It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I inform you that I will be transitioning out of the position as Executive Director of the Grand Central District Association to accept a position at the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. As many of you know, my career has been spent mostly within the field of children and youth and I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our community in this capacity.
Having said that, we have made great strides together over the past 9 months—we have gone from an overwhelming $21,000+ deficit to a healthy financial position; we have members who are engaged and who actively work to promote not only their business but the entire district; and we have been successful at re-engaging with a variety of stakeholders that will have a long term impact on our Association.
My commitment to you, as business and property owners, residents and friends of Grand Central, is that I will work diligently with the Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition and I am committed to getting the district through Pride month. We will be engaging in a search for a new E.D. who will bring the kind of enthusiasm, energy and experience that we need to continue our momentum. I will aid with the hiring and training of our new Executive Director and we will be posting the position within the next 24 hours.
I can honestly say working with you during my tenure as Executive Director has been an incredible experience. I have not only had the pleasure of getting to know you on a professional level but have also been extremely lucky to find a whole new amazing group of friends and colleagues. I am truly humbled by all that we have been able to accomplish together and I am grateful that we have been able to increase the value and perception of both the association and the District.
I wish you and everyone at GCDA the very best and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of Grand Central just in a different capacity. And, of course, GCD remains my favorite part of town and you remain my favorite group of people.
With great sincerity and gratitude,