Arnie Biondo – Strategic Partner
Arnie is an innovative and seasoned professional park and recreation leader. He twice led the Carol Stream, IL Park District to win the National Gold Medal award, and twice to Illinois
Accreditation. As Director of Centerville-Washington Park District, OH, he led the agency to
three Gold Medal Finalist awards in six years. Also, at Centerville-Washington, in 2017, a newly developed community engagement process led to the highest tax levy “yes” vote—73%– in Ohio parks history.
Arnie has frequently presented at national and several state conferences on topics including, application of business practices; marketing; customer service; innovation; organizational effectiveness; and, revenue generation. He has served as the Chairperson of the NRPA Revenue Sources Management school and instructed there for seven years. He also served on the state association Boards of Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. Currently, he is Treasurer of the National Association of Park Foundations; and, on the Board of Directors of Marriott’s Harbour Lake Resort, Orlando.
Arnie’s work experience includes successful stints in small, medium and large communities, from under 9000 population to over 1,000,000. His agencies have covered the gamut of conservation, arts, community recreation, sports, fitness and more in special district, city and international organizations.