Alex Turek—Slam Dunk for Exeter

Mar 19, 2018

March 16, 2018 (Exeter, NH)—Brendan Power, Chairman of the Board of Southern District YMCA, is pleased to announce Alex Turek as Exeter’s newest teammate: CEO of Southern District YMCA, effective April 2, 2018.

Southern District YMCA is the nonprofit association operating Exeter Area YMCA, YMCA Camp Lincoln, and 15 state-licensed before & after school sites throughout Rockingham County. A CEO search, launched in December 2017, yielded a number of qualified leaders, but Alex Turek jumped to the top.

In addition to Alex’s 24 years of professional management experience that includes growing YMCA program operations, innovating community services, and gaining extensive knowledge of facility expansions, the new CEO is best defined by his teambuilding mindset. Alex has expressed a personal investment in his community, demonstrating that he does not operate as a single player; he is a teammate.

Alex attributes this unique mindset to his creative nature; he discovered a love for music much later in life, but often pushes himself out of his comfort zone to try new things. This adaptability comes from years playing and coaching basketball, his favorite sport (though soccer is a close second!)

“Coaching really prepared me for this role because you learn to observe the strengths of each player and predict how this impacts the team as a whole,” stated Alex. “Each play and each team is unique. As a coach, you have to be willing to adapt your style to assist your players; a CEO needs to be equally adaptable, recognizing the strengths of their teammates—their community—strategizing ways to use those strengths, and filling in where necessary to meet common goals.”

Alex is a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Movement and Study. Most recently, Alex served as the Executive Director of the Andover/North Andover YMCA, doubling the size of their YMCA that includes three indoor swimming pools, managing 15,000+ members, and cultivating strategic relationships to meet community needs.

“The board was really looking for signs of community collaboration; that characteristic pushes a CEO candidate into a league of their own,” said Power. “Alex has the experience and expertise for which we were looking, but he also took the initiative to walk around Exeter, meet with local business owners and reference these relationships in his interview. This made him our ideal candidate. We see his team player attitude rallying the town of Exeter, helping lead the community to raise money for the next phase of expansion: an indoor aquatic center at Exeter Area YMCA.”

Exeter Area YMCA is well positioned for growth with over 6,000 members and increasing collaborations. Through a partnership with The Voice Library, the Y is offering a free communication series to families of active military and first responders. Silver Sneakers is now available at the Y. Odyssey Center is full of teens who have launched a Leaders Club for community service and leadership skills. A grant from Exeter Hospital is making possible free healthy cooking classes for low-income families at the Y. Free use of the YMCA by client partners at One Sky Community Services and Easter Seals is teaching the entire community the value of adaptive programming. In short, Southern District YMCA programs and services change lives and brighten futures because of the community connections throughout the region.

Alex Turek is enthusiastic about the opportunity to collaborate further with community stakeholders, volunteers, and staff to assure a strong YMCA for future generations. Ready to step up to the plate, this innovative leader is prepared to lead the YMCA in its mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Alex lives in Londonderry, NH, with his wife and two sons.

Southern District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.