Team RWB Leadership Changes

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My heart is full, but heavy, as I embark upon my last six weeks as Team RWB’s Executive Director.  For the past five years, it has been my absolute privilege to work for the best Board, staff, volunteer leaders, and members on the planet. Collectively, we have built more than an organization. Team RWB has become a movement that inspires people to strengthen communities, live richer lives, and support others in doing the same. I’ve been on some pretty great teams, but this one is by far the best. And though I am transitioning out of the ED role, I am proud to remain an active volunteer leader and member.

The great news is, on June 15th, JJ Pinter will take the reins and the team will thrive as we continue to enrich the lives of veterans and their families. We have an amazing team in place and they won’t miss a beat.

As for me, my first order of business is to facilitate a smooth and successful transition between now and my last official day on the job. Then, my family and I are going to take some time to re-charge over the summer. After that, we are headed up to Jacksonville Beach to join my close friend Jason and the good livin’ folks at GORUCK.  They are a fantastic company that is committed to making the best gear in the world while building better Americans and giving back along the way. I’m stoked about the opportunity and think I’ll fit right in.

I cannot possibly sum up my thoughts and emotions in this note, but I hope to connect with all of you more over the next month or so. There are a million people to thank, but I would like to specifically express my gratitude to my friend Mike Erwin for giving this opportunity and trusting me to grow and safeguard his vision.

In addition to my transition with JJ, I’m excited to announce that Paul Bell has been elected Chairman of the Board for Team RWB. Paul has served on the Board for the past two years and prior to that he was a member of our Advisory Board since 2012. Paul was previously the President of the Public Sector and Large Enterprise at Dell and is currently an Operating Partner at Lead Edge Capital. Mike Erwin will remain on the Board of Directors and actively involved with Eagle Nation.

If you have any questions or need anything from me, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Again, it has been an honor to serve this community in my current capacity, and I look forward to staying involved.
Blayne Smith, Executive Director | Team RWB

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