Montgomery, AL–The YMCA of Greater Montgomery named Simuel Sippial its 2016 YMCA Man of the Year.
This year’s recipient has not only served as the Finance Chair and Chairman of the Board of the Cleveland Avenue YMCA, but also as the Finance Chair and Chair of the Metro YMCA. He is currently active on the Endowment Board as well as chairs the Property Committee. He is passionate about helping underserved children get a leg up so that they don’t fall further behind.
He graduated from Alabama State University in 1966 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics. He joined IBM Corporation upon graduation from college as a Systems Engineer. He was promoted into a number of local, regional and national first, second, and third level management positions.
His experience with IBM included marketing, marketing management, technical marketing, Business and People Management Instructor, Product Development, Human Resources Management and Consulting, and Software and Hardware Product Installation and Support. He retired from IBM in 1992 and formed a real estate investment company. He was recognized numerous times regionally and nationally for his work.
He served as Board Chairman for Colonial Bank, serving on its Board for 20 years. In addition, he has also served on Boards of more than 30 community organizations, many of which he served as Board Chairman. These organizations include Leadership Alabama, Montgomery and Birmingham YMCA, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The United Way, The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club, Family Guidance Center of Alabama and Job Corps.
For 65 years, teens of the Montgomery student YMCAs have shown their appreciation to the men and women dedicated to serving youth in the community by planning and executing the YMCA’s Man of the Year annual program held the first Monday of December at Trinity Presbyterian Church. At the banquet, students pay tribute to the nominees, one of whom is selected as Man of the Year.
This year’s program, co-chaired by Ellen Park of The Montgomery Academy, and James Sadie of Montgomery Catholic, featured 20 nominees and a guest speaker, Jim Inscoe, YMCA of Greater Montgomery’s 2015 Man of the Year.
For more information about the YMCA of Greater Montgomery’s student YMCA program, please contact Sam Adams, Vice President at [email protected]