The board of directors of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club has hired Paul Bonell, of Stockton, as the new CEO of the club.
He will replace Richard Jones, who is retiring as president and CEO after 18 years of service. Bonell, 50, will take over Dec. 12. He was chosen from a pool of 46 applicants, said J.P. Badel, chairman of the board. What made Bonell stand out was his extensive financial and business background, he said.
“We feel he is a very good fit for the needs of the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi,” said Badel. “The board is extremely pleased with this selection.”
The applications, which came in from across the nation, were narrowed to 10 people who were invited for an interview. The end of the process consisted of four candidates, who all did extremely well, said Badel.
Bonell served as CEO of Premier Credit Union, based in Stockton, for 21 years. Along with previous experience in the banking industry, Bonell has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofits as a volunteer director for the Stockton Host Lions Club, the Boys and Girls Club of Stockton, St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room and the San Joaquin Office of Education Educational Foundation.
Bonell’s first goal is to solidify funding for the programs that will be starting in 2012, he said. He plans to meet the people who have supported the club in the past, as well as approach possible new donors and show them that the club is a worthwhile institute to support.
“I will look at everything that’s going on with funding. We have to strengthen ties with existing donors but create new revenue streams,” he said.
Bonell holds an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Phoenix and has earned various certificates from trade associations. He lives in North Stockton and plays golf occasionally, but spends most of his free time with his family.
He has been married to his wife, Carol, since 1986, and they have four children: Lindsay, 20; Haley 9; Eric, 7; and Ian, 5.
Bonell said his decision to pursue a new career track was based in part on the birth of Eric, who was born with a brain tumor and was not expected to survive. Eric went through surgery and chemotherapy, and is now tumor-free.
“Eric is a ‘miracle baby.’ His life caused me to examine my priorities and my career, and I was set on pursuing a job that could make a difference in the lives of children,” Bonell said.
When he begins the job on Dec. 12, Bonell will work with Jones for two weeks going over the structure of the organization and meeting employees and donors. Although Jones was not a part of the selection process, he is excited for Bonell to take over.
“I know he has expertise in fundraising and that’s important to the club as well as his love of the Boys and Girls Club,” said Jones. “Those are the attributes that he will have to make this organization as successful as possible.”