The common thread running through Charles “Skip” Cramer’s life is service to others. Born during World War II, his father ran Navy convoys in the north Atlantic, and Cramer followed in his footsteps, attending the Naval Academy, followed by his own Navy career. Cramer became ingrained in the Jacksonville community, serving on nonprofit boards and volunteering for the Red Cross, USO, Salvation Army, and Rotary Club, among others. Upon retiring from the Navy, Skip went to work as the CEO of the American Red Cross of Northeast Florida. During his nearly 4,300 hours of Red Cross volunteer service, Cramer has mentored countless local volunteers, who in turn become the next generation of Red Cross volunteer leaders and staff. Earlier in 2015, Skip was recognized by the Red Cross with the President’s Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Service.