Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County was recently 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.

Triolo has been affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America national 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. Widely recognized as a mentor to his peers, his board and his staff, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their own right, Triolo always makes himself available to help any one in need from professional guidance to personal inspiration. “Russ has made valuable contributions to so many people’s lives and he always does it with a smile,” said Board President, Robert Genovese. ”He is thoroughly deserving of this honor.”

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Mr. Triolo has served on countless committees and has been a presenter at conferences on state, regional and national levels. In 2O1O, he began a tenure as Vice President on the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. 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’s children.

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. 

Russ resides in Clifton, New Jersey with his wife, Linda. Russ and Linda recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary.  Together they raised two children,Robyn and Kristin and are the proud grandparents to Nicholas Robert Caruso, Abby Caruso and Taylor Garibell. Russ earned his B.A. degree in Special Education in 1972 from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.  

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, which operates facilities in Union, Roselle, Plainfield, Elizabeth and Hillside, serve over 7500 children a year.  They seek to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential and have provided opportunity for youth since 1955. They are part of a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old,conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach. To find out more, please visit