Established by the National Eagle Scout Association to commemorate the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary in 2010, the NOESA is a prestigious recognition among Eagle Scouts. It celebrates individuals who have demonstrated remarkable achievements well beyond their Scouting endeavors, excelling in their careers and vocations at local, regional, or national levels. These distinguished individuals inspire others through their positive actions, exhibit excellence in their chosen professions, engage in community service, and uphold their religious beliefs.
Tim Hindes, a dedicated Eagle Scout, exemplifies these qualities throughout his life and career. As the CEO of TrailBlaze Creative, Tim leads a diverse team that provides creative human capital and marketing solutions to mission-based organizations across North America. His work at the intersection of creativity, community, and connection has made a significant impact on advancing messages and building communities, both locally and globally.
With a strong foundation rooted in a blue-collar Pittsburgh work ethic, Tim’s entrepreneurial spirit and curiosity have driven him to work with some of the world’s top brands and build extensive networks. His background spans various roles in sales, marketing, strategy, nonprofit administration, grant management, communications, and economic development. Tim’s passion for communications and his commitment to serving others were cultivated during his time as an Eagle Scout and further developed at Allegheny College, where he engaged in service-learning and helped launch and grow campus media opportunities.
One of Tim’s most notable achievements is the creation of the Stronger Than Hate symbol in response to the tragic mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October 2018. This symbol of strength and hope gained international recognition, uniting people under a message of neighborly love and support during a difficult time.
In 2023, Tim’s ability to foster community ethos in the face of disruption was on display again as he and the TrailBlaze team worked with the leadership of East Palestine, Ohio to amplify community resilience in the face of this disaster, while helping the Village to develop strategic economic recovery paths to move forward. Tim’s emerging experience in disruption and community resilience has TrailBlaze actively working in Memphis with executive leadership, in the wake of the murder of Tyree Nichols, to develop proactive community communications and resilience strategies that not only support the crisis, but maintain the community ethos at the same time.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Tim is deeply committed to giving back to his community. He founded the ACORN Society, a charitable foundation supporting outdoor programs for youth development. He serves on the board of directors for Brookline Teen Outreach, an educational and developmental youth center in Pittsburgh, and is involved in numerous other volunteer roles and leadership.
The presentation of the NOESA to Tim Hindes reflects his outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to the values of Scouting, and dedication to making a positive impact on society. The award was presented as part of the Laurel Highland Council’s Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on November 21, 2023, in a manner befitting this national-level honor.