Cory Armstrong-Hoss: Making YMCA part of fabric of county

Cory Armstrong-Hoss

More stories about Emerging Leaders 2017

This is one of a series of stories profiling finalists for the Emerging Leaders award, which is presented annually by The Herald Business Journal. The winner will be announced April 6.

Cory Armstrong-Hoss sees leadership as the ability to influence others toward achieving a common vision.

He did that with the opening of the YMCA Casino Road Community Center in 2011, a satellite site of the Mukilteo branch, serving primarily Spanish-speaking families.

“The creation and growth of the YMCA Casino Road Community Center is both my proudest professional achievement and an effective example of my leadership qualities and the results that our teams have created,” Armstrong-Hoss wrote in his nomination form.

It’s also a way Armstrong-Hoss has attempted to make the YMCA an important part of the fabric of Snohomish County.

He started working for the YMCA 20 years ago, serving as a counselor at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor.

He currently is associate executive and director of evaluation at Mukilteo Family YMCA. He’s also served on Casino Road Stakeholders, Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo, United Way and as a youth sports basketball coach.

Armstrong-Hoss said he hopes to combine a mix of compassion, thoughtfulness, tenacity, hope and optimism in a service to others.

“I’m blessed to have grown up in a caring, compassionate family, with parents who modeled service to others throughout my life,” Armstrong-Hoss wrote. “When I think about character, I think about them, as well as the type of father I’m striving to be for my three kids.”

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