Greensboro-Area Resident Kristen Rhodes Taylor Receives 2013 “Maytag® Dependable Leader” Award

Award recognizes Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who exemplify leadership and dependability with $20,000 grant for their club
Jan 2, 2014 4:35 PM ET

GREENSBORO, AL, January 2, 2013 – Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced that Kristen Rhodes Taylor has been named a “2013 Maytag Dependable Leader” in recognition for her demonstrated commitment to dependability and dedication to keeping youth on the path to achieve great futures.

Kristen Rhodes Taylor was selected as one of 25 nominees to receive the distinction and a $20,000 financial award to help deepen the impact in the community. The grant will further extend Kristen’s respective focus with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama to continue and enhance her demonstrated commitment to helping youth achieve great futures.  She intends to use the one-time grant to continue programs that keep the community and youth safe.

“Kristen Rhodes Taylor is truly a dependable leader who selflessly gives her time and efforts to the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama and we are proud to see her recognized with this incredible award from Maytag,” said Ron Ross of the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama. “Through the Maytag Dependable Leader Award, Kristen will continue making a positive impact in our community and build upon our reach. We are grateful to Maytag for supporting our organization’s efforts to serve young people and make a difference in their lives.”

Boys & Girls Clubs provides services and support to enable youth to reach their full potential as high-performing adults. With a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years, the Maytag brand mission is to build high-performing products consumers can count on. The partnership between Maytag and BGCA seeks to recognize and promote dependability – a quality that is at the core of what the Clubs’ staff and volunteers do every day and is central to Maytag brand.

“The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows Maytag brand to give back to Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who continue to give tirelessly of themselves to the Clubs and the youth they work with,” said William Beck, senior brand director, Maytag.  “Kristen Rhodes Taylor provides hope and balance; it is our honor to recognize him with this award.”

The Maytag Dependable Club Award recognizes Club professionals and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth, and are dependable and exceptional role models. Kristen Rhodes Taylor will join 25 Dependable Leaders across the country also honored with the award this year.

About Maytag Brand
For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima® front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit

About Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama
The Hale/Greensboro Unit of Boys & Girls Club opened on Monday November 11, 2011 in response to the active community participation to support youth with positive and productive programs and activities. The Club provides more than 155 members with after-school programs, and has a daily attendance averaging 75. The Hale/Greensboro Unit of Boys & Girls Club is an outreach club of The Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama, Inc., focusing on education, career development, character and leadership building, life skills, health practices, and arts and cultural awareness.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and

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