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2010-11 Leadership Savannah Program Begins

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By: Erica Backus

October 11, 2010 -- 2010-11 Leadership Savannah Program Begins

The following people have been selected to participate in the 2010 – 2011 Leadership Savannah Program:

Leigh Acevedo Savannah Economic Development Authority
Monica Anderson Hospice Savannah, Inc.
Marti Barrow Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council
Chuck Brown Infinity, Inc.
Danny Chase Colliers Neely Dales, LLC
Jordan Chase Memorial Health University Health Medical Center
Michael Daves Comcast
Brian Gale Dept. of the Army, Mission Support Element, Fort Stewart
Brad Harmon Hunter Maclean
Mason Heidt MassMutual Financial Group
Angela Hendrix AMH Communications
Cody Hetzel Savannah Square Retirement Community
Kevan Jackson Gulfstream Aerospace
Chris Jacobs Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education
Shonah Jefferson Hunter Maclean
Brian Johnson City of Garden City
DaVena Jordan AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc.
Bridget Lidy City of Savannah
Chris McCarthy Armstrong Atlantic State University
Jeff Notrica Inman Park Properties
Patrick O'Neil Bank of America
Rebecca Page The Savannah Bank
Jason Pedigo Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams
Kimberly Phillips City Market Partners
Kamal Piankhi Savannah Chatham County Board of Education
Nick Puhala Willis Insurance Services
John Rauback Savannah Airport Commission
Amanda Reeves Hostetter Schneider Realty Partners
Charles Roberson Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship
Lenard Robinson Savannah Airport Commission
Daniel Rowe Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP
Tania Sammons Telfair Museums
Jeanine Schmedes Seacrest Partners, Inc.
Laura Simpson Visit Savannah
David Slatinsky Willis Insurance Services
Jamie Smith Coastal Home Care, Inc.
Nikki Smith Brennan and Wasden, LLP
Chris Sotus Wells Fargo Advisors
Ben Spitalnick Pediatric Associates of Savannah, PC
Chris Steinmetz Gannam, Gnann & Steinmetz, LLC
Walter Strong W.H.Strong Company
Michael Taylor Georgia Ports Authority
Deb Thompson WSAV TV
Mark Wilcox Seacrest Partners, Inc.

Leadership Savannah began in 1961 for the purpose of informing future leaders in the Savannah area of issues confronting the community on a variety of subjects. Subjects such as government, economic development, education, taxes, urban problems and coastal environment are examined in an atmosphere of concerned communication among the young leaders. This unique program provides the opportunity for its participants to develop an awareness of community successes and problems as well as the knowledge to help meet the challenge of the future.

Leadership Savannah seeks to inspire individual leadership growth by providing the learning experiences that lead to a better understanding of our community and preparation for meeting the challenges of the present and future. Leadership Savannah will support the continued development, expansion and operation of Leadership programs and provide a forum for exchange of community information, resources and viewpoints.

By the end of the one year program, the participants should have:

• A better understanding of themselves and their individual leadership styles
• Improved leaderships skills
• Deeper knowledge of the Savannah community and how it fits in the regional, state, national and global economy
• Identified the major challenges facing Savannah
• Built relationships with other class members and existing community leaders
• Used their leadership skills to provide service to Step Up, Savannah’s Anti-poverty Initiative ( or another community challenge
• Developed a deep commitment to making the Savannah community a better place to live and work
Graduates of Leadership Savannah, the second oldest such organization in the country, have helped build one of the most effective leadership training programs in existence today. Program improvements over the years have resulted in positive and significant accomplishments by our graduates in this community and in the state of Georgia.

For more information on Leadership Savannah, please contact Margaret Mary Russell at 912.644.6432 or or visit

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The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce is a business organization managed by a volunteer board of directors. The Chamber encompasses Visit Savannah, Ambassadors Council, Business Education Partnerships, Continue Achieving Progress, the CEO Council, Communities in Schools, Drug-Free Workplace, Greater Savannah Sports Council, Governmental Affairs Council, Leadership Savannah, Legends of Golf, Manufacturers and Distributors Council, Military Affairs Council, Savannah Compact Education Council, Small Business Council, Step Up, Trustees Council, and Tybee Island Tourism Council.

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