A native of Upstate New York, Alan is currently the president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Central Florida. He has brought his extensive knowledge and nearly 20 years of experience of non-profit organizations, community engagement, fundraising and a strong governmental background to this role.
Serving as CEO, Alan is leading this multimillion dollar nonprofit organization as it addresses local needs and drive sustainable growth in the areas of education, income and health within Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties.
Now in Central Florida, Alan is working to continue leveraging his expertise and passion by focusing on growing the donor base – adding 100 new businesses in the 2015 campaign and 68 more in 2016, continue to work closely with Publix, increase the organization’s presence on social media, and building the knowledge and support of programs to advance the common good and create long-term solutions that ensures every child succeeds in school, increases the financial stability of individuals and families, helps everyone live a healthy life and makes sure the essential needs are being met for all – all which helped United Way of Central Florida raise more than $9.2 million, in the 2016 campaign. This completed the largest campaign in the organization’s history.
Alan is also working with United Way Worldwide and other United Ways from across the state, country and globe. In 2017, Alan was elected to serve on United Way of Florida’s Board of Governors. He has recently served on United Way Worldwide’s National Professional Council, the National Presidents Roundtable, and served on the planning committee for United Way’s 2015 Community Leaders Conference. In 2015, Alan also became an Advisory Board Committee Member for United WayWorldwide’s Leaders Engaged in Accelerated Development (LEAD), and then in June 2016 he co-facilitated and taught the ‘Overview of United Way’ program at United Way Worldwide, in Alexandria, VA. Earlier this year, he was chosen as a participant with United Way Worldwide’s year-long Advanced Leadership Program. The program concentrates on building skills in several areas that are critical to the success of a United Way leader.
Prior to arriving in Florida, Alan was at the helm of United Way of Southwest Alabama, as president and CEO. Under his watch, every aspect of the organization had been addressed to make it a more efficient and effective organization. A few highlights include: reorganized their board and staff structure; updated the mission and v
ision; introduced a new community impact process; reduced the administrative and fund raising rate by more than half; and increased campaign funds three years in a row. The 2012 campaign was the first campaign increase in nine years and largest increase in 14 years. In 2014, the annual campaign raised more than $5 million. In 2013, he led the successful merger of HandsOn South Alabama with United Way of Southwest Alabama to increase volunteerism throughout the area. He also successfully spearheaded the merger of Choctaw County to UWSWA’s service area. This increased the service area from three to four counties in 2015. While in Mobile, Alan also served on the United Ways of Alabama (state association) board of directors.
In May 2013, Alan was selected as one of 16 United Way CEOs from across the globe that were selected to take part in the newly created Executive Leadership Development Program. This 14-month, high impact leadership program was co-created by United Way Worldwide and the Center for Creative Leadership. Also in the summer of 2013, he joined a national Graduation Initiative Partnership. This group works to implement United Way’s prioritized national strategies and critical tactics in an aligned manner and creates innovative solutions that can be scaled across more United Way communities. Alan was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the partnership.
Alan has also served as president and CEO for the United Way of West Tennessee, in Jackson, Tennessee. While in West Tennessee, he rewrote the organizations bylaws, restructured the Board of Directors so that the policy making body became more efficient and effective, the United Way expanded their service area from ten to fourteen counties, and achieved their largest increase in their annual fundraising campaign in more than a decade. He lead his organization through crisis, when two major flood effected thousands of families throughout the West Tennessee area, by working directly with FEMA, Disaster Recovery Services and other government, corporate and nonprofit organizations to restore the community. Alan was also active with the state organization, the United Ways of Tennessee. He was elected to serve as the organization’s vice-chair for two years, chair of the task force charged to rewrite the state organization’s bylaws and co-chair of the capacity building committee.
In previous positions, Alan has served as the Executive Director of the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus. Alan worked to help secure funds for the youth bureau system, which provided services to over two million youth. For almost seven years, Alan served with the New York State Assembly, where he managed the communication and legislation efforts of several sitting Assembly members. During his time with the Assembly, Alan managed and worked on several local, state-level and national-level political campaigns. He has also worked with the Boy Scouts of America in Vermont and Florida, as a District Executive. In both states he was recognized for his ability to recruit members and increase youth involvement. An Eagle Scout by the age of 13, he has been involved in Scouting for most of his life. Recently, he continued his involvement by serving as his son’s Cub Scout Den Leader and Pack Cub Master.
His dedication to the nonprofit sector has resulted in the raising of more than $150 million that has been invested in various health and human service programs and organizations. His efforts have positively affected the lives of more than four million individuals and families.
Alan finished his M.B.A. at Union University, in Jackson, Tennessee. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Daemen College, in Amherst, New York. Alan was named one of Daemen’s Distinguished Alumni in 2011. He also earned an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration from S.U.N.Y. Cobleskill, in Cobleskill, New York. Alan has completed Executive Education Programs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School and Kellogg School of Management. Alan is a graduate of several local leadership programs and was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves. He served as a Pharmacy Specialist with the 338th General Hospital Reserve Unit, in Niagara Falls, New York.
Alan enjoys visiting theme parks, touring historical locations, doing genealogy research, but most of all he looks forward to spending time with his family. He has a passion for increasing nonprofits presence on social media and working on his different social media accounts. He has a lifelong commitment to community involvement, devoting his time and energy to a wide range of community and civic organizations. Alan lives in Lakeland, Florida with his wife, Stephanie and their young children, Andrew and Sara.