Arnold Pirtle joined Focus: HOPE in October 1998 as the Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer. In September 1999, he was promoted to Manager of Facilities. In that position, he developed and re-organized the Focus: HOPE Facilities Team, which nearly eliminated reliance on outside contractors, improved technical capabilities, and increased departmental support efficiency across campus.
Pirtle has led the completion of numerous face changing capital projects totaling more than $35 million, including:
- A complete renovation with new construction of the 86,000 square foot Focus: HOPE Machinist Training Institute, which also houses Focus: HOPE’s Fast Track and Center for Working Families programs;
- Around $2 million in energy efficiency projects including re-lamping to LED a 17,000 sf center for children;
- Relocating, consolidating and renovating a 128,000 sf onsite warehouse for Focus: HOPE’s Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program then selling the offsite warehouse.
He also championed the successful ISO 14001 certification bringing Focus: HOPE its first environmental management system. Shortly thereafter, he oversaw the integration of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and TS16949 under one quality management umbrella.
In 2005, he became the Director of Facilities and Community Affairs adding the responsibilities of Community Arts and the Community and Economic Development departments. The Focus: HOPE Community and Economic Development Department works to stabilize and rehabilitate the neighborhoods surrounding the Focus: HOPE campus, with the goal of creating a neighborhood of choice, and the Community Arts Department works with teens through arts and diversity programming, with a strong emphasis on their development. Pirtle has also led the Sales, Purchasing and Volunteer departments over the years.
Pirtle is a founding member of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Village of Oakman Manor (55 unit senior independent housing), and until recently a member of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Risk Management Committee, the Presbyterian villages of Michigan Governance Committee and the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Human Resource Committee.
Arnold is currently active and leads his children’s competitive swim team, the YMCA Downriver Southgate Gators. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.