By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- The new Chief Operating Officer for Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County has experience to spare and can't wait to put it to good use furthering the mission of the organization in the community.
Rob Ranieri has been Chief Operating Officer for several successful companies including The Firefly Group and NuCo2. He has also been the Director of Operations for Sodasystems and president, owner and operator of Kare Pro, a local car wash chain.
"I have a pretty wide range of experience," Mr. Ranieri said. Experience he expects to utilize in staff development, safety, facilities management, even fundraising.
"We're lucky to have him," said David Vaina, communications director for BGCMC. "We think he can make our organization a lot more efficient."
But perhaps his most important experience to prepare him for his new role is that he served on the BGCMC board for more than 10 years, on the BGC state board for more than a year, and was a member of the Children's Services Council of Martin County.
"That gave me a running start," Mr. Ranieri said.
Mr. Ranieri believes wholeheartedly in what the area clubs are doing and hopes to continue to build on what they've already accomplished and elevate the programs to a whole new level.
"I love the organization and the mission," Mr. Ranieri said. "They literally change lives."
He hopes to improve the clubs' reach in the community, serving more families, supplying more kids with the opportunities the clubs offer, and raising more money to support those programs.
Mr. Ranieri is especially excited about the new education program that is being implemented in all the Martin County clubs this year and will be focusing his energy and effort on it and all of the other club programs.
"I want to be there to help the kids in the community reach their full potential," he said.
He's truly looking forward to his new position and using his wealth of experience to further BGCMC's mission.