The Valley of the Sun YMCA announced today that J. Bryan Madden has been named the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. Madden will start December 1, 2015. The decision was reached after a comprehensive, volunteer-led national search by the Valley of the Sun YMCA Metro Board of Directors.

“In 2016, the Valley of the Sun YMCA will be entering its 125th year of service to our community,” said John Graham, Chairman of the Valley of the Sun YMCA Metro Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have Bryan join us to create a long term plan to position the Valley of the Sun YMCA for success for decades to come. His demonstrated commitment to community, our mission and quality programming makes Bryan an ideal choice. His leadership will help us build upon YMCA’s legacy of fostering youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

With over 15 years of YMCA leadership experience, Madden joins the Valley of the Sun YMCA from Columbia, South Carolina, where he served as CEO of the YMCA of Columbia since 2007. While in Columbia, Madden tripled revenues, cut debt by one third and increased annual donations 11-fold over the past eight years. Prior to that, Madden served as CEO of the Burbank Family YMCA in Burbank, Calif. While there, he rebuilt bridges into the community, revamped strategy and facilitated the process for NAEYC accreditation of Burbank’s highly acclaimed child care program. Madden is a graduate of Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.

“I’m pleased that the Valley of the Sun YMCA has a CEO in place for the long term,” said Valley of the Sun YMCA interim CEO Ralph Yohe. “While I have enjoyed my stewardship to the YMCA, I’m enthused by the Board’s selection. I look forward to my retirement in the Valley and hope to continue to contribute my time and support to Bryan and the success of the Y.”

Madden will lead the Valley of the Sun YMCA that has 16 branches throughout Arizona, including Flagstaff and Yuma; two overnight camp locations in the Prescott area; a Downtown Y Residence Program and over 250 programs serving more than 100,000 families and members.

“My family and I are excited to become members of this vibrant and growing community,” said Madden. “We are grateful to John Graham and the Valley of the Sun YMCA Metro Board for extending this remarkable opportunity to us. I am a firm believer in the importance of involvement within our communities to create collaborative success as we help build stronger families and communities in Arizona.”