PITTSBURGH, PA – The Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council elected Erich Smith, Chief Operating Officer for BNY Mellon Wealth Management, as the organization’s next president during the its Annual Business Meeting on June 13, 2017. In this volunteer role, Mr. Smith will lead the Executive Board, as it works to further the goals of Scouting within Western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and portions of West Virginia. One of his top priorities will be to increase community awareness and support for Scouting in our community while improving the user experience for all participants.
“The Boy Scouts of America had a profound influence on my childhood and helped form the foundation who I am today. I’ve had tremendous opportunities in my life, but I can say without hesitation that my memories of Scouting are every bit as vivid and meaningful as what came later.” said Mr. Smith. “Scouting teaches youth how to set and achieve goals, develops a deep commitment to serve others, and creates leaders for tomorrow who are not only prepared to serve their communities, but also prepared for life and leadership. Just as it did for me.”
Mr. Smith has served in a variety of roles within Scouting beginning as the event chairman for one of the Council’s marquee fundraisers and most recently serving as the Council Treasurer and President-Elect. He succeeds current Board President Scott Cunningham, Vice President and Regional Managing Director of PNC’s Wealth Management Division, who steps down after serving in the role for the last three years.
“On behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council’s youth members and adult leaders, I am honored to welcome Mr. Smith into the role of Council President,” said Sharon Moulds, Scout Executive/CEO. “As a leader in our community, Mr. Smith is a shining example of how our organization positions individuals for success and he will be a great ambassador for sharing the Scouting story throughout the community.”