Serving as a volunteer for various United Way’s since 1994, Steven Sykes has a long-standing reputation of volunteerism within the United Way network. After completing the Leadership Development Program sponsored by the United Way of Greater Cleveland, Sykes began his career as a volunteer, serving for eight years on several Fund Distribution Panels before relocating to Fort Wayne in 2003. Steven resumed volunteering with the United Way of Allen County and has been a part of the investment process for the past fifteen years. He is currently a Senior Project Manager at Regal Beloit while simultaneously serving United Way of Alen County as the Team Leader for the Early Childhood Investment Team and as an active member of the Community Impact Committee. In total, Steven and his wife have contributed loyally to United Way for more than 25 years.
When asked why United Way of Allen County is personally important to him, Steven responded by saying, “I appreciate the effort to identify the unique challenges of our community and determining the best approaches in achieving outcomes that directly address these challenges. I have enjoyed working with a diverse set of individuals who all share a commitment to make their city better through community coordinated efforts.”.
In true humility, Mr. Sykes was not even aware of this award or his subsequent nomination but is genuinely humbled to be recognized as the 2020 Monsignor Thiele Award recipient.
Steven fully encompasses what it means to Live United and his ongoing commitment to this community, long-term service, and leadership has earned him the 2020 Monsignor Thiele Award.
Thank you, Steven, for Living United!