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Manhattan Beach Entrepreneur Elected to Boy Scouts Leadership Role

Feb 04, 2015 08:28PM ● Published by DigMB Staff

Gerry Morton, his family and Scouts attended the Veterans Day Ceremony in Manhattan Beach in 2014.

Manhattan Beach resident Gerry Morton has been elected to lead Boy Scouts of America’s Los Angeles Area Council as it commemorates its 100th year in L.A.

Morton, a successful entrepreneur, was elected to serve a two-year term as president and board chairman beginning in 2015. He will direct LAAC’s leadership team in their mission to improve the lives of youth across the region for the next century.

“I am excited to lead an organization that plays a vital role in helping shape future leaders of our communities,” said Morton, president and CEO of EnergyFirst, a leading company in the all-natural protein and supplement industry, ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. 

“Today, the need for scouting values has never been greater and I am honored to serve the LAAC. Personally, my scouting experiences as a boy and young man helped prepare me for success in business and life. It is a privilege and honor to do my part to ensure that scouting is available to all our boys and generations to come.”

"We are thrilled to welcome an entrepreneur of the caliber, high level of energy and vision as Gerry Morton to lead the Los Angeles Area Council," said Chuck Keathley, LAAC Scout executive/CEO, noting the organization was formed in 1915 in L.A. 

"His level of engagement over the past two years, as president-elect, proved to be a tremendous asset as he helped grow and move the Boy Scouts in exciting directions that I expect will generate huge dividends in the future."

Morton joined Scouting in 1984, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1987, and joined the District Committee in 2001. He has served as Vice President of Membership on the Council Board, as well as Executive Vice President and President Elect. 

Morton holds a master’s degree in nutrition with honors, an Executive MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship with honors from the University of Arizona. He is also a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program.

Currently, the LAAC serves more than 25,000 youth in 40 cities and 100 communities across the greater Los Angeles area, delivering quality programs each year via 5,000 trained adult volunteers. With a focus on character development, scouts are trained to be the leaders of tomorrow.

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