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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties volunteer Jim Martin receives national Maytag Dependable Leader Award 

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Children with volunteer Jim Martin receiving national Maytag Dependable Leader Award
Jim Martin was named one of seven 2019 Maytag Dependable Leaders in the nation by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has named Jim Martin, CEO & Founder of Sarasota-based Captivation Media Group, a 2019 Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner for his demonstrated dedication to keeping youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties on the path to achieve great futures. This national award recognizes volunteers who are committed to making a difference as dependable and exceptional role models. Through a nationwide partnership, Maytag brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America selected Jim as one of only seven winners in the country to receive this year’s distinction, which includes a $20,000 grant for Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.

The grant will be used to expand the agency's STAR Leadership Training Program, which provides high school students with 65 hours of leadership development training and focuses on active citizenship, roles and responsibilities of civic engagement and understanding local government. By the end of the program, graduates are eligible to serve as a full-voting members on county, city and nonprofit boards or committees.

“Jim was introduced to our organization in 2005, and quickly became involved as an instrumental advocate, dedicated volunteer and dependable leader,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. “Jim’s passion to help youth achieve their full potential and grow as the next generation of leaders is evident in the many ways he continuously volunteers his time, shares knowledge and loans his expertise.”

Over the past 14 years, Jim’ commitment has expanded across the entire operation from programs to resource development and marketing. Examples of his service include volunteering as an advisory board member for the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club; leading a stop-motion class and taught Club members how to produce their own animated film; sitting as a panelist in the organization’s Career Spotlight Series as an expert in entrepreneurship; hiring a Club member as an intern at Captivation Media Group; and attending the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America conference each year.

“The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows Maytag brand to give back to Boys & Girls Clubs staff and volunteers across the country who give tirelessly to their local communities,” said Rosa Keszler, Community Relations Senior Specialist at Whirlpool Corp. “It is our honor to recognize Jim Martin for his exceptional efforts and support for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.”

With a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years, the Maytag brand mission is to build high-performing and dependable products. Boys & Girls Clubs dependably serve youth, enabling them to reach their full potential as high-performing adults. The partnership between Maytag and Boys & Girls Clubs of America seeks to recognize and promote dependability – a quality that is at the core of what the Clubs do every day and is central to Maytag brand. Through its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Maytag has donated more than $5 million to local Clubs in the last seven years.

“This award highlights the work of an organization and people, that I love dearly, and I am honored to accept this award on behalf of my Boys & Girls Clubs family,” said Jim. “It is my hope that this celebration inspires others to start their own unique Boys & Girls Clubs story, because I can tell you, that this feels amazing!”

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, visit bgcsdc.org.

ABOUT MAYTAG BRAND: For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and powerful performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® front-load and top-load washers and dryers, featuring the PowerWash® Cycle, as well as Maytag® dishwashers with the PowerBlast® Cycle. Maytag is also a reliable partner to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in their effort to support communities across America and help young people achieve great futures. Maytag brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading global manufacturer of home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $21 billion in 2017, 92,000 employees, and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on Maytag, please visit Maytag.com or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Maytag or Twitter at @MaytagBrand or @TheMaytagMan. Additional information about the company can be found at Whirlpoolcorp.com.

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