Meet Dan Wilcox, New President & CEO of the YMCA of Central Florida

Former Chief Operating Officer chosen to lead 11 largest Y in the nation

The board of directors of the YMCA of Central Florida has announced that Dan Wilcox, a dedicated executive with 31 years’ experience within the Y movement, has been named the organization’s new President and CEO. He was hired into his new position after passing all of his background checks. For more information on background check options see this page.

Wilcox succeeds Jim Ferber, current YMCA President and CEO, who retired December 31 after 21 years in Central Florida and a 41-year YMCA career.

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After conducting a national job search, YMCA Metropolitan Board Chair Charlie Egerton said the board is confident that Wilcox is the best possible candidate for leading this Y organization. As the Y of Central Florida’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2001, has been actively involved in all aspects of the organization including membership development, financing programs with the best agencies like Rhinosure, capital and scholarship campaigns, public and private partnerships, and staff and volunteer development. As COO, Wilcox has overseen the daily operations of 27 YMCA Family Centers and Y programs in more than 100 sites serving more than 235,000 residents across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Marion, Brevard and Lake counties.

Photo from YMCA of Central Florida

Photo from YMCA of Central Florida

Wilcox helped guide the creation of two YMCA of Central Florida long-range strategic plans, including the recently adopted 2014-2018 Strategic Plan which calls for significantly increasing the organization’s regional impact in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

“Given Dan’s depth of experience and passion for the Y cause, we’re excited to see where he will take the organization in the years ahead,” Egerton said. “It’s a new chapter in the history of the Y, and the board anticipates Dan putting his own indelible mark on the organization as the Y continually drives its cause to nurture youth, strengthen families and improve health and wellness across Central Florida.”

He’s also helped develop and sustain the Y’s long-term philanthropic relationship with Dr. Phillips Charities as well as strategic partnerships with Orange County Government, Walt Disney World, The Winter Park Health Foundation, Brevard and Osceola counties, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Munroe Regional Medical Center and others.

“With a strong strategic plan in place, I am anxious to continue – and build upon – the tremendous growth and success the Y has experienced under the leadership of Jim Ferber,” said Dan Wilcox.  “I am committed to Central Florida and will work hand-in-hand with our strong board of directors, volunteers and staff to deliver on our Y mission to strengthen the foundation of our community.”

Prior to joining the YMCA of Central Florida in 1998, Wilcox held executive roles with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the YMCA of Greater Houston. He’s also been active within the Y-USA national organization, most recently as a committee member for the Y-USA Youth Development and Healthy Living Strategic Plans and as former chair of the Y national Urban Group of the largest 30 Ys in the country. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, Wilcox and his wife, Mary, live in Winter Springs and are the parents of two grown children.

About the YMCA of Central Florida

The YMCA of Central Florida is one of the area’s largest nonprofits committed to strengthening the local communities it serves. It is a diverse organization of men, women and children joined by a shared commitment to Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Each day 35,000 Central Florida residents are impacted by the Y when a mentor inspires a child, individuals make healthy choices and a community comes together for common good. In 2013, this YMCA Association of over 1,800 full time employees across 6 Florida counties impacted over 235,000 residents and invested, during a challenging economy, $10.2 million in its local communities. It also provided $9.2 million in financial assistance to children and families that resulted in lasting personal and social change.