UNION COUNTY, NJ -  Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, will be attending Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Joint President’s Advisory Council and National Area Council Committee meetings on January 20 – 21. The joint committees are leading the effort to chart the movement’s plans to provide maximum positive impact on the lives of children who need us most through 2025.
 
As a member of the Professional Advisory Council, Triolo is one of 21 professionals from across the nation, which represents local clubs and provides 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 as key member of the council". 
 
 
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 36 years. He was named to the charter class of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton “Hall of Fame” in 2009.
In May 2012, Russ was one of four exceptional professionals recognized as a Masters and 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. 
 
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. Triolo is widely recognized as a mentor to his peers, his board and his staff.