FREE CEO Elected President of ANCOR’s Board of Directors

July 19, 2018 | Press

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is proud to announce that their CEO, Robert S. Budd, has been elected to the post of President of the Board of Directors for American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR).  ANCOR’s Board of Directors recently held elections for 2018-2019, with terms beginning October 1, 2018. Officers are elected by the ANCOR Board of Directors, serve for one year and can serve a second term in the same position. Mr. Budd is currently Vice President of the ANCOR Board.

“I am a proud member of ANCOR, and I am honored to have been elected their Board President for the 2018-2019 year,” said Robert S. Budd, CEO, FREE.  “I am looking forward to ANCOR continuing to reach new heights, and I have confidence that the collective efforts of our membership will significantly influence the future of our system,” he continued.

Recently, Mr. Budd was inducted into the 2018 ANCOR Foundation Legacy Leaders Circle.  The Legacy Leaders Circle recognizes ANCOR members who have made significant contributions to ANCOR and the broader disability and provider community during their tenure as an ANCOR member.  ANCOR members are part of a national association representing over 1,400 community service providers and 52 statewide provider associations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities.

Mr. Budd joined FREE in 1985 and has held key operations positions most recently named Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He played a key leadership role in expansion of the organization from an annual budget of $1 million in 1985, serving forty-five individuals to a network of organizations providing over $145 million of services in 2017 serving over 25,000 individuals annually.

Mr. Budd has initiated numerous innovative proposals most notably the Network structure that molds the uniqueness and flexibility of distinct smaller organizations with the efficiencies and strength of a larger Network.  Mr. Budd is actively involved with many human service agencies that support people with developmental and other disabilities. He continues to serve and take leadership roles on many advocacy boards, both regionally and nationally. Mr. Budd serves on the boards of New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. (IAC), Long Island Select Healthcare, Inc. (LISH), and Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Inc. (ALIA).

Mr. Budd dedicates time to the field consulting, speaking and training and is pleased to utilize his certification as an A.M.A and Covey facilitator to support colleagues in personal and professional growth.

Mr. Budd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Professional Studies in psychology from Long Island University, CW Post.

About the ANCOR Foundation
The ANCOR Foundation ( is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to develop leaders through dynamic education and innovative practice to strengthen inclusive communities for people with disabilities. The Foundation supports a variety of leadership development and training efforts and honors individual leadership in the industry with its Legacy Leaders Circle awards.

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