After a comprehensive search process, the Board of Directors is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of the American Camp Association® (ACA). I am delighted to announce that Tom Rosenberg has been appointed chief executive officer of ACA. His first official day as CEO is October 4, 2016.
As you know, Tom Holland resigned as ACA’s CEO to pursue his and his wife Catherine’s dream — to own a camp of their own. We are pleased and excited to have found a very worthy successor to Tom — a successor perfectly suited to lead ACA into the future.
Tom Rosenberg has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He is currently the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he will fulfill his commitments and direct their summer program before joining ACA.
Many of you may know Tom, who has extensive camp leadership experience in both for profit and nonprofit camps. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North Carolina, most of those years as a director. Tom is a past national treasurer and board member of ACA as well as a past board president and treasurer of ACA, Southeastern. He most recently served on ACA’s 2016 National Conference Program Committee in Atlanta. A founding board member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association, Tom was awarded the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Camp Industry Leadership Award as well as the American Camp Association’s National Honor Award and ACA, Southeastern’s Distinguished Service Award.
With an educational focus in business, Tom graduated with distinction from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with an MBA and from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a BS in Management. He is also a graduate of ACA’s Camp Director Institute.
Tom melds his experience in the camp profession with business expertise, inspirational vision, successful fundraising experience, professional agility, organizational skills, and strategic focus — attributes that are essential to achieving success as ACA’s CEO. We are indeed fortunate to have such a thoughtful, dedicated, and experienced leader who is willing to take his commitment to camp, youth development, and ACA to a greater level.
Tom, his wife Pam Sugarman, and their son Daniel live in Atlanta, Georgia. Tom will be dividing his time between the ACA administrative office in Indiana and his home office in Atlanta.
Please join me in welcoming Tom Rosenberg as ACA’s new CEO. We are delighted that he has accepted the position and look forward to an exceptional future under his leadership.
ACA Board Chair
P.S. I would like to give special thanks to ACA’s staff (especially Amy Katzenberger who has agreed to be interim CEO until Tom joins the staff), the search committee, and Tom Holland — for their unwavering commitment to the future of ACA and the value of the camp experience and their tireless work through this transition. Our association and our entire community are stronger for their dedication.