Our council is led by volunteers and supported by staff. The top position is our council president, who leads our 60 member board of directors and is selected through a nominating committee process and elected to serve a two-year term. The president and board hire the Scout Executive, who guides and manages our council employees. Rounding out our top leadership team is the council commissioner, appointed by the board, who directs the volunteers that work directly with leaders of Scouting groups to help them succeed.

 

Meet our top council leadership team, known as our Council Key Three:

David Grooms

PRESIDENT

David earned his Arrow of Light in Leavenworth, Kansas and continued in Scouting to the rank of Life in an international Troop in Okinawa, Japan. He graduated from Kansas State University and later served as a US Army Officer.

David began his volunteer Scouting career as Cubmaster of Pack 53 in Oak Brook, Illinois in 2001. He later served as Scoutmaster of Troop 14 in Elmhurst Illinois, District Chairman of Potawatomi Trails, and Vice President of Technology for Three Fires Council. 

David is the recipient of the Unit Leader Award of Merit, District Award of Merit and the Three Fires Council Silver Beaver Award. He is a James E. West Fellow and a member of the BSA Second Century Society. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, has attended all three National High Adventure Bases and served as Scoutmaster for the first National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in 2013. He has twice served on Wood Badge Staff and is a proud member of the Antelope Patrol.

David is a career technologist, having worked in international consulting and serving as Chief Information Officer for McDonald's Corporation in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and the United States. 

David is the father of two Eagles (Austin and Jesse) and has been married over 30 years to his Scouter-Wife, Denise. David and Denise are small business owners and live in Oak Brook, Illinois.


Dan Zedan

COMMISSIONER

Starting as a Cub Scout in the Detroit Area Council, Dan has been a registered Scouter for over 56 years having served in seven different councils. The first Eagle Scout of Troop 572, Detroit Area Council, Dan has gone on to serve as a Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, Unit Committee Chairman, Scoutmaster, Chanonee District Training Chairman, Chanonee District Chairman and Three Fires Council Outdoor Program Chairman. He has been a member of the Three Fires Council Executive Board since 2004 and accepted the position of Council Commissioner in January 2015. In 2012 he served as the Three Fires Council Wood Badge Course Director, earning his fourth Wood Badge bead, and is currently the Crew Advisor for Venture Crew 1375 in Batavia.

Dan has hiked Philmont Scout ranch five times in four different decades, canoed the Boundary Waters High Adventure Base three times, the Florida Sea Base once and attended the Centennial National Jamboree in 2010.

In addition to being an Eagle Scout, Dan has received the Distinguished Commissioner Award (Three Fires Council), the District Award of Merit (Chanonee District), the Silver Beaver Award (Three Fires Council), the ‘On My Honor’ religious award (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), the ‘St. George’ religious award (Episcopal Church) and the Vigil Honor (Order of the Arrow).

A 1973 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Dan retired with the rank of Captain from the US Coast Guard in July 2001. He is a Vietnam Era, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Uphold Democracy Veteran and ended his career at the Pentagon serving as the Coast Guard’s liaison to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is the owner and President of Nature’s Finest Foods, Ltd., Batavia, IL. In his ‘spare’ time he enjoys scale and model railroading, riding his Harley Davidson Ultra and traveling with his wife of eighteen years, Judith. He has five children and is expecting his twenty-first grandchild and first great grandchild in July.


Joe Wiltrout

SCOUT EXECUTIVE

On Nov. 3, 2014, Joseph (Joe) Wiltrout became the third Scout Executive for Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America. Located in St. Charles, IL, the Council serves 14,000 youth in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Joe came to Three Fires Council as an experienced, professional Scouter. Most recently, he spent three years as Deputy Scout Executive / Chief Operating Officer in the 43,000 Scout-strong Northern Star Council in Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN.

Before that, Joe spent three years as Director of Development / Chief Financial Officer at Daniel Webster Council in Manchester, NH. There, he managed a $5.2 million budget and provided leadership to several innovative special events.

Joe spent 10 years as Senior Finance Director, Field Director, and District Executive at the Atlanta Area Council, GA. He also served as Camp Director for Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, GA.

An Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm, Joe completed Wood Badge training. He is a Vigil Order of the Arrow member. As a youth, Joe was an International Scout.

Educated at the University of Florida, Joe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture. Married to his wife, Sara, for 23 years, they have three school-age children.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys hunting, college and professional sports, and coaching youth football.