J. Randall Waterfield Named 2017-2018 YPO Chairman

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J. Randall Waterfield Elected 2017-2018 YPO Chairman

The YPO Board of Directors elected J. Randall “Randy” Waterfield (YPO Americas Gateway, YPO New York City) YPO Chairman for 2017-2018. Waterfield will take office 1 July 2017, succeeding 2016-2017 YPO Chairman McKeel Hagerty (YPO West Michigan). Waterfield will be the 66th member to hold YPO’s highest elected office.


From left to right: McKeel Hagerty
and Randy Waterfield.

YPO’s greatest assets are embedded in the lives, experiences and gifts that our members share with us each day,” says Hagerty. “Randy is one of those members who brings incredible talents and heart to everything he does in life and YPO.”

Waterfield is the Chairman of Waterfield Group, a diversified financial services holding company that traces its origins to 1928. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, is a member of Mensa and a graduate of Harvard University. He currently serves on the board of directors of Asure Software, SMTC Corporation, Red Oak Partners, WTI Holdings and the Culver Military Summer School.

"I am honored and humbled by the board's election to be YPO chairman for the 2017-2018 term. YPO has been an incredibly powerful influence on my life, business and family. I am extremely excited to give back to the organization and help steward its direction," says Waterfield.

The YPO chairman is elected by member peers on the board. Waterfield continues the legacy of YPO’s founder and first president, Ray Hickok, who set the standard for peer leadership. Today, more than 30 past YPO chairmen are actively engaged with the organization.

The chairman leads the YPO Board, the organization’s top governance body. The board consists of 22 members: YPO chairman, YPO past chairman, 11 YPO-elected directors, five YPO Gold-elected directors and four committee chairs (Learning, Flagship Events, Forum and Networks). The board oversees YPO’s mission, core principles and strategy while pursuing quality at every level of the member experience.

As peer leaders, board members are also active in their businesses, communities and families. These members have deep champion experience in almost every aspect of YPO.

Waterfield is an elected director of the YPO Board and currently serves as chair of the Information Technology Steering Committee and is a member of the Strategy Committee. He joined YPO in 2005 and served in many leadership roles in the YPO New York City Chapter, including membership, education and chapter chair. He went on to lead the Northeastern U.S. Region as its regional chair.

Waterfield and his wife Charmaine have three children. His father, stepmother and brother are also active YPO members.

“Randy’s YPO background is impressive but his personality and gravitas combine to form a special quality that will be incredibly valuable to us going forward,” says Hagerty. “It will be a true pleasure and honor to work with him over the coming year.”

Read more about Waterfield and congratulate him at rwaterfield@ypo.org.

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