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Jimmy Gilmer, executive director of the YMCA of Randolph-Asheboro, describes himself as a ``people person.'

``I'm very people-oriented, especially youth-oriented,' he said. ``I get great excitement being with people and seeing them achieve success and build self-confidence and self-esteem.'Gilmer, who assumed his duties as executive director in December 1985, has spent 25 years working for YMCA organizations. Prior to coming to Asheboro, he served as vice president for the Metropolitan Richmond (Va.) YMCA Association.

The Athens, Ga., native received his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia. He has also done graduate work at Emory University, Springfield College and Florida State University.

As chief executive officer of the Y, Gilmer says he is responsible for total fiscal management, program development, long-range planning and human resources management.

Under Gilmer's leadership the YMCA of Randolph / Asheboro has grown significantly, from 300 members to more than 1,500 members today.

``We had a net increase of 72 new members in January this year,' he said.

Gilmer attributes the growth to the fact that the programs and facilities offered by the Y are available at the right price.

``More people are becoming conscious of value-oriented fitness, meaning more than just recreation programs or more than fitness,' he said. ``Values are important. People are becoming more cost conscious, and they can get a complete fitness program at the YMCA at a cost-effective price.'

Name: Jimmy Gilmer

Residence: Asheboro

Position: Executive director, YMCA of Randolph-Asheboro

What motivates you: Seeing smiling faces on youngsters who achieve a difficult task, likewise with adults; seeing people appreciate what the community provides for their benefit at the YMCA; helping people reach their potential through sports, fitness, recreation and social interaction.

Greatest accomplishment: Helping communities establish strong YMCA program centers and starting new chapters of International Management Council.

Favorite charities: United Way, Mental Health Center

Pet peeve: Healthy people parking in handicapped parking zones

Hobbies: Family time, gardening, fishing, traveling

Family: Wife, JoAnna, speech pathologist, Randleman Elementary School; daughters, Leslie, student at University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ellen, social worker at Medical College of Virginia; Heather, secretary in Washington; and son, Cholly, student at Southwestern Randolph High School.


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