Richard Webb, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Next President & CEO

By September 28, 2020 News & Events




Omaha, Neb. (September 25, 2020) – The Chairman of the Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM), Tim Holland, announced today that after a search for a successor to its president and CEO of the past ten years, Ivan Gilreath, the board of directors has selected Richard Webb, former Club member and executive director of 100 Black Men of Omaha.

“BGCM has been very fortunate to have enjoyed a legacy of just six exceptional leaders in our 60-year history,” Holland said. “We are confident that with his personal experience as a Club member and his success as a dynamic community leader, Richard Webb will reach and even raise the bar his gifted predecessors have set.”

Under Mr. Webb’s leadership as Executive Director of 100 Black Men of Omaha, he developed and implemented a three-year strategic plan which doubled its membership and increased funding by 180%, Holland said.

“In Richard Webb, I see an incredible young talent who is mission driven and someone who desires to make a real difference in our community,” said Scott Heider, BGCM Executive Search Committee. “As a Club alumnus, Richard understands the organization and its importance in our community, as we serve nearly 3,000 kids and families each day.”

“As a former Club member, Richard is an excellent role model who embodies the dramatic impact the clubs can have on the lives of its members,” explained Dr. Dele Davies, BGCM Board President. “He brings a passion for the clubs, strong leadership skills and a desire to be a catalyst for transformation in the lives of young people.“

Prior to joining 100 Black Men of Omaha, Mr. Webb served as president of the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is certified by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He is also an active participant and serving on Chancellor’s Board of Counselors (UNMC), graduate of Non-Profit of the Midland’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership – class 12, graduate of Leadership Omaha – class 41. Mr. Webb has received numerous awards as a result of his dedication and involvement with his community including the Urban League of Nebraska YP of the Year (2016), Kaplan University’s Alumni of the Year (2016), Young Black & Influential Award (2018), and was one of the guest panelists at the Striving for Success Summit in 2017, 2018, 2019.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Webb is married to Danita D. Webb. who recently obtained her doctorate in educational leadership. Mr. and Mrs. Webb have four children. During his spare time he enjoys fishing, networking, and spending quality time with his family.

“Richard brings a great background as being a Club Kid coming up,” said Ivan Gilreath, BGCM’s president and CEO for the past ten years. “And he has parlayed those experiences through mentoring and programming to become a successful leader in his own right. I look forward to working through a smooth transition with Richard and continuing to support this great organization.”

Holland said the organization is grateful for Mr. Gilreath’s leadership over the past ten years. “Ivan led us through the greatest period of growth in BGCM’s history. We have never served more kids and families. We are confident Richard will build on the strong foundation and vision Ivan built in the years to come.”

“Our relationship with Ivan, as it has been from the start, is very positive, supportive and collaborative,” Holland said. “He is working closely with our executive committee to ensure a seamless and successful transition for Richard.”

“It is a pleasure and honor to carry the torch forward for such an extraordinary organization as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands,” Mr. Webb said. “The impact that the clubs and the prior CEOs have made on our community is remarkable and I know that with the current leadership team we will make sure to live out our mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, and to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, healthy and caring members of society. As a club Alumni, I know first-hand the endless experiences and opportunities that will be afforded to our young people through upholding this mission.”