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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, March 2, 2015

The Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America Hires New CEO/Scout Executive, Carlos Cortez.

Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America Names New CEO/Scout Executive

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, March 2, 2015 — Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that Carlos Cortez will fill its top position of CEO/Scout Executive. Mr. Cortez has twelve years of professional service, having served in urban, suburban, as well as rural areas. “We are excited to have the opportunity to hire a CEO of Mr. Cortez’s background and experience” said Randal Moos, Los Padres Council Board President. “For Mr. Cortez, it is a homecoming, as he was raised in Santa Maria and has a deep connection to the youth of this area”, continued Moos.

Mr. Cortez is a results-oriented, high-energy, hands-on professional, with a successful record of accomplishment in program development, membership, and fund-raising. He is fluent in Spanish and has tremendous experience working in diverse communities. During his time in Scouting, he has significantly increased fundraising support in two California Scout Councils. Mr. Cortez has also been actively involved in forming new Scout Units, which has allowed more youth to participate in Scouting. “I am excited about the chance to help get more Central Coast youth involved in Scouting”, said Cortez. “Given today’s societal challenges, parents are looking for quality programs for their children, Scouting offers that opportunity, and more”, Cortez finished.

Mr. Cortez was recently recognized with the National Award for Marketing Excellence in several categories including Best Website and Best Annual Report. Prior to accepting his position with the Los Padres Council, Mr. Cortez worked for the Western Los Angeles Area Council.

Carlos and his wife Martha have 3 children, Elysha, Noah, and Nathan. Mr. Cortez will assume his new responsibilities for Los Padres Council beginning March 9, 2015.

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Serving over 4,000 young people between 7 and 20 years of age in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, the Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s foremost youth programs of character development and values-based leadership training. If you would like more information about the programs available through the BSA, please contact Los Padres Council’s Service Center at (805) 967-0105.

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