ATLANTA — Boys & Girls Clubs of America has named Russell Triolo, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, to its National Professional Advisory Council. The council is comprised of 23 professionals from across the nation that represent local clubs and provide critical thought and feedback on shaping the direction of the national organization.
Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America said, “This is a prestigious and talented group of experts in the field of youth development and we are pleased to have a person of Russ’s caliber joining the council. Furthermore, Russ has distinguished himself as a leader in the movement always focusing on the advancement and development of youth who need us most to build academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles so they are on track to graduate from High school with a plan for the future.”
Triolo is recognized throughout the movement as a visionary leader. He is also a Boys & Girls Club alumni, having attended the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton regularly from age 6 – 18.
He has been affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America national movement for his entire career. He started with Boys & Girls Clubs in 1972 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 34 years. 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 that today provides services to over 7,500 children annually. Widely recognized as a mentor to his peers, his board and his staff, Triolo always makes himself available to help anyone in need from professional guidance to personal inspiration.
Triolo has served on countless committees and has been a presenter at conferences on state, regional and national levels. In 2010, he began a tenure as vice president on the Board for the New Jersey Boys & Girls Clubs. He is a longtime member and supporter of the Garden State Chapter Professional Association, serving as president from 1978-1984. 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. He has dedicated his career to working with professionals and volunteers for the greater good of New Jersey Clubs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America recognized his 35 years of service with the “National Service to Youth Award” in 2007. 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 2006 and 1997.
In 2011, Russ was named “Executive of the Year” by the Garden State Chapter of The Professional Association of Boys & Girls Clubs. This award is presented annually to a member who holds the title, duties and responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer within their organization and who has made significant contributions to the work of the Boys & Girls Club Movement while in this executive leadership role. He currently serves as Chapter Chairman of the Professional Association.
In May 2012, Russ 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.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America recognized his 40 years of service with the “National Service to Youth Award” earlier this year at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida.
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