The new president and CEO of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters possesses a blend of passion and experience, said search committee member Jody Horner.
Daniel Soliday, of Kansas City, Mo., spoke to employees Wednesday morning, when the search committee officially announced his new position.
Horner, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters board member and president of Cargill Meat Solutions, said Soliday's strong fundraising background and leadership impressed the search committee.
Previously, Soliday was a consultant for Strategic Applications International, the CEO of nonprofit Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc., and a pastor, according to a news release.
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"We really wanted someone who was a strong advocate for the youth of our community, someone who was adept at leading change and someone who had good future vision for our organization, and at the same time a capacity to execute, and Dan had all of those," Horner said.
Soliday is scheduled to start Aug. 2, and one of his first priorities is visiting the 30-plus Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters locations, Horner said. The organization's budget was about $6 million in 2008.
Soliday is replacing CEO Dawn DeArmond, who announced in January that she wanted to step down. Horner said DeArmond, who became CEO in 2005, did a wonderful job helping the organization grow.
"We have definitely served more children across our state under her tenure, and she'll be sorely missed," Horner said.