After five years with St Pete Pride, Eric Skains has announced that he is stepping down as Executive Director, reports the St Pete Pride website.

Skains stated, “I have learned and grown enormously through this organization, and I am excited about my future journey. St. Pete will forever be a chapter in my life that I am extremely proud of.”

Skains has been instrumental to furthering St Pete Pride’s economic growth. He helped to create financial reserves for the organization that keeps the organization stable and able to accommodate new expenses.

During his time with St Pete Pride, the event’s revenue increased dramatically. He also helped develop the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program, which allows St Pete Pride to assist other nonprofit organizations and make an even greater impact on the community.

St Pete Pride Board President Scion Crowder said, “the Board is extremely thankful for the impact Eric has made, not only to the organization, but to the community and City of St. Petersburg, over the past 5 years.”

When OUTCOAST asked Skains what he will miss most, he replied, “I was just chatting with Paul Sanders. I told him the thing I’ll miss the most will be the InterPride conferences. It’s always been my favorite conference because of all the people, like Paul and others.”

Skains will remain with the organization until the end of August, at which time he will “be heading back home to Texas [and] going into the corporate world.”

St Pete Pride will appoint an interim Executive Director to oversee 2018 St Pete Pride, and then begin a national search for a new, permanent Executive Director.

Read the article on the St Pete Pride website here.