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Chamber’s 2018-19 Excellence in Leadership class kicks off

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

RELEASE 18-011

Excellence in Leadership, the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce flagship leader development program, kicked off Aug. 29, starting the eight-month class with a group of nearly 40 students coming from Morgan County businesses, industries, small businesses, healthcare providers, municipalities, school systems and non-profits.

The program – previously known as Leadership Morgan County – is designed to identify, orient, develop and network existing and emerging leaders with the goal of enhancing positive growth in the area business community. The class meets once a month, with each day-long session focusing on single topics including healthcare, economic development, education, tourism, city and county government, law enforcement, and social services. The class also includes a service project, where members of the class select an area non-profit to support through fundraising and community service. The program will wrap up with a graduation event at the Chamber’s annual Small Business Awards Celebration in May 2019.

Chamber members nominate individuals from their workforce, and participants are selected by members of the Chamber Leadership Committee. “Graduation” for the class takes place during the Chamber’s Small Business Awards Celebration in May.

The 2018-19 class members, and their employers:

Alex Adams, Red Sage Communications
Matt Adams, Morgan County Schools
Josh Brown, Air Products & Chemicals
Jacob Browning, JM Smucker Company
Hannah Carpenter, JM Smucker Company
Michael Cornelison, Joe Wheeler EMC
Johnette Davis, Calhoun Community College
Bradley Dennis, United Launch Alliance
Winston Fite, Fite Building Company
John Flint, 3M
Danielle Gibson, Decatur Morgan County Tourism
Melinda Green, Progress Bank & Trust
Pam Hester, Lendmark Financial Services
Frank Hill, Surgery Center of Decatur
Stacy Hughes, Morgan County Schools
Steve Johnson, 3M
Mari Juarez, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama
Andrew Kelly, Decatur Morgan County Tourism
Chad Kelsoe, Morgan County Schools
Jane Knauss, JM Smucker Company
John Kuhlman, Decatur Utilities
Scotty Lee, Batteries Plus
Jim Lindley, United Launch Alliance
Star Loyd, Morgan County Commission
Bobby McNeal, United Launch Alliance
Michael Mitchell, Toray Flourofibers
Jon Osmanson, Tennessee Valley Training Center
Richelle Sandlin, City of Decatur
Glenn Stokes, JT Ray Company
Kate Terry, Morgan County Probate
Brandon Tew, Morgan County Schools
Amber Turner, North Alabama Workforce Development Alliance
Tracie Turrentine, Morgan County Schools
Brett Walker, 3M
Tanya White, Renasant Bank
Kim Whitworth, Express Employment Professionals
Greg Wooten, Contractor Service & Fabrication

More than 1,150 professionals have graduated from the Chamber’s adult leadership programs since being established 31 years ago.

The Chamber thanks its Strategic Partners for their support.

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