Bill Bresser has been named CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati after serving in various staff leadership roles since 2004.
Bresser steps into the newly renamed role after Brent Seelmeyer left his job as president of the local Boys & Girls Club in December to become director of organizational development with Boys & Girls Club of America’s national organization.
Board vice president David Singer said the change in title is in name only and Bresser will fulfill the same duties that Seelmeyer left including overseeing operations and strategic development for the organization, which serves nearly 7,000 youth in 12 locations across the region.
“We look forward to Bill building an even better program, environment and, most importantly, outcomes for the kids we serve,” Singer said. “Bill’s history of dedicated service to the organization over many years made him a natural choice for this new role.”
Bresser is a University of Cincinnati alumnus and has served as club director, associate director of compliance and director of operations at BGCGC. He was most recently the organization’s interim president, but he got his start at Boys & Girls Club as a volunteer.
Singer said that longevity of an individual being part of one nonprofit organization for so long is rare and made Bresser the best candidate for the job.
"There's really no one that I think you could meet that has more passion and love for improving these young kids' lives," Singer said. "The energy spills over to the board members. You can't help but get sucked in to help in any way you possibly can."
He said Bresser's excitement for the organization and its mission along with his experience are "an incredibly powerful combination."
"This is a transformative place for the kids in the community and a transformative place for the adults who work here," Bresser said. "I'm excited to lead it into a new era deepening our commitment to the kids in these communities and expanding our reach."
Bresser said he hopes to partner with more trade schools to help program participants find ways to succeed in their own careers while also deepening academic resources that are available to them.
"Really getting after that job placement and job readiness piece is important to make sure they're on the path the self-sufficiency," Bresser said.
He's also interested in expanding the Boys & Girls Club's reach through community partnerships as many of its sites are at capacity.
"At the end of the day I just can't wait to get moving with this stuff," Bresser told me. "We can do a lot to corral all of these services and hone our craft."