Hartsook Chairman and CEO Receives Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit
Hartsook Chairman and CEO Dr. Matthew J. Beem recently received the District Award of Merit from Blue Elk District, Heart of America Council – the highest district honor awarded a Scouting volunteer. Matt is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America. He has served as Chair for the Heart of America Council‘s Blue Elk District and in many other council, district and unit leadership roles. (Pictured: Dr. Matt Beem, with his wife, Kate, receiving the District Award of Merit)
Hartsook Team Members Share Personal Connections with BSA
After decades of working with councils in the U.S. and overseas, Hartsook has developed unique strategies for the Boy Scouts of America that ensure continued annual fund success while building support for programmatic, expanded capital and endowment fundraising. Our highly skilled fundraising professionals offer sound strategies based on the best experiential and quantitative philanthropic practices. The Hartsook Team has a long tradition of supporting the Scouting program, and many of our team members have a personal connection with the organization:
Co-Founder, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Karin Cox, is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and events. Her son, Austin, participated in Boy Scouts of America, and her father and grandfather were lifelong Boy Scout counselors, Eagle Scouts and leaders. Karin developed the widely adopted Cox Grid, which was first presented in her “Fundraising Events” chapter in Fundraising Practices and Principles, the definitive fundraising text published by Jossey-Bass.
Senior Executive Vice President Murray Blackwelder achieved the Life Scout rank in Boy Scouts of America. During his tenure as Vice President for external affairs at Iowa State University, the University experienced record giving years, completing a $214 million campaign and a $450 million campaign a few years later. He then served as Senior Vice President for Advancement at Purdue University where he directed a campaign to raise nearly $1.5 billion.
Executive Vice President Bud Cooper was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer. He was a Boy Scout with Troop 2 – one of the oldest troops west of the Mississippi still in active service; it is now part of Quivira Council in Kansas. As an adult, Bud was a Scout Leader and helped form new troops in three communities. He was named 2005 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by AFP Mid-America Chapter, and received the 2013 Cardinal Citation Award recipient for lifetime achievement from Labette Community College and the LCC Alumni Association.
Senior Vice President Ross J. Pfannenstiel is an Eagle Scout and worked for the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America for 14 years where he raised millions of dollars and supervised a staff of over 30 employees covering a 19-county metropolitan area. He was Committee Chair for his son’s Cub Scout Pack, and is a Committee Member of the Troop. He is the Patron Lunch Chair for the Golden Eagle District, and a member of the Golden Eagle District Nominating Committee.
Senior Vice President Jason Wood works with BSA councils to help them garner support for the BSA mission. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 12 in Lincoln, Neb. He served as Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 429 at National Jamboree, and is a member of the Brotherhood Order of the Arrow. As an adult, he served as a District Nominating Chair and Pack Treasurer. Jason served as President and CEO of the Pikes Peak United Way (PPUW) in Colorado Springs, Co. where he managed a 35-member team and $5.5 million annual operating budget. He was one of 24 high-potential contributors among 2,000 applicants for the United Way Worldwide Global Resident Fellowship.
Vice President Kristy Burns served as the Development Director prior to joining Hartsook and, for two years, as the Executive Director for a camp regularly used by BSA Packs, Troops, Districts and Councils. Her son is a Cub Scout with Pack 5 in Lancaster. Under Kristy’s direction, clients are raising millions of philanthropic dollars through direct response, strategic special events and major gift efforts.
Vice President Geoff Burns has led several Scout troops both as a camp director and as a leader for his son’s Scout troop. Geoff brings a long history of community service, religious philanthropy and environmental stewardship to the team. Geoff has helped secure several million dollars for clients in leadership, education, and conservation industries. He also provides invaluable strategic insight into the fundraising process.
Graphic Designer Lori Cox has a great appreciation for the mission of the Boy Scouts of America; her father and two brothers were all Scouts. For over twenty years with Hartsook, Lori has designed case statements, success stories and other collateral materials for clients in the U.S. and abroad. Lori has a passion for nonprofits and uses her design skills to create compelling material in support of each campaign.
Director of Support Services Tammy Weinman‘s son, Logan, is an Arrow of Light Scout, and her husband, Jeremy, is an assistant den leader and has been since they were Wolf Scouts. For several years, Tammy has been the Committee Chair for Pack 3692. Tammy facilitates the study process and provides personalized assistance to clients every step of the way. Her commitment to client service creates a culture of excellence.
Business Development and Support Services Associate Ashle Burnett is a Webelos Den Leader for Pack 3692 and has been the den’s leader for three years. She has excelled in administrative office support role assisting various organizations. As part of the Hartsook team, Ashle leverages her strong communications, administrative and organizational skills to elevate the overall client experience.
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