Council President Bob Wood honed his political campaign knowledge and organizational skills during the decade he ran statewide and congressional campaigns in the battleground state of Wisconsin. Bob’s political experience also includes serving as Tommy Thompson’s chief of staff, during both his tenure as Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since joining BGR, Bob has used his experience to lead numerous campaigns for public policy efforts, requiring insight about engaging lawmakers as well as activating grassroots and community-based support. Bob and his wife Carrie have three children and currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Council Commissioner Garry Lewis began his Scouting career as an adult when his son joined Pack 176 at Quantico, Virginia. In addition, he served as Assistant Council Commissioner for Diversity, New Units and Administration and simultaneously as the ACC for the Virginia South Service Area. His awards include the Northeast Illinois Council President’s Award, the District Award of Merit, the Vigil Honor (Humble Warrior), the John A. Mack Commissioner Award of Excellence, and the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. Garry, born in Cumberland, Virginia, now lives in Stafford with his wife, Nancy. His son, Garry Jr., is serving in the United States Navy and his daughter Jennifer is busy earning undergraduate degrees in mathematics and computer science. Garry retired as a colonel after serving 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. He is current employed by General Dynamics Information Technology
Scout Executive/CEO Les Baron, a 30-year Scout professional, joined NCAC in 2010. Previously, he served as Scout Executive of Orange County Council in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure in Orange County, Les directed an 80-member board, a staff in excess of 60 people, increased membership 7% and secured $29 million towards The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Capital Campaign. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee.
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