George Saikali brought 25 years' experience to the Glendale YMCA on May 17, the day he began his duties as its president and chief executive officer.
He was so enthusiastic about starting his new job that he waited only four days after leaving the East Valley YMCA to begin his Glendale post, said Doug Smith, board chairman of the East Valley YMCA.
"He's been a Y guy for 25 years," Smith said. "He knew the values and traditions being with the organization for so long, and he did great things here."
Saikali increased membership by 10% and showed good leadership in reinvigorating the programs there, like Youth in Government, Smith said.
"He worked with Casey Banks, staff coordinator for the Youth in Government program, to get the program started again," Smith said. "I think they had 30 students last year, up from 10 the year before."
And the increase in membership in the various programs led to a retention factor of 6% of members, Smith said.