Thursday, September 8, 2011

Board Member of the Month: Gary Ballas

Gary Ballas (L) with fellow Board Member, Russ Schultz (R), at the Honeywell Spring 2011 Rebuilding Day

Introducing RTS Board Member, Gary Ballas!

"Gary joined the RTS Board in June 2009, after several years of volunteering with Honeywell," said RTS Director, Margie Thirlby. "Gary was one of the first Project Managers that I worked with at RTS, and I have always felt so lucky to work with such an outstanding volunteer. Gary managed two Honeywell projects each year during my first three years at RTS. He always shows great attention to detail throughout the planning process to ensure a successful rebuilding day experience for everyone. I knew that Gary would be a great fit for our Board - we are extremely lucky to have his support. Outside of our programs, Gary has been an asset to our Finance Committee and helping raise new ideas for our organization. Thank you, Gary, for all your contributions!"

Gary with volunteers in Bothell at his own Year-Round Program project this Summer!

1) How did you first get involved with RTS?

I first got involved with Rebuilding Together in 1998 when I moved back to the Seattle area to work for Honeywell. After a couple of years as a volunteer, I was asked to be a project lead, then eventually the general focal person for all the Honeywell sites in the area. In 2008 I reached out to RTS to align Honeywell with the best organized affiliate in the area - one of my best moves ever.

2) What do you enjoy most about being a board member for RTS?

The best part of being an RTS board member is the opportunity to work with a motivated and highly talented team of local professionals with the simple and pure goal of helping others.

3) What are your hopes for RTS in the years to come?

RTS is on a great trajectory of expanding our reach to more clients. I'm looking forward to the results of our efforts to streamline our internal processes. This will be critical to allow us to continue to scale our impact.

Gary in action at Honeywell's Fall 2009 Rebuilding Day!

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