New CEO for Olean-Bradford YMCA

The Olean-Bradford Area YMCA has announced Jake Steger as its new CEO.

Steger is a career YMCA professional, most recently serving as branch executive for the Central Florida YMCA in Orlando, now the ninth largest association in North America and one of the fastest growing in the country.

His experience and work as a branch executive has been instrumental in the success of two YMCA family centers in Brevard County, Florida. His professional experience working for an independent association and a large metro association has prepared him for the opportunity to be the next leader of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA.

Steger has worked with YMCA organizations for 10 years in Texas and Florida -- four as a branch executive. He began his career as a sports and fitness director, then as a membership director in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is a strong fiscal manager with significant membership development experience and has a passion for community and financial development, as well as donor cultivation.

He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in business management, and is active in many community organizations, including Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the North American YMCA Development Organization and holds several YMCA certifications.

Steger begins his service with the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA on September 29, and looks forward to meeting members of the community over the next few weeks. He moves to the area with his wife, Julie.

He succeeds Barb Sweitzer, who left the YMCA held in June after more than 30 years with the Olean YMCA to further her career at the national YMCA level.

Don Fredeen, president of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA Board of Directors, said, "The board of directors has been very aggressive in the CEO search and is confident that Jake is the perfect fit for the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA, and will continue to deliver quality programs and service to the members of the Olean and Bradford communities based on a mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities."

Steger said, "The YMCA is more than a 'gym and swim.' It is a place for the community to gather and build relationships. Over the last 10 years, it has been rewarding for me to see YMCA staff and volunteers working together to improve people's lives."

"This will be a special fall season for me as I start a new assignment and get to experience a different part of the country," Steger said. "As your new CEO, I am committed to the communities served by the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA and to providing the highest quality programs and services."

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