Russ Stoddard Selected as 2014 Vern Emery Award Winner!

The Board of Directors of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA established the Vern Emery Award in 1991 in memory and honor of Vern Emery’s long-term leadership of this community’s YMCA.  It is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer leader based upon the following criteria:

Long-term service to the Treasure Valley Family YMCA and to the community-at-large
Former Service-to-Youth Award recipient
Must demonstrate the personal qualities so characteristic of Vern, including:

  • Caring
  • Compassion
  • Strong leadership and initiative
  • Optimisitc, positive attitude
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to praise and build self-esteem in others
  • Ability to be a role model for others
  • Ability to be a friend to all

This year, we are pleased to announce the 2014 Vern Emery Award Winner . . . Russ Stoddard!

Russ started Oliver Russell in 1991.  He has helped create and shape brands, both for numerous clients (Fortune 500 to small indies) and for himself – he has started four companies (including Social Good Network) and five nonprofits himself.  His work has been featured in numerous publications, from CA to HOW and the Wall Street Journal, and – like anybody who hangs out long enough – has been honored with local, regional, and national creative awards.  He is a pioneer in the world of corporate social impact, and counts as his most valued recognition honors such as the Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation for lifetime community service.

Watch Russ’ Vern Emery Award video here»

The Vern Emery Award presentation took place at the Treasure Valley FamilyYCMA’s 2014 Annual Meeting on June 4th, 2014, at BSU’s Simplot Ballroom.