Dan Wartelle has been named the new executive director of The First Tee of Greater Seattle, an international youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to young people.
Wartelle takes over the reins from outgoing Executive Director Heidi Wills, who led the non-profit organization for 12 years before stepping down.
Wartelle is a communications and development executive with nearly 20 years of experience supporting non-profit organizations in the Seattle area.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dan to the organization,” said Craig Bruya, Board president. “His strong background and multiple roles with area non-profit sports organizations, combined with his mission-driven, problem-solving approach to business will be an asset to The First Tee.”
Prior to joining The First Tee of Greater Seattle, Wartelle was vice president of Communications for Special Olympics Washington. During his seven years there, he helped develop the house raffle fundraiser, which grossed nearly $3.5 million each year. Wartelle managed all communications for the organization and held previous positions in human resources and development.
Earlier in his career, he held executive positions in communications, public relations and marketing at Seafair as well as communications positions with Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners.
The First Tee of Greater Seattle serves more than 1,800 young people each year at nine different facilities in King County. The Seattle program recently received approval from Seattle Parks and Recreation to build a junior clubhouse at Jefferson Park Golf Course. Seattle native and PGA TOUR Champions pro, Fred Couples, serves as honorary chair of the capital campaign.