|Ron Yocum, newest member of the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation Board, is no stranger to boardrooms.
Ron is former president and CEO of Quantum Chemical, a $2 billion plastics company in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s past president and CEO of the American Plastics Council. He currently chairs the board of Michigan Molecular Institute, a scientific think tank in Midland, and also sits on the board of MidMichigan Innovation Center in Midland, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs and start-up companies.
He’s a member of the National Advisory Board for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Vice President of Finance and Endowment for a 13-state region. He’s a member of the local Boy Scout Scenic Trails Council board, involved in fundraising. And, he is a long-standing member of the board of trustees for his alma mater, Gettysburg College.
Even with all of those commitments, Ron says he is eager to serve on the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation Board.
He and his wife, Marty, retired to Elk Lake 10 years ago. Shortly after they moved north, an excruciating middle-of-the-night gallbladder attack sent the couple frantically searching for help. "We didn’t even know where the hospital was but we figured it was in Traverse City. My wife saw a hospital sign and found it."
That experience and others over the years have given the Yocums a feeling of "kinship" with the hospital. "I think the nurses there in particular are really special," he said. "They fret over you and really care about you."
When asked to serve on the Foundation board, he immediately agreed. "I think people have an obligation to give back to society and this is a great way to give back. Second, I don’t know anything about the health care industry and I’m looking forward to learning about it."
"I think we have a real jewel here and the thought of helping in some way is very attractive to me," he said. "I have served on a lot of non-profit boards, and I think the professional staff at the Foundation is quite good."
The Yocums have two grown children living in Casper, WY, and Fort Worth, Texas, and six grandchildren - including one Webelo scout.