At Captivation Agency, we strive to embody dependability in everything we do. That's why we're thrilled to announce that our founder and CEO, Jim Martin, has been named a 2019 Maytag Dependable Leader by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
This prestigious award celebrates professionals and volunteers who have dedicated their lives to supporting youth. We're proud to see Jim recognized for his lifelong commitment to empowering young people in our community.
In this blog post, we'll share more about why dependability matters to us, provide background on the Maytag Dependable Leader Award, and spotlight all of this year's incredibly deserving honorees.
The Importance of Dependability
Dependability is one of Captivation Agency's core values for good reason. We believe that consistency and reliability are the keys to developing trust and strong relationships with clients. Jim founded our agency on the promise that we will show up every day as a steadfast partner dedicated to delivering great work for our clients.
For over 20 years, Captivation has worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties - the local recipient of the grant award.
At Captivation Agency, we aim to reflect Jim's spirit of dependability in everything we do. We strive to be consistent, diligent, and reliable, especially when times are tough. Because, like Jim, we believe that dependability matters for driving positive change.
About the Maytag Dependable Leader Award
In 2019, Jim joins a distinguished group of over 100 professionals and volunteers honored over the past two decades with the Maytag Dependable Leader Award.
Together, these organizations celebrate dependability as a core virtue of the Clubs’ work and Maytag's appliances.
Each year, Boys & Girls Club employees and volunteers are nominated for the award by their peers. Maytag then reviews the nominations and selects seven recipients to receive the Maytag Dependable Leader Award and a $20,000 grant for their local Club.
Since 2010, the award has recognized over 100 incredible Boys & Girls Club staff members and volunteers across the country. Maytag has provided more than $8.4 million to empower youth development through their support of the award.
Jim was nominated by his colleagues who wanted to honor his lifelong passion for uplifting young people. We're grateful to Maytag and Boys & Girls Clubs for providing this platform to recognize Jim's unwavering commitment.
The 2019 Maytag Dependable Leaders
Jim is joining a remarkable cohort of professionals as a 2019 Maytag Dependable Leader. This year's class features leaders who have overcome adversity and tragedy to continue serving youth. Their stories are inspiring reminders of the power of dependability.
Here is more about each of this year's honorees:
- Corporal Jessica Ziegler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay: Corporal Ziegler works as a Community Liaison, bridging gaps between youth and law enforcement. She provides emotional support to Club members and enhances their success by collecting school supplies, shoes, and food.
- Jim Martin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties: As mentioned above, Jim has dedicated over 20 years to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
- Rosemarie Joiner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana: Rosemarie has worked tirelessly for her Club for over 35 years. She continued her service despite personal tragedies, working to make her city safer.
- Gina McLain, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui: Gina has helped generations of youth thrive through her work with the Clubs. She runs empowerment programs to support young people.
- Barry Woods, Boys & Girls Club of Stamford: Barry has dedicated over a decade to his Club. He runs educational programs that have dramatically improved graduation rates.
- Rodney “Coach DJ” Johnson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Ennis: Coach DJ has impacted thousands of lives through sports, mentoring, and motivational speaking. He shows up day after day to guide youth.
- Lester R. Johnson Jr., Eglin AFB School Age Care: Lester has inspired youth at Eglin Air Force Base through 22 years of service. He provides critical care and education to military families.
We congratulate all of these incredible leaders on being named 2019 Maytag Dependable Leaders. Their stories are reminders that dependability creates meaningful change.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
As background, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a 150-year-old national organization that provides critical after-school care and mentoring to over 4.7 million youth across 4,600 Clubs.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer a safe, caring place for kids and teens to go after school, on weekends, and during summer. At Clubs, young people find mentors, educational programs, character development, healthy lifestyle promotion, and leadership opportunities.
The Clubs focus on empowering youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to discover their full potential. In a survey of Club alumni, 54% said the Clubs saved their lives by providing an alternative to the streets.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America also partners with over 400 military installations worldwide to support youth on U.S. bases. Their dedicated staff and volunteers across the country provide life-changing care to millions of young people.
By recognizing dedicated leaders like Jim, the Maytag Dependable Leader Award celebrates the Clubs' tradition of uplifting youth. Dependability is central to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Here at Captivation Agency, we're excited to see our founder Jim receive national recognition for his incredible service. His passion for supporting young people in our community is contagious. For over 20 years, Jim has shown up, day after day, to provide mentorship and guidance.
Jim's dedication has made Sarasota a better, safer place for generations of children. His story inspires all of us to keep working to be dependable partners to our clients and community.
Congratulations again to all of the 2019 Maytag Dependable Leaders for their remarkable commitments to youth. At Captivation Agency, we know dependability matters.
We strive to honor that in everything we do.