YMCA’s Robbie Gill on Mergers, Facilities, and Future Plans


Perhaps the last organization one would consider doing mergers and acquisitions would be local YMCA.  But that would not be true this year.  In fact, the YMCA has never been so active in its history as when it formally brought in the Dorchester and Cecil County YMCA programs year while also moving forward with building plans in St. Michaels, Salisbury, and in Centreville.

With those additions, the YMCA serving the Eastern Shore now has ten centers, over 35,000 members covering 2,500 square miles, ranging from Elkton to the North all the way down to Chincoteague Island.

It has been quite a feat for the YMCA’s board as well as staff under the direction of Robbie Gill, which made the Spy all the more curious about this dramatic expansion and what it means for the future of Y programming throughout the region.

In our interview with Robbie, the CEO of this remarkable enterprise makes the persuasive argument that through effective management and efficiency of scale, these ten independent YMCA programs can be united through cost savings, resource sharing, and most importantly to Robbie Gill, the sharing of knowledge and experience.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about the YMCA of the Chesapeake please go here

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  1. Sarah K. Porter says:

    When I walk into the Easton YMCA I am always struck by the fact that it is one of the few truly diverse environments you can find on the MidShore. There are literally all kinds of folks in the fitness center, all shapes and sizes, all ages, many walks of life and varied ethnic backgrounds, and a wide range of intellectual as well as physical abilities/disabilities. Everyone seems friendly toward each other, respectful of personal space, and mostly upbeat. The staff is outgoing, competent and dedicated to providing a good experience for members and their guests. I wish the world outside the Y was more like the world inside! Congratulations to Mr. Gill, the Board and all the staff and volunteers and best wishes for continued success in every facility under your care.

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