Manatee Boys & Girls Club hires a new director

vmannix@bradenton.comAugust 7, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Who's going to take Carl Weeks' place as head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County?

Marc G. Dosogne is his name.

Presently chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, Wis., the Chicago native will succeed Weeks, who is retiring after 13 years as president and 42 years overall with the club.

Dosogne, on vacation and unavailable for comment Wednesday, is expected to be on the job in October.

His predecessor is looking forward to showing him the ropes.

"I can't wait to meet him and I'll support him and the organization in any way, shape or form," said Weeks, 64. "I would like him to be able to take all the wonderful things we've done and take it to a new level."

There were 228 applicants for the position, a strong sign of the job's attractiveness within the industry, said Tim Knowles, chairman of the executive search committee.

Dosogne was chosen from three finalists.

"Any one of them would have been an acceptable hire,

but we were looking for the exception to the exception given the shoes this person has to fill," Knowles said. "Marc, in his career, has had a depth of experience meeting all of the big challenges we think are ahead of us with regards to building and expanding club fundraising."

Dosogne spent 10 years with the Oshkosh club, which serves a population of more than 66,000 in east central Wisconsin.

Among his accomplishments:

• Helped develop 12 sites.

• Led "Opening Doors" campaign for a state-of-the-art teen center.

• Secured multimillion-dollar pledges to the club endowment and future building projects.

Dosogne was also executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, Wash., from 1986-1993.

Among his achievements:

• Directed recruitment campaign that grew adult volunteer pool to 1,000-plus.

• Secured $200,000 in city funding, which grew into a multimillion-dollar commitment.

• Acquired real estate, negotiated rezoning and expanded operations from one site to multiple sites.

Dosogne, in his 50s, was the unanimous choice, said Barbara Jennings, chairmanwoman-elect of the Manatee club's foundation board.

"He still has real passion, he's a core club professional, yet he is excited about a new opportunity," she said. "He's really going to be good for the club."

Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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