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									Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Names New Chief Executive Officer

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star executive board of directors today
announced the appointment of long-time board member Robert R. Roby as
chief executive officer, replacing former CEO Tammy Richards.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, May 14, 2013 -- The Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone
Star executive board of directors today announced the appointment of
long-time board member Robert R. Roby as chief executive officer,
effective May 20, 2013.

Roby comes to the world’s largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency after a
highly successful legal career focused on civil litigation. Most
recently, he served as a counsel member of the Curran Tomko LLP law firm
in Dallas, which he joined in 2007. Roby replaces former CEO Tammy
Richards, who recently departed to pursue her passion for service in the
areas of education and technology.

Roby has been a long-time leader in the Big Brothers Big Sisters
organization, first joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dallas board of
directors 15 years ago. In 2002, he became board chairman and helped
oversee the agency’s historic 2003 merger with its Fort Worth and
Arlington/Mansfield counterparts to form Big Brothers Big Sisters of
North Texas. He became chairman of the executive board for the newly
merged entity in 2004 and continued to serve on the executive board after
the expiration of his three-year term, before reassuming the chairmanship
last year. For the last 11 years, he has also volunteered as a Big
Brother in the program.

“We are pleased to select a new leader for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone
Star from within our organization’s own family,” said Don Carty,
immediate past chair of the agency’s executive board. “Rob’s leadership
was essential to this agency’s evolution from having a Dallas focus and
an annual budget of less than $1 million, to becoming a dynamic, 100-
county entity today with a budget of nearly $14 million. That experience,
coupled with his life-long passion for community service and his
demonstrated strategic ability to guide non-profits, makes us confident
that Rob will contribute immeasurably to this agency’s continued

In recent years, the organization grew dramatically to become the world’s
largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, taking on the Big Brothers Big
Sisters Lone Star name after merging with community agencies in Northeast
Texas (Paris), West Central Texas (Abilene, Brownwood and San Angelo) and
Greater Houston. The agency also expanded to previously unserved areas
such as Waco, Waxahachie, Wichita Falls, Stephenville and Jack County.

“The opportunity to continue serving this organization, about which I am
so passionate, in a full-time professional capacity is an honor and a
privilege,” stated Roby. “Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star is widely
viewed as a leading non-profit, not only regionally, but also nationally
and internationally. I am happy to accept the challenge of working to
positively impact children’s lives across much of Texas through
professionally supported one-to-one mentoring. We are deeply committed to
building on our past successes in order to provide thousands more
children with positive role models, drawing on the support of our many
generous donors and volunteers.”

Roby has performed extensive service as a leader in community and
professional organizations in addition to his work with Big Brothers Big
Sisters, including positions with the Dallas Bar Foundation and Texas
Association of Defense Counsel. Rob has been an attorney in private
practice for 36 years and was the named, founding and managing partner of
Gwinn & Roby from 1986 to 2007.

Roby earned his B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1974 and
completed his J.D. at the Southern Methodist University School of Law in
1977. He has been repeatedly honored by Texas Super Lawyers and Best
Lawyers for his outstanding litigation practice, and he is a long-time
member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.

“I have personally witnessed Rob’s immense contributions to Big Brothers
Big Sisters and his abiding commitment to bettering the lives of children
through mentoring,” said Charles Pierson, president and CEO of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America and a former CEO of Big Brothers Big
Sisters Lone Star. “His leadership was essential as the Lone Star entity
greatly expanded the reach of its service and earned numerous honors from
the national organization, including the National Agency of the Year
award, the National Board of the Year award twice and the Pinnacle award
three times for affiliates performing at the top of their class. These
accomplishments, and the agency’s ability to serve thousands of young men
and women annually, wouldn’t have been possible without Rob’s tireless
efforts and support.”

About Big Brothers Big Sisters and Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star:
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer
supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children
in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational
success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater
confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians,
schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big
Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer
mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring
matches throughout their course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters
Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its
mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and
behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation,
avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those
of single or low-income households or families where a parent is
incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring,
professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change
their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the
cornerstone of the organization’s 85-year history. Big Brothers Big
Sisters Lone Star serves more than 30,000 children, volunteers and
families through 20 offices and more than 100 counties in Texas. Learn
how you can positively impact a child’s life – donate or volunteer at

Chad Gibson
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
450 E John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75062

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