Monti Ackerman: A Passionate Volunteer and Ace Calculator
EVERETT — Monti Ackerman is more comfortable with a calculator.
The device has served him well – both as a financial officer at Fortive and as a volunteer for the YMCA of Snohomish County.
“It’s the big organization where my time goes,” said Ackerman, who serves on the YMCA board.
Ackerman is this year’s recipient of the John M. Fluke Sr. Award. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and community leadership, according to Economic Alliance Snohomish County. Founded in 1970, it is named after the founder of Fluke Corp., a subsidiary of Fortive.
Ackerman has used his financial acumen to help the YMCA and other groups manage costs, generate returns and increase donations. Just like private companies, nonprofits need to keep tabs on their bottom line if they want to expand or continue their much-needed services, Ackerman said.
Ken Kettler, one of the many people who nominated Ackerman for the award, wrote: “He’s a magician when it comes to figuring out the numbers and does a great job of sharing his opinion on what finances tell us. say.” Kettler, who sits on the YMCA board of directors, is president and chief operating officer of Tulalip Resort Casino.
Ackerman was recruited by Fluke in 1981 after earning an accounting degree from the University of Washington.
Fluke and parent company Fortive are headquartered in Everett.
The management of the company oriented him towards community service.
“I started at Fluke when John Fluke Sr. ran the company,” Ackerman said. “The company and Mr. Fluke have always been strong supporters of improving the quality of life in the community.”
Ackerman has also volunteered for the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County, Everett Community College, United Way, and other nonprofit organizations.
But the YMCA has its heart.
Ackerman knew the organization from his childhood in Lake Forest Park.
Until he became a volunteer, however, he didn’t realize the extent of his impact.
“A lot of people see the Y as a gymnasium and a swimming pool. It’s much, much more,” Ackerman said.
It supports community, youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility. “It’s the largest child care provider in Snohomish County,” he said.
During his nine years as a board member, the YMCA opened three new facilities – in Stanwood, Camano Island and a new branch in Everett, which opened in late 2019 at 4730 Colby Ave.
Another nominator, Craig Connell of Click PNW, wrote, “Monti’s passion, dedication and insights have guided the county’s largest nonprofit through prosperity, expansion and leadership changes. Without a doubt, his commitment as a community service volunteer will be felt for decades.
Ackerman is a fan of the board and its chairman, Matt Reinhard. “This is an exceptional group of people who work to support the mission of the YMCA,” said Ackerman.
Board meetings begin with a “mission moment” detailing how the YMCA was able to help someone, he said.
One of the most memorable is a story he heard last month.
The YMCA was able to help a toddler who was socially behind, Ackerman said. The boy’s grandmother, who had adopted him after his mother’s death, asked the Y for help.
The YMCA offered child care and other forms of assistance.
As a result, “this little boy has thrived,” Ackerman said. “Her grandmother was very grateful and appreciated what the Y could do for her family. You hear stories like this repeated many times. It’s still awesome.
He encourages his friends and colleagues to roll up their sleeves and volunteer.
“It’s one thing to financially support an organization,” Ackerman said. “But it’s completely different when you’re involved with them and taking on the challenges. You get to see the rewards first hand – the services they are able to provide people.