Stan Soderstrom is the executive director for Kiwanis International and the Kiwanis International Foundation. In this role, he is the chief staff executive overseeing worldwide operations, which support more than 650,000 members in 16,000 communities in 80 nations. As executive director, Stan leads a staff team that supports leadership programming, community partnership formation and fundraising. As the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015, he is also helping to guide the organization’s launch into a new century.

Stan’s entire professional career has been one of unique opportunities and entrepreneurial enterprise. In fact, he’s had three different careers in his adult life. First, he worked for Sun Oil Company managing oil and gas exploration projects in far South Texas in the 1980s. He left Sun in 1989 to work as a consultant on various oil and gas and corporate/association management projects. In 1992, he joined the Dallas Cowboys football club to assist in the development of a new retail merchandising/marketing project, The Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, and stayed with that organization for a period that included several Super Bowl championships.

In 1997, Stan joined the staff of Kiwanis International in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for the growth of existing youth leadership programs—and the introduction and development of new membership-based service clubs for elementary school children and adults living with disabilities. During that time, Kiwanis enjoyed a 75 percent increase in total paid membership of its youth and young adult clubs.

In 2009, he became executive director of the organization and its international foundation. In 2011, Kiwanis launched a US$110 million partnership with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a project that is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Stan was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin. He serves on several boards, including Heartland Film (Heartland Film Festival) and the Iodine Global Network. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of North Indianapolis Evening and Zionsville Presbyterian Church. He is an avid baseball fan and enjoys gardening, cooking and dining, and especially good wine. He is married to Misty, his daughter is an artist in Florida, and his son is a United States Marine.

His favorite quote is attributed to Peter Drucker: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” He believes Kiwanis’ work in empowering communities, enabling children, and engaging youth leaders is doing exactly that.