Landers Thomas named CEO of Boys and Girls Club

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Special to the Citizen:

Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, Inc. (BGCNCG) has named Landers A. Thomas to serve as the regional youth organization’s Chief Executive Officer effective April 20, 2015. Thomas is an organizational, marketing and fund development professional with extensive executive level experience in public relations, branding, strategic planning and public policy with expertise in nonprofit administration, organizational development, partnership building and leadership training.

Thomas received a football scholarship from Georgia Tech and finished his B.S. in Business Administration at Trinity College and University in San Antonio, Texas. He has 18 years of success in both the for-profit corporate sector and non-profit organizations focusing on community and resource development and organization leadership. His most recent position was Associate Director for the American Diabetes Association based in Atlanta where he raised over $500,000 in new support in his first year while rebranding the organization’s image in the community. He is very involved in the community and has provided consulting services to local, state and national nonprofits in organizational development, fundraising, marketing, branding and public relations.

Thomas is a certified grant-writer through the American Grant Writers’ Association, serves on the Westwood College Advisory Council and Georgia Tech’s Lettermen Council. He as conducted numerous nonprofit workshops for the faith-based community and takes pride in helping others to make their dreams a reality. “We are delighted to have found a strong leader with the exceptional qualities and experience that Landers Thomas possesses,” said Mike Conrads, chairman of the Board of Directors of BGCNCG. “Finding someone to lead this organization through the rapid growth we anticipate required an arduous and thorough process. Three important criteria emerged: successful experience leading complex organizations utilizing effective strategic planning and execution of those plans, the ability to quickly build lasting relationships, and a demonstrated commitment and passion for youth development – our core mission. In Landers, we are fortunate to have found such a person. We look forward with confidence to a great future under Landers’ leadership.”

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (“BGCNCG”) into its next phase,” Thomas said. “BGCNCG is a vibrant organization filled with passion and talent, and is a home away from home for so many students. It is my responsibility to make sure that home thrives so that each member of the BGCNCG family, our members and the communities we serve feel that there is joy in everything we do here, and that we do it well.”

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