Red Cross Looks to the Future Under New Leadership

Barghols Ready to Lead Oklahoma and Arkansas Red Cross

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 3, 2016) — The American Red Cross is ready to reach new heights under the leadership of recently appointed Regional Chief Executive Officer, Brad Barghols.

Barghols is the CEO of a region that encompasses both Oklahoma and Arkansas. Those two
states comprise the most disaster-prone region in the country. He brings more than 26 years of non-profit leadership and business acumen to the region.

“I have spent my time initially traveling our region and meeting and learning from the volunteers and paid staff that makeup the Red Cross,” Barghols said. “I stand in awe of those selfless people who work tirelessly to ensure that the needs of their communities are met before, during, and after disaster.

“To lead these people — it’s an opportunity of a lifetime. Too few people understand the broad scope of programs and services the Red Cross offers our communities as well as to our men and women in uniform. That is about to change.”

A native of Oklahoma City, he grew up in Des Moines, Iowa but returned home after high school to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Barghols worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where he began as a district director in Tulsa and ended 26 years later as chief executive of the Western Division at the national MDA headquarters in Tucson, Arizona.

Barghols’ leadership centers around building positive cultures internally and lasting, mutually beneficial relationships externally. The Red Cross has been there for Oklahomans and Arkansans for 100 years, and his goal is to expose and engage more people in its critical and lifesaving mission.

“My career began in Oklahoma,” he said. “I am proud of my professional accomplishments, but I am most proud of this moment. I have a chance to lend my experience to this noble organization and positively impact people in an area of the country that is very important to me and my extended family”

Brad and his wife Shannon have been married 23 years and have three children.


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