The United Way of East Mississippi Friday announced the hiring of Thad Quarles of Atlanta to be the organization's president and chief executive officer. It had operated without one since May when former executive director Louis Sutton resigned.
"It's a great day for the United Way. Thad will be taking over Nov. 1," said 2004 fundraising chairman, Bubba Hampton.
Quarles, a retired airline captain and Marine who has spearheaded and coordinated United Way campaigns at Delta Airlines and for the state of Tennessee, says he expects to hit the ground running.
Sixteen community agencies here locally are supported by the United Way.
"Community agencies that are so vital to the quality of life in our area here in east Mississippi and west Alabama.”
Presently, the United Way is right at 50 percent of its $700,000 goal and Quarles says a donation to the United Way isn't just a contribution, but more like an investment in the community.
"Because every dollar that is given to the United Way will reduce the government demand for services for Health and Human Services by $83 and that's not an insignificant number," said Quarles.