Council President Jim Smith was raised in a Navy family in southeastern Virginia. He started Scouting experience as a very dedicated Cub Scout and progressed to become a somewhat dedicated Boy Scout and Explorer. His adult Scouting experience began in Maryland as a Webelos Den Leader, then father of a Scout and unit Committee Member, followed by nearly a decade as a Venturing Crew Advisor while also serving as a District Chairman for several years. Most recently, Jim has served as the NCAC Vice President for District Operations. He received the Silver Beaver award in 2014.Jim believes firmly in the value of trained leaders and said he has benefitted personally and professionally from many BSA trainings including at Philmont and Wood Badge.Jim received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and became a university professor. While at Cambridge University he met his wife, Maggie, who he eventually followed into District Scouting. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.Jim is the President & CEO of Westat, one of the world’s largest research companies of its kind. As a longtime member of the LDS Church he has held many Church teaching and leadership positions most often involving teenage youth. Jim believes in higher education for all and serves on a community college President’s advisory group. When there is time, he likes book collecting, reading history, canoeing, and studying
Council Commissioner Roy “Rick” Rogers grew up in Rochester, MN, joining Cub Scouts in 1979. In Boy Scouts, Rick enjoyed many adventures, including winter camping in blizzard conditions, attending the 1981 National Jamboree, being inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and attaining Eagle in 1983. Rick’s experiences in an IBM Explorer Post introduced him to one of the first Personal Computer prototypes and cemented a lifelong love of Information Technology. Today Rick serves as a Vice President with an IT focus on educational assessments at Westat. Rick returned to Scouting in 2009 to give back to the movement that had influenced him so positively, and has served in many roles including Unit Commissioner, Assistant Council Commissioner, District Chairman, Crew Advisor, and Wood Badge staff. He has attended high adventure in Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base. The friendships Rick has made with both youth and adults in Scouting have provided him with many blessings, illustrating the parable: “Give, and it shall be given to you.”
Scout Executive/CEO Les Baron, a 35-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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