Barbara A. Ragon, Executive Director
– Barbara has served as Executive Director for NCMC since 2009. In addition, she is the Marketing Director at Linear Creative. Barbara brings an extensive 30-year background in Strategic and Financial Planning, Merchandising, Sales Promotion, Marketing, Public Relations, Operations and Personnel Development. Her management experience includes positions as a Buyer, Vice President-Divisional Manager, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Vice President/Sales Promotion Director and Chief Operating Officer. She understands the complexities of driving a multifaceted business from a promotional, merchandising and logistical standpoint and the importance of having the right organizational structure and personnel to achieve a company’s profit objectives. Barbara started out with 12 stores in one state with 5 direct reports and eventually had responsibility involving 46 stores in 6 states and supervision of 1,400 people.
In addition, she has an extensive background in the non-profit arena in fundraising, development and planning for non-profit and private endeavors. Her goal is to give back to the greater community through this work. This experience includes working with organizations to restructure, rebuild and assist in activities and programs to secure financial security. She has served in various capacities including Board President, Trustee, Event Chair and Consultant. Her motto: “I am only as good as the people who work for and with me.” She believes that one can only be successful by surrounding yourself with talented people and then giving them the room to grow.
Work Experience: Linear Creative, Kaufmann’s, May Company Ohio, O’Neill’s, and Halle’s-Marshall Fields.
Client Experience (As a consultant): The American Red Cross, Dempsey Surveying Company, I.W.D.C., North Coast Men’s Chorus, NORVA, Providence House, Raisin Cane, Saint Joseph Academy, The David Dennis Family Fund, and The Cleveland West Park Police and Firefighters Memorial Fund.