Changes at the OCCC

CEO Leaves to Pursue Academic, Entrepreneurial Interests

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great excitement, mixed with considerable sadness, that I share with you my resignation from the Orange County Conservation Corps.

Effective April 15, 2011, I will be leaving the OCCC to pursue other academic and entrepreneurial endeavors, including consulting options for organizations in distress, or those seeking growth.
Rest assured that the OCCC remains in the talented and dedicated hands of our outstanding Management Team; furthermore, the Board of Directors has made sure that the organization will be overseen by experienced leadership for the foreseeable future.
I leave the OCCC with a deep sense of pride and honor at what has been accomplished since I started five years ago.  At that time, the OCCC faced insolvency due to considerable deficits in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, deeply embedded staffing issues, and loss of significant funding sources.

Since then, the OCCC has overcome the barriers that threatened its existence. We have grown from an average enrollment of 70 to 165. This program year, over 60 young men and women will receive their high-school diploma, compared to 34 in 2005-2006.  The OCCC reached the $1,000,000 mark in scholarships awarded since 2001.

Notable growth. Wonderful accomplishments. Significant successes.  None of this would have been possible without the impressive support of our community. More importantly, the direct connection achieved between a dedicated and passionate staff and the commitment and attitude of the young men and women that seek a better life.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve at the helm of an organization that has made such a tremendous impact in Orange County for the past 18 years. This has been the hardest job I ever loved; while I have filled the shell required by the job description, it is my sincerest hope that that I have imbued it with hope, honor, and passion.

Max Carter
(former) CEO
(now) Average Guy

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