Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington has announced that CEO John Hicks will be retiring from the organization at the end of August.

 “It has been an absolute honor to serve as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington over the last three years,” said Hicks.  “In my opinion, there are few greater missions in life than to serve others, especially children and youth. I will miss the board of directors and staff, but am excited for this next chapter in my life. I am confident that the agency will continue to do great things in the community.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters, which serves children and youth in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, and Grays Harbor counties, has seen 60 percent growth in revenue since 2014. This growth has enabled services to expand into Yelm, Shelton, Chehalis, Raymond and the North Thurston Public School District. New programs and initiatives launched since have increased the number of active mentor/mentee relationships by more than 85 percent.

 “We’re very grateful to John for the strategic path he put the agency on,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Board President Mark Boyer. “I think I can speak for the entire board of directors when I say that I am fully confident in the staff’s capability to continue to serve the community, and facilitate a smooth transition. The new CEO will have big shoes to fill, but will have a quality staff to assist them along the way.

The group is launching a nationwide search for a new CEO, with Hicks to continue to serve through the end of August.