Leadership Thomas is a program of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. It cultivates a diverse network of emerging and experienced leaders committed to improving the community. Each year the class is balanced with individuals from different backgrounds, and this contributes to their success. In May 2017, 10 citizens were accepted into Leadership Thomas Class 35 and on June 7, they graduated from the program with a private ceremony at the chamber.

Each of the Leadership sessions is designed to teach participants about themselves and our community. This education coupled with the individual’s initiative has resulted in many alumni getting more involved in local organizations, elected to public office and serving the community in other areas. One month, members may be seen touring a local industry or visiting with city and county departments and the next riding on a wagon with Birdsong Nature Center staff, or hearing the clank of prison doors closing behind them as they tour the jail. Each month’s session also includes leadership training through curriculum provided by The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.

Participants in Class 35 included: Samantha Brown, formerly with Thomas University, Bryan Jones with Archbold Medical Group, Laura Kelly with Southern Regional Technical College, Corey McGee with the Thomas County Board of Commissioners, Jamie Parrott with the Thomas County Board of Commissioners, Chuck Sanders, formerly with State Farm Insurance, Debra Smith with Taste of Thomasville Food Tour, Sonia Vick with the Williams Family Foundation of Georgia, Meryl K. Walker with Synovus and Janelle Wehner with Dreaming Cow Creamery.

Members of the Leadership Thomas Class 36 have already been chosen, but for more information on participating in Leadership Thomas Class 37, contact Christina Reneau at (229) 226-9600 or christina@thomasvillechamber.com.