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From: Doug Otto

Columbus

Received: Jan. 23

Decades ago I came to realize that a quality product and hard work can create an opportunity for an organization to succeed, but bad leadership will cause it to fail.

This is true in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds.

Mark Stewart came to the United Way of Bartholomew County less than a year ago as a relative unknown to the local citizenry.

We knew that he was an outstanding young man, but we weren’t certain of his potential as United Way president.

In that year, he has proven to be the leader we needed. Of course, he has the components necessary to round out the formula for success.

United Way employs an outstanding and experienced professional staff and has a dedicated cadre of volunteers, but Mark has taken the reins and led it to unprecedented heights.

If it happens that the $4 million goal is not achieved, there will be no failure.

In 1996 and 1997, it took us two tries to meet what was believed by many to be an unrealistic goal of $2 million.

With the announcement of $3.8 million and growing, a record already has been set under less than perfect circumstances, and this is cause for celebration.

Along with the success of the campaign, Mark has led a human-needs study that will enable United Way to allocate your money where it will do the most good.

And he dresses better than the former leader did.

I want to personally thank the people of Bartholomew County and The Republic for embracing Mark as president of our United Way and for supporting his efforts. You made the right decision.

We knew that he was an outstanding young man, but we weren’t certain of his potential as United Way president.

In that year, he has proven to be the leader we needed. Of course, he has the components necessary to round out the formula for success.

United Way employs an outstanding and experienced professional staff and has a dedicated cadre of volunteers, but Mark has taken the reins and led it to unprecedented heights.

If it happens that the $4 million goal is not achieved, there will be no failure.

In 1996 and 1997, it took us two tries to meet what was believed by many to be an unrealistic goal of $2 million.

With the announcement of $3.8 million and growing, a record already has been set under less than perfect circumstances, and this is cause for celebration.

Along with the success of the campaign, Mark has led a human-needs study that will enable United Way to allocate your money where it will do the most good.

And he dresses better than the former leader did.

I want to personally thank the people of Bartholomew County and The Republic for embracing Mark as president of our United Way and for supporting his efforts. You made the right decision.

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