Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is pleased to announce that it has appointed John Langford as its new Chief Executive Officer. Langford started in his position on September 19, 2022.
Langford served in the United States Marine Corps for 23 years, primarily as a Weapons and Sensors Officer on the F-18D Hornet, before retiring in 2009. He completed numerous operational and combat deployments and brings with him an extensive background in veteran non-profit leadership focused on sports, wellness and development.
“When I first spoke with Langford, I knew he was the right person to take us from good to great,” said Blain Tomlinson, Chairman of PHWFF, “His energy, emotional intelligence and humility all combined with his leadership principles and experience do not come together. every day. I am honored to work with him and excited to watch our Participants and Volunteers thrive under his leadership as we help each Veteran on their journey of recovery.”
Langford has over 35 years of experience in executive-level leadership, strategic planning and organizational change management and in the 13 years since his military retirement, has served in senior leadership roles in defense contracting and consulting firms, corporate sales and non-profit sector. For the past seven years, Langford has led nearly every aspect of veterans nonprofit management, including events, service member transition and development, including his most recent role as Chief Development Officer for another national service organization. for veterans. John is a humble and passionate leader with a true commitment to serving the veteran and military community.
“It is an incredible honor and privilege to be asked to lead such a well-known and influential organization as PHWFF,” says Langford, “We have an incredible group of volunteers across the country who are the point of impact for our participants Veterans. I look forward to working with our outstanding staff, our Board of Trustees and our industry partners as we serve our veterans along their healing journey.”
As CEO, Langford will have overall responsibility for the growth and day-to-day operations of PHWFF. He will work closely with the Board of Trustees and Executive staff to develop and establish our strategy and mission to use all elements of fly fishing to assist disabled veterans on their healing journey.
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