Ed Thomas

CEO - Sydney

Ed Thomas hails from Chilton, Wisconsin. His father was a Methodist Pastor, which meant every five years they moved as a family to various cities in Wisconsin, except for the five years as missionaries to Bolivia, South America.

Ed holds a degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  While attending the University, he started his YMCA career as a Youth Sports Director in 1983.  

The first seven years of his professional Y career were in Resident Camping at camps located in Wisconsin and Florida.  In 1991 he left camping to accept the position of Branch Director for the Central Florida YMCA.  After serving eight years in Orlando, he accepted the position as Group Vice-President with the Greater Houston Texas YMCA where he spent the next six years. 

Ed currently serves as the CEO of the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA where he has been since 2005. He is married to his summer camp sweetheart, Edwinna for the past 30 plus years and enjoys camping, most sports, scuba diving and traveling. 

The Christian based mission of the Y was a major influencer as to why Ed chose the Y as a career.  Now more than 30 years later, it continues to motivate him to serve all who are looking to grow in spirit, mind and body.

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