This past Monday night the Chamber held the Adult Leadership Graduation for the 15th graduating class of the program.
In 2001 when the Chamber’s Board of Directors first began researching how to structure the Leadership program and received some good advice from other programs around the state. All of those programs emphasized that we must begin with a strong steering committee, with the task of designing the initial structure of the program and dedicated to implementing it and seeing that the program is successfully completed.
Our initial committee and subsequent committees embraced this task and set out to insure that our program, from the beginning, would be of the highest quality and would provide for its participants, an opportunity to learn as much as possible about Sampson County and its specific challenges, opportunities and services.
This committee not only plans activities for the program, but as you now know, actively participates in those planned sessions. Furthermore, committee members stepped up, and doubled their participation by planning, implementing and leading the Junior Program composed of 22 high school students throughout the county. The Junior Program is now in its 13th year.
The adult leadership graduating class this year is:
Kaitlin Adkins — Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce
Sheila Barefoot — Sampson County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Donna Bullard — Star Communications
Russell Byrd — City of Clinton
Bob Carr — Advanced Fire Protection, LLC
Eileen Coite — Sampson County Cooperative Extension
Jill Faircloth — Black, Chestnutt, and Johnson, CPA’s
Scott McLeod — Deacon Jones of Clinton
Elizabeth Merrill — Sampson County 4-H
Bart Rice — Sampson County Small Business Center
Kristin Stafford — City of Clinton
Andy Wells — Harrells Christian Academy
Graduates, we are proud of you and celebrate your successful completion of the program. We appreciate your enthusiasm as you participated in each segment of the program, and we appreciate your comments and feedback.
The Chamber Board of Directors, executive director and the Leadership Steering Committee are grateful for the support of the participant’s employers who understand the importance of a leadership program to their organizations and this community.
We are grateful to business, industry, government personnel and public servants who gave of their time, knowledge and provided tours for our program participants. We are confident that these graduates are now better able to serve you and the community in which they live.
Our next Adult Leadership Class will pick back up in the Fall of 2019. Interested in getting on the list for our next class? Email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 910-592-6177. We would love to have you apart of the amazing experience!