The Free Press
MANKATO — Greater Mankato Growth announced the appointment of an interim leader to head up the organization.
John Kind, former executive director of the YMCA who retired in July, will be the interim leader of GMG while the board searches for the new president and chief executive officer. Jessica Beyer announced in October she would be stepping away from that role at the end of the year.
Kind will begin his position Jan. 2.
“We’re pleased to name John Kind, a longtime, local leader in our community, as the interim leader of GMG,” stated David Krause, GMG board chair, in a news release.
“John’s extensive experience leading a local nonprofit along with his business experience positions him well to lead GMG during this interim period.”
Kind lead the Mankato Family YMCA from 2009 until July of this year. Prior to the YMCA, Kind served in leadership roles including controller, business group vice president, divisional president and senior financial analyst at Taylor Corporation and its divisions for 23 years.
“I’m excited to serve GMG and its members in this interim role as we work to advance business development across our region,” Kind stated. “The committed staff, board members and many volunteers are clearly passionate about ensuring our community and region is positioned for growth and longevity.”
The GMG board formed a search committee to find the organization’s future leader. Beyer will remain through the end of the year to facilitate a smooth transition for the organization, the release said.
Greater Mankato Growth, which has more than 900 members, serves the regional marketplace and is dedicated to advancing business development, regional livability and advocacy.