Bangor Y taps local man for CEO

Posted Feb. 17, 2009, at 8:26 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — After a national search that elicited nearly 60 applicants, the Bangor Y has settled on a Maine native to serve as its next chief executive officer.

Patrick Gaetani, president of the Bangor Y’s board of directors, announced late last week that Mike Seile Jr. will take the Y’s reins next month. Seile, a Millinocket native and University of Maine graduate who lives in Glenburn, has held several management positions at ZF Lemforder and its sister organization, Brewer Automotive Components, since 1998. He is vice president of operations at BAC.

“Though there were a number of qualified candidates, Mike’s accomplishments and dedication to our local community truly made him stand out,” Gaetani said. “We are confident that Mike is the right person to lead our Bangor Y.”

Raquel Tibbetts, vice president of Bangor Y’s board and chairwoman of the search committee, also was impressed with Seile’s credentials.

“He was chosen for his significant operational experience, leadership qualities and passion to give back to our Bangor community,” she said in a statement.

Former CEO Robert Reeves announced in mid-November that he was stepping down to take a similar position in his home state of Connecticut. Reeves held the Bangor post for nine years. Peggy Wentworth, the Y’s director of operations, has served as interim CEO since Reeves departed.

“Mike is capable and eager to join our tremendous organization that gives so much to so many in our community, and all of us here at the Y are excited for him to begin,” Wentworth said.

Seile, who is just the 15th CEO since the Bangor Y opened in 1867, takes over at a time when the facility, like many nonprofits, is struggling to keep its finances on an even keel. Membership is down slightly, and donors are not giving the way they once did.

But the Bangor Y, formerly the Bangor YMCA, has merged with the YWCA, which has helped and will continue to help streamline efficiency and reduce costs for the organization.

Seile said he sees this as an extraordinary opportunity.

“Throughout my career I have maintained a personal goal to transition my career in a direction that provides an opportunity to make a difference in my local community,” he said.

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