The board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County announced Mark Branch as the organization’s new CEO.

Branch was selected from a competitive field of applicants after a three-month executive search. Over the past year the club has undergone a merger and has three unit locations in Boone County – in Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville. The hiring of this CEO is the final step in the process.

“We are beyond excited to have Mark Branch serving as our new CEO,” board president Rob Schein said. “Mark has a proven track record of strong leadership and has unmatched experience with the Boys & Girls Club. Boone County, and most importantly the youth of Boone County, will benefit from his leadership.”

Branch began his career as a unit director for the Boys & Girls Club in Indianapolis. After seven years at the helm of an Indianapolis club, Branch moved to Cleveland, Tenn., where he was the executive director and oversaw two units and served 1,800 children. After receiving two merit awards, he moved to South Carolina and oversaw three units there. In a three-year period, he increased those three units to five while also leading a capital campaign that raised $7.5 million – exceeding the original $5 million goal. After his success in South Carolina, Branch returned to his roots in Indianapolis and served as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis for seven years. There he was responsible for overseeing a staff of 22 full-time and 90 part-time employees that served 12,000 youth in Marion County.

He joined the national staff of Boys & Girls Club of America in 2006 and most recently served as lead director where he was responsible for managing clubs in the Midwest, Southwest and Pacific-West regions of the country.

Branch was eager to return to a CEO role that would allow him to utilize his three decades of experience and leave a lasting legacy after serving clubs nationwide.

The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County has seen a 60 percent increase in members in the past 10 years, creating a huge community need. The three units collectively serve 450 members daily in before and after-school programs. In total, there are 3,000 members who participate in sports leagues and summer camps.

At the Lebanon Unit, dinner is fed to 75 to 100 children, five days a week. Without the meal provided by the club, most of these children would go hungry until school the next day.

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