Billy George served the YMCA movement for over 40 years, retiring in December of 2020. His career started with the YMCA of Greater Richmond at Camp Thunderbird in 1975.Close
He served that YMCA in many capacities and ended his tenure in Richmond as a Regional Vice President. Among numerous accomplishments, he played an instrumental roll in establishing the YMCA as the leader in school based child care in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia.
Billy joined the YMCA of South Hampton Roads (YSHR) in 1991 as the Chief Operating Officer. During that time, the Association experienced unprecedented growth, adding multiple family centers to the service area. Additionally, the Y expanded into North Carolina, developed two regional day camps and Camp Silver Beach, the YSHR’s first resident camp.
After a national search, The Corporate Board of Directors of the YMCA, named Billy the President/CEO for the South Hampton Roads YMCA in 2012. He served as the CEO for over seven years and during his tenure, fostered the merger with the Portsmouth YMCA and expanded to South Boston, VA., to help a financially challenged Y regain its strength and community impact. Under his leadership, the Y established multiple collaborations and partnerships with local governments, universities, public schools and other non-profits to expand Y services and better meet community needs.
Billy holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute, Class of 2009, a member of the Association of YMCA Professionals and served for 6 years as the Chair of the Virginia Alliance of YMCAs.
Billy makes his home in the city of Suffolk, with his wife of 40 years, Laura. They met when they were camp counselors at Camp Thunderbird. They have two adult sons, Christopher and Andrew. Billy is an avid bass and saltwater fisherman and enjoys golf and family trips.