The Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association (GHHWA) announced Tuesday that Gary Glein will succeed as its board president. Glein has served as a member of the Organization Committee, chairman of the Economic Development Committee and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors.
Glein will replace Al Abbott, who announced his resignation from the Board, in order to focus on his growing client base and the needs of his company.
“This is a great organization with much to offer and much to give to our fabulous community… I support all that the Historic Waterfront Association stands for and does," said Abbott.
“We very much appreciate all that Al brought to the organization," said GHHWA Vice President Paul Kadzik. "We understand and value his commitment to his business and we will miss him on the GHHWA Board.”
Kadzik said he hopes Glein’s experience and knowledge of the community will benefit the organization, which is set up to support economic vitality in the waterfront district.
“Gary’s involvement in the Association almost since its inception provides him with a wealth of knowledge as well as an excellent understanding of our goals and work plans," he said. "His past experience as a consultant and business owner, along with his being a long-time Gig Harbor resident, gives him the insight necessary to lead this organization and move us forward.”
In response to the announcement, the newly appointed president said he was “excited about the role the Association can play in working together with the city, merchants and property owners to promote economic vibrancy consistent with preserving the character of the downtown waterfront area.”
In other board action, Bill Fogarty, local art gallery owner, GHHWA volunteer, and long-time downtown business advocate, was also appointed to the board. Glein and Fogarty will join current board members Paul Kadzik, DDS, Nancy Stolz, Randy Blue, Steve Lynn, Lita Dawn Stanton, Guy Hoppen, Jannae Jolibois, Lloydette Roberts and Jennifer Kilmer.