Official Press Release - 2016 SBCA Humanitarian of the Year Award

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     Matt Kadish, SBCA CEO (left), Robert Kent (center), and   SBCA Director, Neil Carrey (right)

Matt Kadish, SBCA CEO (left), Robert Kent (center), and SBCA Director, Neil Carrey (right)


May 16, 2016


Small Business Council of America Honors

Robert Kent as its Humanitarian of the Year


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2016) – The Small Business Council of America (SBCA), a national nonprofit organization which represents the interests of more than 20,000 privately-held and family-owned organizations on Federal tax, employee benefit and health care matters, presented its 33rd Annual Congressional Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. on May 4, 2016.

The SBCA's Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Robert Kent of Rockville, Maryland, in recognition of his work as the founder of The PeaceCamp Initiative. The PeaceCamp Initiative works to build bonds and foster friendships between Jewish and Arab youth by bringing them together and sponsoring their attendance at Camp Susquehannock and teaching them peaceful conflict resolution through the practice of Aikido.

The award was presented by SBCA CEO, Matt Kadish. “In addition to being a hard-working and successful small business owner with Temple Allen Industries, Rob works tirelessly to promote and embody the true spirit of Aikido and the nonviolent resolution of conflict,” said Mr. Kadish. “While many can ‘talk the talk,’ Rob actually walks the walk - he selflessly gives of his time and expertise each year to promote peace in the Middle East via the PeaceCamp Initiative. His vision and passion inspire all who know him to go beyond their own personal and geographic boundaries, and to bring about the change they want in the world. We are truly honored to present this award to him in Washington D.C., and we encourage everyone to learn more and to find out how they can help support this worthy cause.”

Robert Kent explained: “While ISIS is attracting all the headlines recently, we have lived for many years in a world where resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestine is to attack the root cause and the rallying cry of global terrorism. Many, embittered by years of conflict, see this resolution as impossible, claiming that Israel and Palestine can have no peace until they both have leaders capable of guiding their people across the chasm of violence, politics, and rhetoric that divides them – and no such leaders now exist.”

“Which is why”, Kent continues, “it is so important that we start creating them.”

Thanks to the generous contributions of the SBCA, SBCA Director, Neil Carrey, and his wife, Karen Carrey, and many SBCA members, the SBCA through the Chris Carrey Charitable Foundation presented to Robert Kent a significant contribution for the PeaceCamp Initiative.  

More information on the PeaceCamp Initiative may be found at: