The HOSA Board of Directors would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Dwight Burgess for his leadership of the organization for the last four years. The creation of the Executive Director position and bringing Dwight on board saw many important changes in the club and his stewardship has positioned the club for great things in the near future.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to HOSA Board President, Bill Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish Dwight nothing but the best in his retirement from youth club soccer. Please see Dwight’s message to the members of the club below.
It was late March 2015 when the HOSA Board invited me to rejoin the organization in the newly established Director’s position. I agreed and immediately entered an extensive review of club operations (facilities, finances, staffing, programs, etc.).
Upon completion, I presented the Board a detailed report of my findings along with a series of recommendations as to how we might go forward. In short, I offered a coordinated plan allowing us to intelligently expand without placing an unreasonable financial burden on our families.
Over the next 18 months the club re-branded as “Locomotive” a direct nod to Hilliard’s history as a community born of the railway system (Hilliard’s Station). We forged new external revenue streams and entered into community partnerships, all of which helped to offset ever increasing operational expenses.
In order to execute our vision we needed the support of many and found it in the form of some truly amazing people (largely volunteers), committed to providing quality programming at an affordable price for all interested children, regardless of age, gender or ability.
My role as the Director wasn’t intended to be permanent and it’s hard for me to believe four years have passed! Nonetheless, after twice delaying my departure, I am today stepping down as HOSA’s Executive Director. While I see this as retirement from the club soccer world, I’ll refrain from using the word “never”.
It’s been a privilege to lead the organization that provided my daughter so much. Wins and losses fade in time, but the friendships forged and fostered as part of the HOSA family last a lifetime. I’m thankful to the HOSA Board for this opportunity and leave confident our club is in great hands (feet?)!