Chamber to launch latest leadership program


Ron Green


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A local annual effort designed to help prepare future business and community leaders is about to get started soon for 2019.

The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Twin Counties Program has set a welcome reception for 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Station Square. At least 22 people are signed up to participate in the program.

The gathering is going to enable the participants to meet each other and their facilitator, Ron Green, who's the chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region.

“I am excited to work with this year’s class of Twin County leaders,” Green said. “As we work together to build a stronger, more vibrant Rocky Mount area that fosters economic growth in the region, we must invest in the growth and development of the region’s greatest assets: our people. When you build the people, the people will build the business and the community.”

Additionally, 2019 is going to mark Green's second year as the facilitator.

The participants are going to complete an approximately half-year-long program, which is going to include a variety of projects and tours.

Also, for the first time, participants are going to be required to complete what's called a Twin Counties Community Passport.

The purpose of this part of the program is for the participants to engage in a variety of community activities to further acclimate them with the Twin Counties.

The 2019 Leadership Twin Counties Program participants, as provided by the Chamber, will be:

■ Charlene Artis-Armstrong, Manpower

■ Cheryl Barnhill, N.C. Wesleyan College

■ Trey Brantely, BB&T

■ Elizabeth Courtney, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant

■ Landis Faulcon, city of Rocky Mount

■ Tina Garrett, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce

■ Leigh Ann Garza, Boice-Willis Clinic

■ Zachary Gentry, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant

■ Thomas Gillespie, Nash County

■ Jennifer Gold, Holden Temporaries

■ Shawn Hartley, Nash UNC Health Care

■ Kayla Hillman, city of Rocky Mount

■ Kyle Johnson, Word Tabernacle Church

■ Latoya Howard, U.S. Cellular

■ Morgan Keeter, First Carolina Bank

■ Gena Messer-Knode, Eastern NC Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

■ Kimberley Langis, Pfizer

■ Emily Lemus, My Sister’s House

■ Christine Mackaman, Standard Insurance

■ Graham Nelson, Davenport Autopark

■ June Sanchez, CopyPro

■ Kaleigh Yenney, Boddie-Noell Enterprises

The participants are scheduled to graduate in July in a ceremony at Rose Hill Conference Center.