney and Cameron.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula has been a leader in youth development since 1946 with the mission "to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." The organization currently serves more than 6,000 youth in 13 clubs located in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Mathews, and York County. Youth benefit from a caring professional staff who help them take control of their lives, envision productive futures, and help them set and achieve their goals. Boys & Girls Clubs offers youth a safe place to learn and grow with programs in five core areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; sports, recreation and fitness; and the arts.

Great Futures Start at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula!

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