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Chamber's leadership program honors graduates
The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce recently honored the graduates of its 2013 Leadership Program, which is a developmental program for leaders and future leaders in business, community and government.
"We are very proud to present this years group of graduates," vice president of development and marketing Mary Lou Bedford said.
The Leadership Program uses interactive field trips to educate participants in the workings of Palm Beach County's businesses, governments, economy and top industries, she said. Each month the group met for a full day to cover various topics and learn from professionals and leaders in the subject.
Highlights included a visit to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in which participants met Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and took a tour of the jail and courtrooms and saw a K-9 demo. They also took a tour of the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue headquarters.
Participants toured local television and radio stations and The Palm Beach Post on another day. They also visited local universities including Palm Beach Atlantic and Keiser universities. They also learned about charter and public schools within the western communities.
During their time learning about the medical and health service industry the group toured Wellington Regional Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, the Hanley Center, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center and Seagull Industries for the Disabled.
The participants also took tours that educated them on local tourism, agriculture and equestrian lifestyle that makes up Palm Beach County's economy. The group traveled to local farms where they saw sweet corn and lettuce harvested and a sugar cane farm for a tour of the harvesting facility.
They also traveled to Lion Country Safari where they learned about local tourism. From there they met with local equestrian industry leaders such as Mark Bellissimo, Michael Stone and John Flanagan.
This year's program was sponsored by Pandora at the Mall at Wellington Green.
Tuition for the program is $300 and $450 for non-members, and covers breakfast, lunch, supplies and transportation to selected sites.
This year's graduates were:
David Leland - Print-It Plus; Gillian Knowles – Iberibank; Bradley Shofstall - PNC Bank; Dennis Nelson - The Nelson Group; Pete Ganci - West Architecture + Design, LLC; Michelle Haines - BB&T; Cynthia Lamerson - Palm Beach Atlantic University; Chris Price - Seagull Industries for the Disabled; Jon Faust - Coastline Realty, Inc.; Doug Pryor - Southern Waste Systems; Jenna Coon – Pandora; Maggi Rosenberg – SOR Entertainment; Lance Wilson - Lantana Pharmacy; Stas Politis - National Planning Corporation; Matthew Feldman - A1; Teddy Feldman - Plumbing Company; Dr. Jeffery Bishop - WellingtonRegional Medical Center; David Lumbert - Flagler Bank; Angela Mattingly - TD Bank; Mike Pike - Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman, LLP; Benjamin P. Shenkman - Gonzalez & Shenkman; Jessica Besch - Tenet Healthcare; Dane Leitner - Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau, P.L.; Doug Kingera – Mercantil; Courtney Wolfe - The Palm Beach Post; Dr. David Soria - Emergency Specialists of Wellington; Henry Ray - Northwestern Mutual