Longtime United Way president announces his retirement

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Bill Robinson is retiring after a 25-year stint as president and CEO of the Okaloosa/Walton United Way.

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Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 18:17 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Bill Robinson wants people to remember him as a person who did the right thing for the right reason during his 25 years as president and CEO of United Way Okaloosa/Walton.

“That’s what it’s all about. You do what you do because you enjoy it,” Robinson said. “This organization is all about people helping people, and I’ve enjoyed being a part of that.”

Robinson announced his retirement last week first to his eight staff members and then to the board of directors. He said this next week also will be spent letting volunteers with the organization know about the upcoming change.

“I was told once that when it’s time, you’ll know,” Robinson said. “It’s time.”

The Memphis, Tenn., man started his career with the Boy Scouts of America, which brought him to Fort Walton Beach in the late ’70s. A few years later, the opening for United Way’s president opened and the rest, as he says, is history.

Since that time, Robinson says he has seen the nonprofit organization through highs and lows. For him, only the positive memories will remain.

“The good times overwhelm the bad times,” he said. “What I’m most proud of is recruiting a board who saw a vision for United Way in their community.



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