Gary Butler assumed the position as executive director of the Military Heritage Museum in April of 2018. Gary is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Museum and is part of the leadership team guiding the Museum through its relocation and expansion efforts. With over 37 years of service in the non-profit sector, 22 of those years in executive management roles, Gary Butler has built a national reputation as a transformational leader in the non-profit sector.
Prior to joining the Military Heritage Museum, Gary most recently served as the interim regional executive director for the Charlotte County Family YMCA, where he helped lead the successful acquisition of the Charlotte Y by the Sky Family YMCA headquartered in Venice. Gary also served as chief operating officer for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Between 2009 and 2015, he was responsible for the performance of all BSA affiliates and their 110,000 program sites. Functional accountability included national BSA operations, marketing and communications, human resources, technology, strategy and performance management, program design and development and facility management including oversight of the National Scouting Museum. He led the BSA’s recent transformation journey that included reversing the historic declines in fundraising, financial performance, member retention and growth.
In addition to his regional executive director role with the Charlotte County Family YMCA, Gary also served in the executive director role for three BSA affiliates with headquarters in Kingston, N.Y., Johnston, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y.
Gary also comes from a strong military family. His wife, Sharon, daughter Jessica and son Jonathan are all Army veterans. His son-in-law, Capt. Chris Yankey, is currently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. Gary and Sharon relocated full-time to Punta Gorda following Gary’s retirement from the BSA.