Thirty-Three Business Professionals Graduate from Leadership Jackson Program

By: on Dec 19, 2016


Thirty-three local business professionals graduated from the Jackson Chamber’s 2016 Leadership Jackson class on Thursday, December 15 at the Carl Grants Events Center at Union University.  

Leadership Jackson, the chamber’s adult leadership development program, gives business professionals employed with companies that are chamber members the opportunity to better understand the community, the opportunities and the challenges it faces. Class members visited community landmarks, met with area leaders and participated in weekly sessions about topics impacting Jackson-Madison County, including education, healthcare and government.

“My heart is full as I have watched this class awaken,” Jon Ewing, Woman’s Clinic, P.A., and 2016 Leadership Jackson chair. “Their wings that are given to them by God have been discovered, and their wingspan is vast and strong. I have every confidence in the world that the Leadership Jackson 2016 class will 'defy gravity' as they soar into the sunrises of life and change Jackson, West Tennessee and this world – FOR GOOD. 'May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.’ I will never forget you. I pray each of you never forgets who you are and what you have discovered in this awakening in each other. No one will understand until you get them in the program. So pay it forward.”

“Each week I witnessed this class develop a deeper understanding and love for each other and this city we call home,” said Sarah Johnson, Leadership Jackson 2016 vice chair who works at The Jackson Clinic. “While Leadership Jackson made significant impacts on each individual, the ripple effect from the Leadership Jackson Class of 2016 will impact Jackson for years to come. It was a great honor to accompany them on this journey, and I cannot wait to see what they do next.”

During the graduation ceremony, class members were recognized for their achievements and received their Leadership Jackson graduate certificate of completion. The class chose Sheralyne Brevard, who works at Lowe’s 496 North Jackson, to be its spokesperson and share their reflections of going through the three-month program and how it will influence their lives. The class also selected Keith Garner, West Tennessee Healthcare, as the 2016 Class social chair. Garner will be responsible for scheduling class meetings and coordinating the 2017 socials.

Pierre DuVentre, owner of D’Top Roofing and Repair, was selected to be vice chair of Leadership Jackson in 2017. He will serve with Johnson, who will assume the chairmanship.

Five class members were recognized for their commitment and personal growth. Burton Dreyer, ATA Technologies, LLC; received the highest honor – the Diamond Award – for surpassing all requirements in Leadership Jackson. Jewel award recipients were Beth Borden, Borden Technology; Lori Gambill, BancorpSouth; Dr. Nancy Utley, The Jackson Clinic; and Heather Witherspoon, Forever Communications.

 

Kevin Adelsberger, Adelsberger Marketing received the Emerging Leader Award; Dr. Beverly Absher, Union University, received the COPE Award and Jack Matthin, Alexander Thompson Arnolod PLLC recieved the Harbert Alexander Award for Servant Leadership.

Leadership Jackson alumni who were recognized are Kevin Adelsberger, Adelsberger Marketing, class of 2015, the Emerging Leader Award; Dr. Beverly Absher, Union University, class of 2009, the Community Observance of Personal Excellence (COPE) Award; Jack Matthis, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC, class of 2003, the Harbert Alexander Award for Servant Leadership; and AJ Massey, The Bank of Jackson, class of 2008, the national Distinguished Leadership Award. Massey’s award was created to recognize exceptional community leadership graduates who have made significant contributions to better their communities. The Association of Leadership Programs is a national association of leadership programs across the country.

A J Massey, The Bank of Jackson, received the national Distinguished Leadership Award.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to witness the 2016 class embrace ‘servant leadership’ since the program began in September,” said Brandy Stutsman, manager of Leadership Development, Jackson Chamber. “The more they learn about Jackson/Madison County, the more they invest for the greater good of our community. It will be exciting to see their continued impact in serving others.”

The Leadership Jackson Class of 2016 graduates are Sabrina Anderson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson; Kayce Beam, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Jackson Center; Beth Borden, Borden Technology, LLC; Sheralyne Brevard, Lowe’s 496 North Jackson; David Casey, Pinnacle Foods Group, Inc.; Brad Davis, MSB Construction LLC ; Burton Dreyer, ATA Technologies, LLC; Pierre DuVentre, D’Top Roofing and Repair; Clay Fowler, Haltom Home Team; Stephanie Fowler, West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation; Karen Freeman, First Citizens National Bank; Lori Gambill, BancorpSouth; Keith Garner, West Tennessee Healthcare; Jacob Hamilton, Tim Ferguson Plumbing Air & Electric Co., Inc.; Katie Howerton, Our Jackson Home; John McCommon, Jackson State Community College; Bryson McQuiston, Home Instead Senior Care; Adam Milligan, First South Bank; Robbin Mouton, The Kellogg Company; Dr. John Netland, Union University; Carl Pfountz, TBDN TENNESSEE COMPANY; Mike Richards, FSB Insurance; Caitlin Roach, Younger Associates; Joe Shearin, Fisher Construction Co., Inc.; Lori Smith, Tennova Healthcare-Regional Jackson; Eric Staley, Gerdau; Shaketa Tuggles, LyondellBasell Industries; Dr. Nancy Utley, The Jackson Clinic; Amy Vandiver, Central Distributors, Inc.; Jill Wade, Jack Hornsby Electric, Inc.; Joyce Welch, Jackson Chamber; Marcie Williams, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC; and Heather Witherspoon, Forever Communications.


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