Entrepreneur Supports Community
About Russell Scaramella
Philanthropist Russell Scaramella
oversees fuel products distributor and gas station operator U.S. Oil
Holdings, LLC, which he established in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a
managing member, he utilizes his experience in the retail industry.
Currently, the company maintains a presence throughout the state, as
well as in Florida and Georgia. Russell Scaramella's strong leadership
and business expertise have earned him several honors that include BP's
Operator of the Year Award and the Beacon Award.
Russ Scaramella and U.S. Oil Holdings have contributed substantially to the community by providing jobs and supporting a broad array of nonprofit organizations. Beneficiaries include the Arizona Narcotic Officer's Association, Boys & Girls Club of America, Celebrate Freedom, Families First, Inc., and Toys for Tots. Russ Scaramella has also created scholarships and donated funds to a variety of classroom assistance programs, summer camps, and other educational endeavors at elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as at the university level.
MDA Muscle Walk in Palm Beach
A managing member of US Oil Holdings LLC, Russell “Russ” Scaramella is committed to serving the public. Through his company, Russell Scaramella provides financial support to Autism Speaks, the American Red Cross, and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Commonly referred to as the MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association presents the MDA Muscle Walk of Palm Beach on October 18, 2015. The Florida event takes place at Roger Dean Stadium and raises funds to benefit muscle disease research and program initiatives, including MDA summer camp and clinics. In fact, $53 raised provides a day’s worth of medical supplies at the organization’s summer camp, while $150 funds a physical therapy consultation at an MDA clinic.
The organization set a goal to raise $75,269. Walkers may sign up to participate individually or as a team on www2.mda.org. Monetary donations may also be sent through the website. Online donations require the use of a credit card. Payment options include a single donation or the ability to set up recurring monthly contributions.
Autism Speaks Sponsors IMFAR 2015
Prominent Arizona-based businessman Russell “Russ” Scaramella oversees US Oil and Gas Holdings, LLC, a company that maintains convenience stores and distributes fuel products throughout Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. An active philanthropist, Russell Scaramella gives back to the communities his company serves through charitable contributions to various organizations, including Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks recently sponsored and took part in the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), which was held May 13-16 in Salt Lake City. Established in 2001, IMFAR was launched to promote the exchange and dissemination of the latest autism-related research findings. Today, the international conference is the largest of its kind, attracting researchers, clinicians, scientists, and parents from around the globe.
This year’s meeting featured a variety of presentations and education sessions led by Autism Speaks grantees and staff members. The organization also funded a booth at the event to share the various research activities currently underway at Autism Speaks. Other highlights of IMFAR 2015 included keynote addresses from several prominent autism researchers, such as Roy Richard Grinker, PhD, and Sally J. Rogers, PhD. IMFAR 2016 will take place May 11-14 in Baltimore.
Autism Speaks Hosts Sixth Annual Fall Classic Golf Event
Since 1999, Russell Scaramella has created, developed, and operated numerous fuel-based companies based in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. He currently oversees the gas station operator U.S. Oil Holdings, LLC, which he founded in Scottsdale, Arizona. A philanthropic individual, Russell Scaramella and U.S. Oil Holdings, LLC, donated $41,000 to Autism Speaks for its spring/fall Puzzle Piece campaign and Fueling the Communities grant, and as a Gold Sponsor for its annual walk.
Founded in 2005, Autism Speaks began when Bob and Suzanne Wright founded an organization to help their grandchild who has autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to kick-start their efforts. Since the organization’s inception, it has grown to be the world’s leading autism advocacy and science organization.
On September 28, 2015, Autism Speaks hosted its sixth annual Autism Speaks Fall Classic at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Nearly 200 golfers participated. The organization’s cofounders served as the event’s honorary co-chairs. The daylong event began with a putting contest qualification followed by a shotgun start for the best-ball format. The day concluded with an evening reception, which included cocktails, silent and live auctions, and evening program.
Georgia Tech Football Earns Two ACC Honors
As the owner and managing member of US Oil and Gas Holdings, LLC, Russell “Russ” Scaramella operates several convenience retailers and gas stations throughout Arizona, Georgia, and Florida, in addition to distributing fuel products throughout the United States. An accomplished entrepreneur, Russell Scaramella draws on his resources to support a variety of charitable causes and educational institutions. The recipients of his generosity include Georgia Tech University, where US Oil and Gas Holdings serves as a sponsor of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football program.
Georgia Tech football recently received two honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In September 2015, the school announced that former head coach Bobby Ross will headline the 14-member 2015 ACC Football Legends Class, which includes historically celebrated players and leaders from each ACC team. Ross led the Yellow Jackets to a national championship victory in 1990 and was the first coach in two decades to guide the team to two consecutive bowl appearances. Named both National Coach of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year, Bobby Ross went on to lead the San Diego Chargers to a Super Bowl appearance in 1995.
On October 19, the ACC also recognized Georgia Tech blocking back Marcus Marshall as its Rookie of the Week. The true freshman had 10 carries for 159 yards and scored two of the team’s four touchdowns in their October 17 matchup against Pittsburgh. Marshall is the first Georgia tech freshman to earn the Rookie of the Week honor since 2008 quarterback Jaybo Shaw.
BP Beacon Award Recognizes Marketing Innovation
Russell Scaramella, a managing member of oil products distributor United Oil Holdings LLC, wins awards for operational excellence and marketing innovation. As a BP Arco ampm franchisee, United Oil Holdings has won more awards than any other franchisee in the United States. As the company’s head, Russ Scaramella won BP Operator of the Year in 2006 and a BP Beacon Award in 2011.
BP Beacon Awards recognize innovation in marketing within BP. The global energy company established the internal awards program to encourage employees from around the world to contribute marketing ideas and to help identify potential award winners.
BP worked with the social business design firm Headshift, operational from 2002 to 2012, and in 2014 reestablished as Post*Shift, to implement the program. Program goals were to stimulate grassroots innovation and workforce collaboration, a Headshift report says.
To achieve these goals, Headshift built an online platform for online contributions, discussions, and voting. Accessible to BP’s marketing employees across the globe, the platform showcased hundreds of employee-contributed marketing ideas. Ideas were archived, allowing continued access and prompting continuing interest long after awards events took place.
Services Available Through Families First
Committed to serving others in need, Russell “Russ” Scaramella of US Oil Holdings LLC connects the company with non-profit organizations in need of corporate partners. In 2012, Russell Scaramella and his company sponsored Families First in providing a series of self-esteem workshops for at-risk adolescent girls.
For women and children across the Atlanta, Georgia metro area, Families First provides a variety of support services. These include foster care and adoption services, which involve resources for families after completion of the adoption process. Additionally, the organization connects young people with residential living opportunities and community connections that provide financial, emotional, and social support in the long term.
Families First also sponsors services for new and expectant mothers in order to help the youngest members of the community have a healthy start. Children up to five years old in the Spanish-speaking community are eligible to participate in the CHISPA program, which provides school readiness and transition services with a strong family education component.
Transitional housing is available for families and young adult women; both programs include support services geared toward establishing full independence. Community engagement services address more permanent housing needs while encouraging participation in the school system and related networks. Finally, Families First offers parenting support programs and counseling for all ages in order to further strengthen the family unit and its members.