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Thank You, and Farewell

August, 2021

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to share the news that my last day at Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will be Wednesday, Sept. 1. Being part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters family these last four years – and seven total – has been the highlight of my career. And while I am excited for my next step in which I’ll return to higher education development, I can’t help but feel sadness at the end of my era with this agency.

This organization has meant the world to me: I met my wife at Big Brothers Big Sisters; my Little Brother Eli remains a close friend; and my BBBS colleagues – locally, statewide, and nationally – are like family to me.

I am immensely proud of the work we’ve done, thanks to your support. Since 2016, BBBS of East Tennessee has been named a Quality Award or better each year, with one Pinnacle Award, one national Agency of the Year semifinalist honor, and one national Agency of the Year win in 2019. This organization is successful not because of one person, but because of a community of people, and I have no doubt our phenomenal success will continue.

In addition to our achievements nationally, BBBS-ETN has been on a record-breaking fundraising pace the last two years. As a result, we’ve invested in our team, expanded our programs, and reached a level of reserves that will keep the agency on stable footing for years to come. Most importantly, we’ve served thousands of youth and families in new and innovative ways—including during a global pandemic when BBBS-ETN services have been more vital than ever.

I take extreme pride in the team we’ve brought together, including a number of new roles that will help BBBS-ETN serve more youth and families, better. Though the departure is extremely difficult for me, I feel confident in the board and staff—and in our leadership team which, collectively, has nearly 20 years of experience with BBBS-ETN.

I’m also thrilled to say that the BBBS-ETN board of directors has named Tyler Boldin interim CEO, effective Sept. 2. Many of you know Tyler personally through his service as BBBS-ETN’s Chief Development Officer, and I’m certain you’ll agree he’s the perfect person at the helm during this time. In terms of next steps, the board has formed a search committee that will launch a thorough search—for more details, visit TennesseeBig.org/careers. I remain confident we have the pieces in place to make this a seamless transition that will propel our agency forward.

I want to end on a note of thanks. Thank you for your standing beside this agency. Thank you for uplifting my team and me. Thank you for your faith in me as a leader. I look forward to maintaining my connection with each of you and with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee—as a donor, advocate, and volunteer.

With utmost gratitude,

–Brent
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