Former BBYO Advisor Walter Solomon Elected Chair of BBYO International Board of Directors
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BBYO is proud to announce that Walter Solomon of Lexington, KY has been elected Chair of BBYO’s International Board of Directors. Solomon succeeds Estee Portnoy of Bethesda, MD.
“Walter is not only an innovative and visionary leader with proven dedication and passion for our movement, but also a phenomenal role model for our teens: a BBYO alum who embodies the skills and values learned as a teen in the organization,” said Portnoy. “It has been an honor to serve as Chair of the Board of BBYO for the past four years, and now I look forward to continuing to work with Walter to further BBYO’s impact.”
During his twenty years in Cincinnati, Walter served as a BBYO Chapter Advisor. As a volunteer, he not only continued his commitment to BBYO, but also to Judaism by helping Jewish teens in the community experience all of the benefits of BBYO – leadership skills, self-confidence, Jewish friends, a stronger personal identity and a sense of Jewish pride.
Walter was even further involved in the Cincinnati Jewish community as he was a member of Adath Israel Synagogue and he also served as: Board Member, Vice President, Strategic Planning of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; Board Member, President of the Board for the University of Cincinnati Hillel; Board Member, Jewish Vocational Services; and Board Member, Rockwern Academy.
Walter, who was deeply involved in BBYO as a teenager in Charleston, SC, was in Cincinnati for 20 years, the first ten years with Procter & Gamble in Marketing/Brand Management and the second ten years running privately-held start-up companies in health care and software. He is responsible for Corporate Strategy and Business Transformation at Ashland Inc.
“BBYO was a formative experience that prepared me to be the person I am today,” said Solomon. “Many of my community, business and personal relationships were fostered while in BBYO and continue decades later.”
Solomon, who became a member of the BBYO International Board of Directors in 2008 and has served as its Treasurer and Vice-Chair, began his term on July 1, 2014.