Dallas, Texas - Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), the world's premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders, announces the election of McKeel Hagerty of Traverse City, Michigan, USA to YPO's highest elected office, the 2016-2017 chairman of the YPO International Board. Hagerty, who currently serves as a director on the board, will take office 1 July 2016.
A member of YPO's West Michigan Chapter, Hagerty was elected by peers serving on the organization's international board. He will be YPO's 65th international chairman. Currently, Hagerty serves on the YPO Leadership Committee, the International Board and the Global Leadership Conference Supervisory Committee. Over his fifteen-year membership in YPO, he has served in leadership positions at the chapter and regional level, such as regional chair for the Regional Chairs' Council (2010-2012), and a member of the Membership Committee (2012-2014) as well as at the international level.
"YPO is committed to enriching each member's lifelong journey of leadership, growth and significance through education and idea exchange. After 65 years of connecting business leaders around the world, YPO continues its tradition of being the premiere global network of its kind - and McKeel is the ideal leader to set the path for our next generation of leaders," said 2015-2016 International Chairman Santiago Sanchez, from Guadalajara, Mexico.
"Members of YPO are peers who share in common the achievement of success at an early age, a commitment to learning as a lifelong adventure, and a desire to connect authentically in an environment of trust and confidentiality. McKeel has embodied these tenants, has provided inspiring leadership to the organization, and will continue to help us embrace change with each successive generation of young business leaders," said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO.
Hagerty is the president and CEO of Hagerty Insurance, a company that offers auto insurance as well as services designed for the classic car collector, including hobby-related resources, articles and videos.
His love for cars began at an early age and inspired him to join the family business in 1995. Under his leadership, Hagerty Insurance is one of the most recognizable brands in classic car insurance and an industry leader.
Hagerty started the Hagerty Education Program, a nonprofit that supports educational institutions and shop programs committed to the future of classic cars and giving young people the training they need to learn the art of restoration. He also founded the Historic Vehicle Association and the Hagerty Youth Programs, a youth advocacy program that hosts a series of events to give young people a first-hand experience with classic cars.
"For 15 years, YPO has been a part of my life, and it is an honor to take this next step and serve as the 2016-2017 international chairman," said Hagerty.
YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected through the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange(TM). Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 23,000 peers and their families in 130 countries with access to unique experiences, extraordinary educational resources, access to alliances with leading institutions, and participation in specialized networks to support their business, community and personal leadership. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate US$6 trillion in annual revenues. For more information, visit www.ypo.org.