Wilson transitions from CEO; Biglari named interim CEO and president
After five years at the helm of Haven for Hope, Kenny Wilson is stepping down as CEO and president of the non-profit organization, which offers a place of hope and new beginnings for men, women, and families faced with homelessness in Bexar County. Haven for Hope’s chief operating officer, Molly Biglari, has been tapped to serve as interim CEO and president while a national search for Wilson’s successor is conducted.
“Molly is the perfect person to step into this role,” said Bill Greehey, founder of Haven for Hope and chairman of the board of NuStar Energy. “She shares Kenny’s passion for our mission and has great compassion for the people we serve, and she has proven herself as an outstanding leader in our organization. She is very bright and hard-working, she is a very strategic thinker and she is a person of strong faith. She has a very positive attitude and is an outstanding team player and team builder. In her roles at Haven, she has helped develop much greater working relationships among our staff and with our partners, all of which has been instrumental in Haven’s success. She is also very highly educated, and prior to joining Haven in 2016, she had a very accomplished business career, so Haven for Hope is fortunate to benefit from her experience, expertise and leadership.”
Wilson will stay on with Haven for Hope as chief of strategic relations.
“It goes without saying that Haven for Hope and all of our staff and partners will always be an important part of my life,” said Wilson. “And, while I really can’t imagine leaving Haven entirely, I do think it is a good time for me to transition into this new role, a role that will allow me to continue to support all of Haven’s great work, while also providing me with some time and flexibility for other potential endeavors and for spending more time with my family.”
“Kenny’s leadership has been outstanding these last five years,” said Bill Greehey, Haven for Hope’s founder and chairman of its board of directors. “He is truly passionate about our mission of transforming and saving the lives of homeless individuals and families, and he has been instrumental in our efforts to move thousands of men, women and children from homelessness to happy, productive and independent lives. Even through the incredible challenges of the last year, Kenny’s leadership has helped Haven for Hope remain organizationally and financially strong with highly motivated staff and partners. And we are very fortunate that he will continue to add great value to Haven for Hope in his new role.”
Biglari and Wilson both joined Haven for Hope in 2016. Wilson had previously served as market president for Bank of America in San Antonio.
A national search for Wilson’s successor is underway and is being managed by Lehman Associates of Austin. For information on the opportunity, click here.
Since opening its campus in 2010, Haven for Hope has helped more than 5,700 people exit the transformational campus and move to permanent housing by providing, coordinating, and delivering housing, transformational, and life-saving services to people experiencing homelessness. Haven for Hope’s history goes back to 2005, when business and civic leader Bill Greehey and the Mayor of San Antonio sought solutions to address the issue of homelessness in Bexar County. Today, Haven for Hope provides a residential and service space for those faced with homelessness, serving approximately 875 individuals each day.