Boy Scouts of America Honors Outstanding Chicago Leaders


President Obama
President Barack Obama

It’s no secret that the Boys Scouts has produced some heavy hitters like Rex Tillerson — CEO of Exxon Mobil, Hank Paulson — Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and CEO of Goldman Sachs, J.W. Marriott Jr. — Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Walter Scott Jr. — Former CEO of Peter Kiewit and Sons, Steven Spielberg — Founder of Dreamwork,  Charles F. Dolan — Founder of HBO and Cablevision,H. Ross Perot — Founder of Perot Systems and former U.S. presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg — Mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP, Sam Walton — Founder of Wal-Mart, Bill Gates — Co-Founder of Microsoft, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama many more. 
So on  Saturday, November 14, the Boy Scouts of America, Pathway to Adventure Council will present five Chicago community leaders with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award in recognition of their outstanding service to inner-city youth.
Whitney Young civil rights activist for whom the award is named.
Whitney Young civil rights activist for whom the award is named.

The award is named after American Civil Rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. who dedicated his life to serving and improving the lives of African Americans across the country.

“Just like Mr. Young himself, this year’s honorees have demonstrated exceptional service and have blazed a trail of leadership in improving life in all areas of our great city,” said Pathway to Adventure Council COO Marc Ryan. “Their dedication to organizations like the Boy Scouts of America make our communities better places to live and work. Mr. Young would be proud to know these fine gentlemen and would delight in not only what they have accomplished thus far, but what they are sure to do in the future.”

James W. Compton, honoree
 James W. Compton, retired CEO, Chicago Urban League

This year’s honorees are:

Shawn Baldwin: Chairman, AIA Group, LLC
Marlow Colvin: Vice President, Governmental Affairs ComEd/an Exelon Company
James W. Compton: Retired CEO, Chicago Urban League/Consultant

Marlow Colvin
Marlow Colvin,  VP Governmental Affairs ComEd/an Exelon Company

Lou Sandoval: Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Karma Yacht Sales, LLC
Howard Patton (posthumously): Retired Regional Director, Department of Treasury Bureau of Public Debt Saving Bond Division

  This year’s honorary chairmen are John W. Rogers Jr, CEO & Chairman of Ariel Investments, and Dr. Ronald J. Temple, CEO of The Center for Global & International Education.

Jonathan Rogers, CEO Ariel Capital
        Jonathan Rogers, CEO Ariel Capital

The award recipients’ contributions include donating funds to send underprivileged youth to camp, facilitating financial-literacy programs, volunteering in Scouting programs, providing jobs and job-trainings, and chaperoning trips aimed at enlightening youth about opportunities to attend college.

The awards dinner also serves as a fundraiser for the Scouting programs the honorees have championed. Last year, the event funded programs for over 1,100 at-risk and low-income youth served by Pathway to Adventure Council. These programs foster lasting relationships between youth and positive mentors, improve self-esteem and promote community service and leadership.


This 7th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 14th 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.

To register, visit
Whitney M. Young, Jr. was an educator and U.S. civil rights leader who spearheaded the drive for equal opportunity for African Americans in industry and government during his 10 years as head of the National Urban League.
The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award recognizes outstanding service by an adult individual or by an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.
Boy Scouts of America, Pathway to Adventure Council serves approximately 23,000 young people across Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana. To learn more, visit
Media is invited to cover the event. Please contact Marketing and Public Relations Director Kate Jacobs at or (847) 271-7906 if you plan to attend.

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