"Elaine Reed Named President & CEO of Naples Historical Society"
Naples, FL (October 18, 2013) - Naples Historical Society, Inc. announces Elaine L. Reed has been named President & CEO of Naples Historical Society.
Reed has served the Society as its Executive Director since January 2007 and has been a leading force in re-structuring the Society during her tenure. The new title represents organizational growth and enlightened planning. Reed's role and list of responsibilities will continue as they have evolved in recent years, from leading in the visionary process to recommending strategic definition to establishing organizational and performance standards.
With an MPA from Hodges University, an undergraduate in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati, and over 25 years of marketing under her belt, many with nonprofits when she lived and worked as a consultant in Eastern Europe, Reed claims her time at the Society reflects an amalgamation of professional experiences and that she is enjoying the journey.
Since joining the Society, Reed has helped Naples Historical Society become recognized as a central voice of Naples history, developed a professional staff and volunteer base, and added programming creativity, all of which have lasting implications for the preservation of Naples history. Under her leadership the Society has crafted nine (9) educational programs and three (3) long-term preservation initiatives that collectively address the community's youth, residents, old timers, and visitors to Naples.
She has initiated 19 mutually rewarding community collaborations, all of which continue to generate positive awareness of the Society's and its mission to this day. Membership has tripled, visitor tour revenue is up by 9.2%, and the Society's net worth has grown by 43.3%
According to Reed, her most valued accomplishment has been, "...being a leading participant in the development of a charitable organization that is doing something of genuine value for the community. I can't single out one idea or program or initiative because each has enormous significance." Reed claims that if she is hit by a proverbial bus tomorrow, things will move forward as is planned, and she quickly noted that wouldn't have been possible only two years ago. Sustainability is key, and with a Board led by Mary S. Smith, she has been able to be productive and generate long-lasting outcomes. Although, Reed adds, "There is always more to do."
Board Chair, Mary Smith, adds, "Elaine and I became acquainted when I joined the Board of the Naples Historical Society in 2008. From that time forward we have had the finest working partnership imaginable. With a clear eye to the future and a steady hand in developing and leading Naples Historical Society to higher and higher levels, she has earned this title."
Reed says that the Society is in the best position it has ever been in, and that is the result of an extraordinary working relationship with the Board Chair. "It's a model of how a successful nonprofit should exist. We are fortunate, indeed."
When asked what's next, Reed reveals that the Society is now ready and able to handle other pressing issues related to the preservation of Naples history. She's quick to remind the reader of the Society's tagline, It Takes a Community to Preserve One.
Note: Mary S. Smith, formerly the President, is now the Board Chair, and Michael D. Benson of Insurance Management Consultants, formerly the organization's Vice President, will continue to serve the organization as its Vice Chairman.
Naples Historical Society receives no government funding and relies on membership dues and donations to accomplish its mission. Historic Palm Cottage was built in 1895 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Naples Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to preserving Naples history and heritage for the community and future generations to enjoy.