UNION COUNTY – Russell Triolo, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County and a 35+ Club veteran, was one of four exceptional professionals recognized as a Masters & Mentors recipient from the Academy of Boys & Girls Clubs Professionals during the 106th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) National Conference in San Diego, Calif. As a testament to the Academy’s belief that “enduring lessons are taught by example,” Triolo was recognized for his inspirational leadership and mentoring of numerous staff within the Boys & Girls Club Movement.
Masters & Mentors is a distinguished honor bestowed by the Academy’s National Advisory Council. Triolo was nominated by the National Training and Professional Development Advisory Committee based upon one or more of the following: contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement over a sustained period; successful mentoring of Academy members; demonstrated excellence in the Boys & Girls Clubs profession.
“We are proud to recognize Russell with the Masters & Mentors honor,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA. “Each of the outstanding professionals has demonstrated a commitment to professional growth, development and high-level performance. We are delighted to have him among our distinguished group of leaders.”
Triolo has been affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement for his entire career. He started with Boys & Girls Clubs in 1973 in the position of Program Director at the Club in Garfield. He was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County in 1980, a position he has now held for over 30 years. Russ is also an alumni of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton, where he attended regularly from age 6 – 18. He was named to the charter class of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton “Hall of Fame” in 2009.
Under his leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County has grown from a single clubhouse in 1980 serving 2,000 children to five clubhouses that today provide services to over 7,500 children annually. Triolo has served on countless committees and has been a presenter at conferences on state, regional and national levels. He is a longtime member and supporter of the Garden State Chapter Professional Association, serving as President from 1978-1984 and named Executive of the Year in 2011. He also served as a National Professional Association Board member from 1985-1987 and as Executive secretary of the New Jersey Area Council for 12 years. In 2010, he began serving as Vice President on the newly formed Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America recognized Triolo’s 35 years of service with the “National Service to Youth Award” in 2009. Prior to that, he was selected by The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional Association as the recipient of the Northeast Regional “Contribution to the Profession” Award. Representing the Northeast, he is the only two-time recipient of this prestigious honor having been recognized in both 1997 and 2006. Triolo has dedicated his career to working with professionals and volunteers for the greater good of New Jersey’s youth.
“I am honored to receive the Masters and Mentors award,” says Triolo. “and will continue to teach and share what I have learned for the sake of the children.”
Triolo resides in Clifton with his wife, Linda with whom he recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. Together they raised two children, Robyn and Kristin and are the proud grandparents to Nicholas Caruso, Abby Caruso and Taylor Garibell. He earned his B.A. degree in Special Education in 1972 from William Paterson University in Wayne.
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