Local Easter Seals CEO to retire after 32 years

James Vento, president and CEO of Easter Seals Crossroads, is retiring after 32 years at the helm of the Indianapolis-based agency, the not-for-profit said Wednesday.

Vento’s last day with the organization, which provides services to individuals with disabilities and special needs, will be March 31, 2013.

Easter Seals Crossroads Board President Jeff Hokanson said a succession committee has been assembled to recruit “a capable new leader who will build on Jim Vento’s legacy.” The group would like to have a new leader chosen before Vento’s retirement, it said.

Under Ventos, Easter Seals Crossroad’s annual budget grew from about $2 million a year to more than $14 million. The group greatly expanded assistive technology development and computer-training services during that time, and was among the first local groups to initiate an autism program.

The agency estimates that more than 120,000 people received “life-changing services” during Vento’s tenure.
 

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.