Food Bank is in Experienced Hands While Search for New CEO Goes On

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Thanks to the Naples Daily News for this great story on Toby Ives, our interim CEO.

By Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster of the Naples Daily News

Toby Ives doesn't stay in one place for very long.

In the past 10 years, he's been the executive director of five food banks. His average tenure? Four months.

Since retiring in 2004, the 73-year-old has turned his nearly three decades of experience in the industry into a job as the fill-in of choice when food banks lose their chief executives. He served as the interim director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana after Hurricane Katrina and helped launch food banks in South Africa.

In November, he was named the interim CEO and president of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, filling the role while the organization looks to replace Al Brislain, who resigned in October. It's the second such time Ives has held this position. In 2007, he presided over the Southwest Florida food bank as the board searched for a new CEO.

"I think everybody knows his experience," said Keith Scoggins, the chairman of the Harry Chapin Food Bank board of directors. "He's a very calm and easy going person. He doesn't get excited about anything and he generates that kind of feeling among the staff."

Ives got his first taste of food banking in 1988, when a friend encouraged him to apply for the executive director position at MANNA Food Bank in Asheville, North Carolina. At the time, Ives said he didn't know much about food banks but was intrigued by the idea and said he thought it would be "an interesting job for a few years."

Seventeen years later, Ives retired from MANNA Food Bank. During his tenure, the food bank, which served 17 counties in North Carolina, increased the amount of food it was distributing to 15 million pounds.

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