Leadership Cherokee, a program of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, graduated its 28th Anniversary Class during a September 16th ceremony. With the completion of this year’s class, the Alumni count now totals over 570 graduates.
Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2016 selected three of their peers to receive special annual recognitions. The Cristal Stancil Leadership Award honorees were Shannon Gibbs, Cherokee Fire & Emergency Services, and Michael Zenchuk, Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Holly Springs. The Bob Frongillo Magic Spark Plug Award was presented to Jack Tuszynski with Family Life Publications. Outgoing 2016 Leadership Cherokee Chair, Katie Wise of LGE Community Credit Union, was recognized by Incoming Chair, Heath Tippens with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.
The Leadership Cherokee program kicked-off with a retreat where the group participated in both indoor and outdoor team building exercises that enabled them to learn not only about each other, but themselves through a look at personality types and communication styles. Over the course of the nine month period, Leadership Cherokee exposed the group of existing and emerging leaders to a broad range of sessions that focused on topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, arts, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare and social/human services.
The nomination deadline for the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017 is October 1st. For information on the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017 contact the Chamber office at 770-345-0400 or visit the Chamber’s website, CherokeeChamber.com.