The Boypower Dinner is where the Council raises 26% of its annual budget. Your attendance will assist in the Boy Scouts’ continued success. Plus, with a contribution of $1,250 or more, you’ll get to meet Herman Boone at a private VIP reception before the dinner. You can contribute to the Boypower Dinner by contacting the Longhouse Council to purchase tickets. Contributions may be made in cash or as a pledge.
Coach Herman Boone
In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, Virginia, as three schools were integrated to form T.C. Williams High School. In a story captured by the monumentally popular Disney film Remember the Titans, Herman Boone—portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington—faced the challenge of a lifetime in uniting black and white players from previously rival schools in the newly-created Titan football team.
Tensions only escalated when Boone, assistant coach of the former T.C. Williams High School, was named head coach of the Titans, passing over Bill Yoast, the local favorite and successful head coach of the former (and white) Hammond High. Yoast’s supporters were angered by Boone’s appointment, which was seen as a gesture of goodwill to the black community.
Remarkably, the two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices and in doing so, united their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games. At the same time, through the game of football, Boone and Yoast were able to help their small Virginia community put aside their intolerance and join together to support their children. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, compiling a 13-0 record and going on to win the state championship.
Remember the Titans screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard said in a Washington Post interview, “Herman is Shakespearean. The beauty of Herman and what he did was that it was sort of unconscious. If you’d asked Herman when he took over T.C. Williams, ‘Were you trying to make a point with these kids?’ he would have said, ‘No, I just want to win football games.’ He had to get the players to get along to win football games. And it worked for just that reason—because it wasn’t self-conscious. He did something quite beyond what even he realized.”
Herman Boone is now retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement, and the importance of character.
Allen J. Naples joined M&T Bank in 2005 as a Senior Vice President and Regional President in Syracuse, New York. He is responsible for Corporate and Commercial Real Estate Lending as well as oversight of the Regional Bank.
Mr. Naples joined M&T after serving seven years as Executive Vice President and Regional President for HSBC USA; six years responsible for the Central-Capital Region and one for HSBC’s West Coast Region. Through his 24 year career at HSBC, Mr. Naples held numerous positions including Regional President, Senior Corporate Leader, Senior Project Manager, and Area Executive, responsible for retail, small business, and wealth management. Prior to joining HSBC, Mr. Naples was the Syracuse District Executive for Key Bank of Central New York including a variety of retail positions for over 11 years.
Throughout his career, Mr. Naples has placed a strong emphasis on community services. Mr. Naples’ current community affiliations are numerous and he currently services at the executive or chairman level for a number of organizations including Vice Chairman Board of Trustee’s Onondaga Community College, Executive Committee New York Business Development Corporation, Board of Trustee SRC, Inc., Chairman Emeritus and Board Member CenterState CEO, Chairman of Say Yes for Education Scholarship Campaign, Board of Directors at Bellevue Country Club, Century Club of Syracuse, and Onondaga Golf and Country Club.
Mr. Naples received his Bachelor’s Degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Syracuse University and has received training from the West Point Management School of Career Development, the University of Buffalo in Advanced Leadership, the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia and the Hong Kong Shanghai Corporate Center for Advanced Management Skills. Mr. Naples resides in Fayetteville, New York with his wife, Betsy. The Naples’ have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
John Jabbour, Jr.
Born in Ft Wayne, Indiana, John (or JJ) and his family moved to Albany, New York in 1963; he has been an upstate resident ever since. John attended Milne High School, where he was part of the last graduating class. The Milne school, dating from 1845, was a dual purpose school as it existed both as a high school education program but also as a teacher training environment for SUNY students, one of the earliest practice teaching schools in the country. John then attended Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree, majoring in Marketing and Finance.
He began his professional career for Borg Warner Corporation representing their leasing company known as Borg Warner Acceptance Corporation but was soon recruited by ComDoc Office Systems in 1985. Ultimately he was promoted to Corporate Vice President at the age of 32 and became responsible for the Syracuse, Albany, Utica, Watertown, and Buffalo marketplaces of this $100 million document management company.
In 1997 he and 2 business partners acquired Business Methods from a local Rochester entrepreneur, where John assumed the role of Executive Vice President responsible for sales and service leadership of Central and Western New York State. This company grew its revenues from $10 million to $30 million within seven years, attracting the attention of Toshiba, Inc., a Fortune 500 Global company. JJ and his equity partners then sold Business Methods to Toshiba, Inc. in 2005.
At Toshiba Business Solutions, JJ currently serves as Executive Vice President responsible for the profitability and growth of the Newburgh, Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown and Albany marketplaces. Additionally, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Imaging Supply Center in Rochester.
Committed to the Syracuse area community, he serves as a board member of the Boy Scouts of America, Longhouse Council, one of the largest councils in the country; he also serves as a board member of The MOST (Museum of Science and Technology) in Syracuse; he was also a past board member of the Loretto Foundation.
JJ, a competitive golfer with a membership at the Cavalry Club, also enjoys boating, fishing and skiing. He currently resides in Fayetteville, NY. His daughter Casey recently graduated with “Highest Honors” from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 and his son Austin is a 2nd year Biology major at Geneseo College.
We are pleased to have J.J. as our 2014 Longhouse Council BoyPower Chairman.