Executive Director Leaves Pleasant Bay Community Boating

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Education , Boating

P.J. Richardson. COURTESY PHOTO

EAST HARWICH — After about 10 months as executive director of Pleasant Bay Community Boating, P.J. Richardson is taking a different tack.

PBCB board President Ted Baylis made the announcement in an email to the group’s supporters last week. “On Monday, Oct. 28, P.J. Richardson and the PBCB board jointly concluded that a change in leadership was in both his and the organization’s best interests,” Baylis wrote.

“It was a mutual decision,” he said. “We respect P.J. and we have no doubt he’ll do very well in whatever his next position is.”

Pleasant Bay Community Boating is still relatively new and is evolving as an organization, Baylis said. “Ultimately, we all decided collaboratively that it just wasn’t the right fit,” Baylis said. Rather than struggling to make the partnership work, Richardson and the board both deserve credit for recognizing the mismatch “and deciding to act on it right away,” Baylis said.

Richardson, 49, came to PBCB in February from the YMCA of Cape Cod, where he was chief development officer. At the time, PBCB officials touted Richardson’s fundraising ability; at the YMCA, he increased annual campaign revenues from $38,000 to $300,000, while landing $200,000 or more in grant funds each year. He took the place of Charlie Sumner, PBCB’s first executive director.

Richardson could not immediately be reached to comment.

For the immediate future, PBCB will be led by an interim management team led by Jeanne McNett and supported by Baylis and other board members.

“We will take this leadership transition opportunity to assess how to best support PBCB’s talented and dedicated staff to ensure that we successfully design and implement exciting new programs for Summer 2020, and that we make current programs even more successful and impactful than they already are,” Baylis wrote. “Once that review is complete, we expect to launch a search process for PBCB’s next executive director.”

What are some of the skills the board is seeking in the next executive?

“That is evolving,” Baylis said. “That’s one of the reasons why we’re not doing the search right away,” he said. The interim management team will use its experience to “really get a feel for what will be required out of an executive director,” he said.

Operating from its 3.6-acre campus on the edge of the bay, PBCB offers affordable sailing and paddling lessons for young people and adults, and also teaches marine science and environmental stewardship to local youngsters using a 37-foot floating classroom. The group also hosts informative talks about issues pertinent to the bay and the environment.

Baylis said he’s hopeful that a new executive director will be in place in time for next summer’s boating season, and praised the group’s staff, volunteers and supporters for keeping up the momentum.

“PBCB is a wonderful organization where no one person is irreplaceable,” he said.