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YMCA Retirement Fund Board of Trustees Names New President and CEO

As Chairman of the YMCA Retirement Fund’s Board of Trustees, it is my great privilege to announce the Board’s unanimous vote to select Scott Dolfi as the next President and CEO of the Fund.

Scott is a highly experienced and effective general manager in the sectors of life insurance and retirement solutions. A seasoned leader, he brings excellent strategic and operational abilities to the Fund. For 18 years, Scott was successful in the tough-minded, results-oriented world of General Electric. He then spent eight years in progressively more advanced positions at the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Clarkson University and a master’s in industrial and management engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Scott is eager to bring his skills and experience to the YMCA Movement. In addition to his management talents, he is passionate about helping YMCA staff achieve their own financial wellness while they, in turn, dedicate their lives to empowering youth, improving family health, and strengthening communities.

Scott will succeed John M. Preis, who dedicated 19 years to the Fund and is retiring after a stellar 37-year career as a leader of the YMCA Movement. We will always be grateful to John, not only for his management skills, financial acumen, and strategic vision but also for his heart, which always put the YMCA mission and its people first.

The CEO Search Committee was led by Fund Trustee William D. Rueckert, himself a lifelong YMCA leader, from a family long dedicated to the YMCA. The committee undertook a rigorous search process that spanned seven months. They concluded, and the Board concurred, that Scott Dolfi is the ideal person to take the reins of the Fund as we approach our centennial and prepare for another century of service to the YMCA Movement.

The YMCA Retirement Fund started in 1922, more than a decade before Social Security. In its first 97 years, there have only been five CEOs of the Fund. Each one was perfect for his time, as the retirement benefits and investment environment have evolved dramatically.

This is as true today as it was in the past, and the Fund’s mission—to empower YMCA employees to achieve economic security, resulting in loyalty to the YMCA Movement—is as challenging and as important as it has ever been.

We embarked on our search for the next President and CEO knowing that we needed to find a person who could lead our volunteer board and skilled management team as we navigate a low-return, high-volatility investment environment while also possessing vast knowledge about the complexities and the nuances of managing the liability side of a pension fund.

Scott Dolfi is that person. He will start at the YMCA Retirement Fund on June 24, 2019. I am confident that he is the ideal person for the job. The YMCA Movement is incredibly lucky to have him join our family.



William A. Holby
Chairman of the Board