Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA Announces The Retirement Of President & CEO, John F. Flynn

Posted on: 10.22.2014

[Philadelphia, PA] October 22, 2014 – After 37 years of service with the YMCA movement and the past 9 years as the President & CEO of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, John F. Flynn announced his intent to retire in December 2015.
“John’s legacy will be measured in the hundreds of thousands of lives he’s touched through his visionary leadership, in innovative facilities and programs, and in a strong, sustainable organization dedicated to the Y mission” according to Sandy Lipstein, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

As President & CEO of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA since 2007, John ushered in a new era of growth and relevancy that has made the Association one of the most dynamic and top ranking Y’s in the nation. During his tenure the local Y has increased membership by 200%, increased charitable support by 300% and invested more than $100 Million in facility improvements. Under his leadership, the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA has grown from a 10 branch, $35 million organization to a $90 million organization, with 19 locations, that positively impacts the lives of nearly 230,000 individuals annually.

“With a lifelong passion for helping people and communities thrive, John F. Flynn has inspired staff and volunteers to tackle many relevant issues that children and families face today – things like Diabetes prevention and management, youth obesity and strengthening poverty stricken communities” added Group Vice President Bertram Lawson who has responsibility for Philadelphia based operations. John will be leaving the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA in a strong, sustainable position largely due to his leadership in the development of strategic partnerships, establishing the YMCA in markets that were previously underserved and promoting a “One Y” approach to its service delivery system.

The Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Sanford Lipstein, has appointed a CEO Transition Committee that will be led by Chair-Elect Jeff Lutsky – to undertake a national search for a qualified candidate to replace Flynn. John will spend the remainder of his tenure continuing to provide exceptional leadership to the staff and volunteers at the Y while assisting the Board with the succession strategy.

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