Tyler Ellenson, founder and owner of Tyler’s Automotive, finds the Boy Scout motto applicable to all aspects of his life: from the three thriving businesses he oversees in Tigard, Newberg and Wilsonville, to his volunteer position planning activities for the 70 members of Boy Scout Troop 423. Ellenson knows that a community is only as strong as its citizens, which is why he is so dedicated to volunteering. A former Cub Scout himself, Ellenson has enjoyed the time spent with his sons, Tanner, who earned his Eagle Scout last year, and Trever, who is working toward the prestigious award. But he sees his work as Assistant Scout Master as more just a way to bond with his own family – it has a positive impact on a larger group of youth in the community. Keeping kids busy with positive activities like Scouts means they are less likely to have time on their hands to get into trouble. “Scouting really builds character,” he says, noting that it offers experiences
boys can’t get elsewhere, from outdoor adventures, including monthly campouts, canoe trips and a 150-mile bike trip in the San Juans; to merit badges that cover first aid, personal finance, entrepreneurship, dentistry….”You name it!” He has enjoyed watching the boys mature over the years. “Some of them, I can remember when their backpacks were bigger than them, and now they are leading the troop.” In addition to his work with the Boy Scouts, Ellenson loves to support youth sports – from football to cheer to boys and girls basketball. “Come by my office,” he invites, “and you’ll see the walls papered with autographed team posters. I haven’t turned one down yet!” Supporting neighbors by giving back: Ellenson knows that’s the key to a strong community. “Every day I try to earn respect and trust from my customers, my employees and the youth with whom I interact. Success will come if you have the right values.”
Editorial appearing in the May 2012 edition of The Connection a special feature of The Wilsonville Spokeman.