MARSHALL - The Marshall Area YMCA board of directors started with 32 candidates to fill its vacant executive director position and when it was all said and done ended up bringing someone a bit closer to home.
Tracy native Tom Bolin accepted an offer Wednesday to head up the Marshall Area YMCA, closing out a three-month selection process.
"The 'Y' national board informed us that we had the best candidate pool of the last eight searches they've done in Minnesota," said Jana Reilly, president of the board of directors at the Marshall Area YMCA. "We started with 32 applicants - most of them very qualified - fully screened 17, phone interviewed eight and live interviewed two."
Those live interviews took place Monday, Reilly said.
"Tom was a unanimous choice across the entire selection committee, staff and everyone who interacted with him," Reilly said. "He has great people skills, knowledge and passion for the YMCA and great work ethic."
Reilly further described Bolin as detail-oriented and said he had done extensive research on the Marshall community and knows how to add value to the YMCA within the community.
"The selection committee whittled down the 32 candidates in a very thorough manner to get best person for the role," she said.
Bolin said part of the appeal of the Marshall Area YMCA was getting closer to his family and coming back to an area he's very familiar with.
"It was a combination of a great opportunity with a highly-functioning 'Y' and coming back home to family and friends," Bolin said. "It's full circle for me."
A Minnesota State Mankato graduate, Bolin has been serving as the associate executive director of the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA in Willmar. He was part of a training and community program with the Minnesota National Guard called "Guard Our Youth" from 1997-2002 and has been involved in the YMCA, Kiwanis and his church.
Bolin succeeds Tim Olson in Marshall. Olson left in April after three-and-a-half years to take over the same position at the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA. Reilly said a number of events are planned to welcome Bolin to Marshall and introduce him to the 'Y' staff and community.
Reilly said Bolin and his wife Marilyn will be relocating to the Marshall area with their two daughters.
Bolin will officially start at the Marshall Area YMCA on July 9.
"I want to come in and carry on a rich tradition of excellence here," he said. "I'm coming into a very positive position and I hope to continue that tradition."