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jim smithCouncil 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
dragon flies.


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 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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