Truly Nolen opens Leadership Center

By |  March 3, 2016
Truly Nolen ribbon cutting

Scott Nolen (arms in air), Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Michelle Nolen Senner, Justin Bellet and other company executives celebrate as the ribbon is cut.

On Feb. 24 — Founder Truly David Nolen’s 88th birthday — approximately 100 invited guests were on hand to watch Tucson, Ariz., Mayor Jonathan Rothschild assist Truly Nolen executives in a ribbon-cutting. The ceremony was part of the grand opening of the brand-new, 12,000-sq.-ft.-plus Truly Nolen Leadership Center at 434 S. Williams Blvd. The ceremony also included a $10,000 donation to the Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council to be the title sponsor of the September 2016 Pinewood Derby, an annual Boy Scout event.

Speakers at the event included Mayor Rothschild, Congresswoman Martha McSally’s representative Nancy Heiser — as McSally was in Washington, D.C. for a meeting — Truly Nolen CEO/President Scott Nolen, Truly Nolen Executive Vice President Greg Weatherly and Truly Nolen Director of Marketing and Philanthropy Michelle Nolen Senner.

Truly Nolen Center

An exterior view of the newly opened Truly Nolen Leadership Center.

Previously, the company’s training department and classroom settings for the West were based in Phoenix; however, with corporate headquarters in Tucson for more than 60 years, the company wanted to extend its presence in the local community.

“We were excited when we were able to purchase the land and buildings that will make up our new Leadership Center because it is an investment in our people and their ongoing development,” Scott Nolen said. “The Leadership Center also cements our corporate presence in Tucson, which is particularly meaningful to me as a multi-generational family-owned company.”

Boy Scout Truly Nolen

Bill Lake-Wright and Sam Alboy of the Tucson Boy Scouts of America accept the $10,000 Pinewood Derby title sponsor donation from Michelle Nolen Senner and Greg Weatherly.

Following the ribbon-cutting, guests toured the Leadership Center, which includes a courtyard and stadium seating, full-functioning commercial kitchen, garage-style cookout area, auditorium space for classes, a mock home setup designed to replicate almost any possible pest scenario for training purposes and a “Bug Room” for both employees and the public to explore. This room, complete with live insects in displays along with a pest identifier section, will be used by team members, professionals in supportive industries and even youth in classrooms. Earlier that week, Mesa Verde Elementary second-graders became the first to experience the unique “Bug Room” environment.

“Our employees, franchisees and vendors will be able to travel from all over North America to this campus to learn and train,” said Weatherly. “Our annual managers’ and franchisees’ meeting was held at the Leadership Center last month, and we look forward to helping nearby hotels and restaurants, as well as venues like Old Tucson Studio, in the months and years ahead.”

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