4/23/2014 10:17:00 AM Risdon granted 'President Emeritus' status by YEI
Photo by Pat Gallant
Earle Risdon, President Emeritus of Yavapai Exceptional Industries, poses at the annual Christmas Party with Director Bradley J. Newman.
Special to the Tribune
To further celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI), on March 20, the Board of Directors amended its by-laws to create the position of "President Emeritus," and conferred the first-ever honor upon Mr. Earle Risdon, retiring President of the Board.
In nearly 10 years of service to the Board, Mr. Risdon oversaw considerable expansion of YEI's capacity to support adults with disabilities in the cities and towns of the Central Highlands.
Working with Prescott Charities and private and public entities, Mr. Risdon's tenure witnessed establishment of YEI's Rusing Hills Women's Home, Ruger Airpark Industries and most recently Antelope Point at EastRidge. This required considerable advocacy and adroit marshalling of limited resources.
The Board Proclamation also cited Mr. Risdon's having established an annual Executive Assessment for evaluation, accountability and goal-setting. Mr. Risdon also established a tradition of a Christmas Board, Staff, and Family Retreat and Luncheon - a highlight of the holidays at YEI.