The Rocky Mount Area Chamber’s 2013-2014 Leadership Development class begins under a new partnership between the Rocky Mount Area and the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chambers.
The program now operates under a new name – Leadership Twin Counties. The nine-month leadership development program is designed to nurture community-minded leaders for area businesses as well as young leadership for the Rocky Mount community – leadership that is mindful of issues that impact the area, the businesses and the citizens; leadership that will set the stage for building a sound future for the Twin County region.
The annual program began in September with team building day Sept. 26, following a welcome reception for participants and businesses earlier in the month.
The program sessions continue through May 2014, with one full-day class session each month, concluding with a graduation banquet.
Program participants receive a thorough study on our communities, its history, its challenges and opportunities, leadership studies, and the many aspects of our area that impact quality of life. The sessions from October through May will include: Regional overview; Civic and Emerging Leadership; Education; Media Relations and Crisis Management; Workforce Preparedness; Business Development and Entrepreneurship in the Region; and Social Responsibility. This study – whether participants are lifelong residents or newcomers to our community, is beneficial for area businesses, the community and for the participant’s personal development.
In past years the program has incorporated many aspects of study in the Edgecombe County and Tarboro area since Rocky Mount enjoys the unique position of sitting in both counties and the dynamics of such things as two public schools systems, two charter schools, two counties providing a workforce for our Twin County businesses, as well as two county seats.
This partnership seems a natural progression and will enable broadened studies. Many leadership program participants are young professionals.
Since the program was restarted in 2001, there have been a great number of class graduates that utilize their development and continue serving the community in various endeavors, which includes YPN – the Young Professionals Network.
The Leadership program and the YPN Network have been a great resource for the area and both have had a dynamic impact on our communities and its young professionals.
The 2013-2014 Leadership Twin Counties Class participants are: Wade Layton, BB&T; Bunn Boddie, Boddie-Noell Enterprises; Tasha Logan, City of Rocky Mount; Russ Crews, Jackie DeLoach and Sarang Palsule, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant; Graham Nelson, Davenport Auto Park; Carmen Nunalee, Edgecombe Community College; Kristin Brabble, First Carolina Bank; James Butler, Hospira; Scott Boykin and Mike Cummings, Keihin-Carolina Systems Technology; Stacy Jesso, Nash Health Care Foundation; Sterling Grimes, Nash Health Care Systems; Joni Gardner, North Carolina Wesleyan College; Justin Kurkiewicz, PNC Bank; Shanna Bottoms, Roger G. Taylor & Associates; Kim Sutton, Southern Bank; Kristin Lamm, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital; and Kemp David, Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home.