Russell Smoldon

Smoldon to receive the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 8, 2014) – Russell D. Smoldon, CEO of B3 Strategies, will be honored by the Greater Phoenix Urban League (GPUL) during its 50th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Dinner. The awards recognize individuals and corporations who have exhibited genuine concern for the community in promoting and celebrating diversity, racial harmony, and social and economic equality.

“We are proud to recognize Russell for his efforts to promote diversity and social equality within the community,” stated George Dean, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Urban League. “He has been a longtime supporter of the GPUL, and continues to work tirelessly to make equality for all a reality rather than a saying.”

Smoldon will be the recipient of the “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award,” which is given to an individual who best exemplifies the principles and philosophies of the late Whitney M. Young, Jr., former Executive Director of the National Urban League.

“I am truly humbled by this award, and so grateful to the Greater Phoenix Urban League for the opportunity to be part of such an incredibly important organization,” stated Russell Smoldon, CEO of B3 Strategies. “Our Mission to help the disadvantaged achieve economic and social equality is so important to the betterment of our communities. When all are equal, all are free.”

Smoldon has been a member and supporter of the Greater Phoenix Urban League for over 20 years, and is the current Chairman of the Board. In addition to the GPUL, Smoldon serves on the board of the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA), the Western Business Roundtable, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the National Conference of State Legislators’ Advisory Council on Energy and National Tax Partnership. He also serves as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Child Support Guidelines and Domestic Relations Committees and the Arizona Highway Users’ Association.

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