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June 24, 2014

Leadership class graduates

THOMASVILLE — On June 19, the Thomasville-Thomas County Leadership Class of 2014 attended it graduation ceremony at the chamber. All participants received a plaque marking the completion of all Leadership sessions from February to May.

Each of the leadership sessions is designed to teach participants about the city, county and state. This education, coupled with the individual initiative, has resulted in many alumni getting more involved in local organizations, elected to public office and serving in other areas.

Leadership, which was started in 1981, has graduated more than 800 alumni. It is about empowering people to learn more about the city and county they live and work in, and gain a deeper understanding of vital issues affecting the community. The program exposes people to the community in a concise, constructed way. Each year, the class is balanced with participants from different backgrounds, and this lends itself to the success of each group.

Participants in this year’s class included Lauren Basford and Christina Reneau of the chamber, Debbie Dees of Flowers Baking Company, Landis Thomas of New Hire Solutions, Tasha Largent of Stony Creek Landscaping, Chase Strickland of Caldwell and Langford Insurance, Patrick Scarbrough of State Farm Insurance, Cody Hamilton of the Thomas County Board of Assessors, Octavian Jordan of Commercial Bank, Robin Godwin and Megan Powell of Archbold Medical Center, Pamela Lister of Keep Thomas County Beautiful, Alma Brower and Darrell Tramel of Thomas-Grady Service Center, Summer Washington and Amy Scoggins of Southwest Georgia Technical College, John Buck of Fastsigns, Amanda Maxwell of Marketing Communications, Katie Ketchum of the Thomasville YMCA, Holly Murkerson of the Vashti Center, Rob Jordan of Secure Record Solutions, Greg Owens of the City of Thomasville Fire Rescue, and Michelle Juarez, Stephen Stewart and Brain Herrmann of the City of Thomasville.

The group met once a week to hear first-hand from area business, government, civic leaders and non-profit organizations. Outside assignments included “hands-on” experiences and a three day trip to Atlanta to meet with elected officials, commissioners and visit the Georgia Resource Center and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center where participants attended a State Trooper graduation.

Leadership class members develop lasting relationships with their peers which benefit both the members and the community. The chamber's Leadership program is a proven opportunity for invaluable education and understanding about our area and how it works. Thirty-two years of alumni has shown that this microcosm has contributed to making Thomasville and Thomas County a more dynamic place to live and work.

For more information on participating, contact the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce at 229-226-9600 or

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