Each week on “On a Mission” we talk to community leaders who are out to make a positive impact in the area. Today, our host Wendy Norfleet talks to Gerald Thomas from American Red Cross, NF Region.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
To learn more, visit https://www.redcross.org/local/florida/north-florida.html
Short company description:
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross North Florida Region serves approximately 3.8 million residents in 35 counties. The region includes the Northeast Florida, Capital Area & Northwest Florida chapters.
What makes your company unique?: our national support of hyper local execution.
How do you define success?: Ensuring that the 35 counties we serve are more resilient in the face of disasters.
Who in the industry inspires you and why?: I’m inspired by the collaborators in our sector.
What is a tip for success that you would provide someone in your same industry?: Meet each moment with generosity of spirit
What excites you most about your industry?: The opportunity each day to make a difference in someone’s life.
What is the biggest challenge you think you or your organization is going to face in the upcoming year?: Climate change is significantly impacting disaster intensity and frequency.
Who is a Trustee in our community that you admire and why?: Jacksonville has many and each has been supportive throughout my time in this role.