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 this year’s keynote speaker 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.
2016 Keynote Speaker – To Be Announced
2016 Distinguised Citizen – Robert M. Simpson
Robert Simpson serves as president of the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO). CenterState CEO is a regional business leadership organization, chamber of commerce, and economic development strategist, based in Syracuse, NY, representing 2,000 members of all sizes. In 2011, Mr. Simpson was appointed by the Governor to serve as co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC), a commission responsible for coordination economic development for Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. He has also actively engaged the Brookings Institution to with the region to develop a Metropolitan Business Plan and a Metropolitan Export Initiative – the region’s most sophisticated planning efforts to date. Prior to joining CenterState CEO, Mr. Simpson worked for defenders of Wildlife, in Washington, DC; served as policy director for the State Environmental Resource Center, in Madison Wisconsin, and served as assistant legislative director for the Office of John D. Rockefeller, IV, in the United States Senate. Mr. Simpson is a native Central New Yorker who graduated from Colgate University in 1997. He earned is master’s degree in Public Administration form the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
2016 Boypower Special Guest- Michael Surbaugh
Scouting was a central component of Mike’s life from early on. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of a steel plant manager.
As Mike worked toward his Eagle Scout rank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he had a brush with his future career. The Pittsburgh Council’s Scout executive met with all Eagle Scout candidates to discuss the value of leadership. Mike’s goal was to be a corporate attorney, but the Scout executive recognized Mike’s enthusiasm for Scouting and told him that one day he could be sitting in the Scout executive’s chair.
After graduating from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in youth agency administration, Mike chose Scouting for his career.
Mike served as a district executive in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1984, and then served as a senior district executive and program director in Syracuse, New York. He then became director of field services, director of development, field director, and development director in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mike’s real aspiration was to run a BSA high-adventure base. But rather than hold out for such a role, he served as the Scout executive in both Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Appleton, Wisconsin.
In 2007, he was asked to interview as the Scout executive in Pittsburgh. He accepted the position at the behest of his wife, Lisa, who reminded him of the prophetic words from that council’s Scout executive years earlier when Mike became an Eagle Scout.
From Pittsburgh, Mike was promoted to BSA group director at the National Service Center in 2014, a position he held until being named Chief Scout Executive in 2015.
Mike is an Eagle Scout and an Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor member, and has completed Wood Badge. He also is proud to have served as camp director and a member of summer camp staffs for 12 years.
2016 Boypower Chairman – David Schneckenburger
David Schneckenburger is the President of Thompson & Johnson Equipment Company, a material handling and compact construction equipment dealer. Thompson & Johnson represents top industry manufacturers including Toyota and Crown forklift trucks and Bobcat compact construction equipment, in a service area that encompasses primarily Upstate New York, Seneca Falls and east. Prior to going to work for Thompson & Johnson in 1981, he worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation as a Sales Representative.
Mr. Schneckenburger is the past Board of Trustees President of both the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) and Dewitt Community Church and continues to serve on both Boards. Previously he was the President of the Rotary Club of Dewitt and remains an active member, and was the Committee Chair for the Syracuse East Region of Young Life. Mr. Schneckenburger is active with Centerstate CEO, serving as a Board member and as a member of the Audit and Membership committees, and has and continues to serve on Thompson & Johnson suppliers’ Dealer Councils.
Mr. Schneckenburger met his future wife, Candee, at Westminster College. There he received his BS in Mathematics (magna cum laude) and served his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, as president. Married in 1979, Mr. Schneckenburger and his wife live in Manlius and have a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.