Cynthia Tidwell Announces Retirement

Cynthia Tidwell, President and CEO of Royal Neighbors of America®, has announced her retirement. She has led the organization through a critical period of turnaround, revitalization, and growth.

During Ms. Tidwell’s 16-year tenure, Royal Neighbors has seen growth in sales, membership, assets, net income, and has earned several Great Place to Work® certifications. Additionally, in 2021, Royal Neighbors delivered over $21 million in social good through volunteerism and philanthropic impact.

“The Board would like to recognize and thank Cynthia for her visionary leadership and unrelenting dedication to the Society,” stated Suzy Riesterer Chair, Royal Neighbors Board of Directors. “Cynthia leaves the organization in solid financial standing with a strong leadership team and talented employees who will continue to transform the future for the next generation of success.”

“A leader always wants to make sure things are better when they leave than when they got there,” stated Ms. Tidwell in a recent LinkedIn post. And, Ms. Tidwell has done just that. In 2021, Royal Neighbors enjoyed record revenue, increasing profits, growing philanthropic impacts, and an all-time high score from our Great Places to Work employee survey. Ms. Tidwell continued in her LinkedIn post, “I will miss everyone, and the next generation of leadership is ready to continue our success.”

Royal Neighbors Vice President Curt Zeck will serve as Interim-CEO. “Curt, supported by the Board and the leadership team, are committed to ensuring continued focus on our mission, vision, and strategies as we transition leadership,” said Ms. Riesterer in a letter on behalf of the Royal Neighbors Board of Directors. “The board has expressed great confidence in Curt as Interim-CEO, the leadership team, and the 2022 Plan.”