The longtime CEO of Houchin Community Blood Bank says he plans to retire at the end of the year. Greg Gallion has been at the helm of the blood bank for 18 years.
During that time, the staff has doubled, three mobile vehicles were added and a second blood bank was built and opened in Southwest Bakersfield.
“If there’s anything I would take great pride in is knowing I made a contribution. I was able to serve the citizens of Bakersfield and Kern County, and I did it all for the right reasons. I did it because I believed in it and it became a mission and a passion, and I’d like to think it’s in better shape today than when I got it some 18 years ago.”
Gallion plans to spend more time with his wife, who is also retired. His last day on the job is Dec. 31.