AMC HAS NEW PRESIDENT, LOOKS FOR MORE MEMBERS

by Christian Mower on January 12, 2012

THE OLDEST CONSERVATION AND RECREATION ORGANIZATION IN THE U.S. IS WELCOMING A NEW LEADER AND THANKING ITS OUTGOING CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF SERVICE.

LAURIE GABRIEL OF JACKSON – WHO CHAIRS THE BOARD OF THE BOSTON BASED NON-PROFIT APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB – DESCRIBES ANDY FALENDER’S PERFORMANCE AS “SPECTACULAR” IN MAKING THE AMC WHAT IS TODAY – AN ORGANIZATION WITH MORE THAN 100,000 MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS WITH AN ANNUAL BUDGET OF $20 MILLION THAT EMPLOYS A FULL TIME STAFF OF 150 PEOPLE.

GABRIEL SAYS THE SEARCH STARTED LAST SUMMER FOR SOMEONE WHO COULD TAKE OVER THE CLUB SHE DESCRIBES AS BEING “IN GREAT SHAPE WITH GREAT MOMENTUM” – SOMEONE WHO COULD CONTINUE PUSHING FORWARD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

THAT SEARCH PROCESS LED TO THE HIRING OF 44-YEAR-OLD JOHN D. JUDGE OF BOSTON, WHO WILL BECOME THE CLUB’S FOURTH CHIEF EXECUTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2012.

GABRIEL SAYS JUDGE IS A VERY EXPERIENCED AND SUCCESSFUL LEADER IN BOTH THE NON-PROFIT AND FOR-PROFIT WORLDS.

JUDGE HOLDS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ECONOMICS FROM STONEHILL COLLEGE AND A MASTER’S DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY’S KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT.

HE’LL FOCUS ON THE CLUB’S LONG TERM STRATEGIC PLAN – CALLED VISION 2020 – HE SAYS HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO USING HIS EXPERIENCE IN BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS TO INCREASE THE IMPACT OF THE AMC IN THE REGION.

JUDGE SAYS HE’S ENERGIZED BY THE CHALLENGES THE CLUB HAS COMMITTED TO TAKING ON OVER THE NEXT DECADE, INCLUDING ATTRACTING HALF A MILLION CONSTITUENTS, HELPING HALF A MILLION KIDS EXPERIENCE WILD PLACES, THE MAINE WOODS INITIATIVE TO CONSERVE LAND AND ENGAGING MORE PEOPLE IN CONSERVATION AND TRAIL STEWARDSHIP EFFORTS.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.outdoors.org.