Over the past year, Gateway Percussion’s leadership team undertook a significant task to strengthen the foundation of the organization and lead the group to new heights in years to come. After months of hard work, we are very excited to finally share three announcements with our alumni, staff, members, family and friends.
First, with the utmost gratitude and highest regard, we announce that Gateway co-founder and Executive Director Paul Richardson will be retiring from his current position in order to dedicate more time with his family and more focus to his career.
“I feel like I’m the luckiest person in the world. My biggest challenge is finding the time to enjoy all the amazing things in my life. I will remain Gateway's biggest fan as I serve the team in a smaller role.” – Paul Richardson
In his fifteen years with the group, Paul has been a mentor to hundreds of people who were members of the group. He has taught lessons of respect, responsibility, communication, time management, personal finance, and many more invaluable life skills. He has also put in an incomprehensible amount of work and sacrifice that was dedicated solely to making the Gateway organization and member experience the best it could possibly be. We thank Paul and his family for everything they have done for the group over the past decade and a half.
Second, we would like to announce the formation of a new Board of Directors for the Gateway organization. This group has been working diligently behind the scenes over the past few months to nominate new leadership for the group and help with the transition of roles. The Officers and Members at-large of Gateway’s new Board of Directors are as follows:
- Chad Schaedler, President
- Josh Farris, Secretary
- Becky Long, Treasurer
- Lauren Sakowski
- Alex Hurst
- Dana Schwarz
- Paul Richardson
Collectively, this group has over 40 years of experience working with the Gateway organization. Their dedication to the success of the group and its members are self-evident.
Lastly, with Paul’s retirement the Board’s first order of business was to find a new Executive Director. In a unanimous decision by the Board, Gateway is pleased to announce alum and former Battery Coordinator Derek Kelly will serve as Executive Director of the group effective Summer 2018.
Keep an eye out for additional news and details coming soon. We are incredibly excited for what lies ahead for Gateway, and we are extremely proud of the life-changing experiences the staff and leadership of the organization has created over the past fifteen years. Here’s to the next fifteen.