HERKIMER – Arc Herkimer received another feather for its cap earlier this month as President and CEO Kevin Crosely received a national award for his work and achievements.
At a Nov. 2 convention in San Diego, Calif., Crosley accepted an Outstanding Professional Achievement award from the National Council of Executives of The Arc of the United States, said Arc Herkimer Director of Public Relations Joan Reardon.
The award recognizes NCE members who live by the core values of the The Arc, providing leadership that results in “outstanding achievement” and a “significant improvement in supports and services” for the people Arc serves and their families, she explained. Recipients also have been recognized and valued by not only their peers, but also the communities they work in.
“Everything that has happened and every individual award that comes my way, I really see it as a team award, Crosley
said. “I am humbled and deeply honored to receive this award on behalf of the 700 people with disabilities and nearly 400 incredible staff at Arc Herkimer. It is a true honor to be recognized by your peers in the industry and I couldn’t be more proud of the outstanding supports and services we provide for our families in Herkimer County.”
Crosley said he was notified in July that he would be honored with the award, after being nominated by members of his own staff here in Herkimer. He and three of his fellow Arc Herkimer executives made the trip to San Diego to accept the award.
In the past four to five years, Arc Herkimer has successfully launched a number of initiatives and programs that most likely lead to the Nov. 2 award: The Arc/Goodwill store, Herkimer Industries, the Ilion Mall, the professional offices building on East German Street, a rebranding campaign and, most recently, the Arc Park.
“We do a lot of things that are unique,” Crosley said. “The diversity of things we’re trying to do with our revenue, I think, is a little unique. And everything we do is mission-based. We serve our people first and foremost.”
“Kevin Crosley’s vision and leadership transformed Arc Herkimer into a thriving, dynamic social and economic force in the Mohawk Valley, and strengthened the organization’s commitment to provide the highest quality of life and opportunity for personal growth to residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Jon Meyers, Executive Director of The Arc of Arizona and Chair of the 2017 NCE Awards Committee, in a press release. “Kevin, along with the team at Arc Herkimer, is truly an example to be followed by others in this field.”
Despite the accolades showered on Crosley himself, he insists this recent award belongs to his entire team as he alone could not have accomplished anything.
“I’ve always believed in teamwork, even in high school I was always very much a team player,” he said. “There’s truly nothing better than accomplishing something as a team. It really is the most exciting thing.”
The National Council of Executives is a peer membership organization of Arc leaders from nearly 700 chapters nationwide. NCE creates opportunities for exchanging ideas, provides training in professional development and offers support and mentoring for successful leadership. Members work collaboratively to better serve their chapters and their constituents.