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2011 – 2012 Leadership Savannah Class Announced

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September 14, 2011 --

For Immediate Release
September 7, 2011

Contact: Megan White
Phone: 912.644.6429

2011 – 2012 Leadership Savannah Class Announced

The following people have been selected to participate in the 2011 – 2012 Leadership Savannah Program:

Drew Ambos Ambos Seafoods, LLC
Jason Buelterman Savannah Chatham County Public School System
Frances Carter Union Mission, Inc.
C. J. Chance Hussey, Gay, Bell, & DeYoung
Cynthia Creighton-Jones Cape Creations Catering, Inc
Jack Dibrell Ft Stewart and Hunter AAF Garrison Command
Deborah Dickson Edward Jones Investments
Rena Douse J.C.Lewis Primary Health Care Center
Jerry Flemming City of Savannah
Austin Hill Austin Hill Realty, LLC
Mary Anne Hogan St. Vincent's Academy
Janet Howard Konter Realty Company
Robert Hughes Brannen, Searcy & Smith, LLP
Robyn Iannone Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Gequetta Jenkins Savannah Chatham County Public School System
D Michelle Jervey Satori Construction
Kacey Kennickell The Kennickell Group
Trip Kennickell The Kennickell Group
Megan Kerley Hospice Savannah, Inc.
Adam Kirk Hunter Maclean
Shannon Lancaster Lady Lancaster
Cindy Landolt City of Savannah
Terry Lemmons Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Heath Lloyd City of Savannah
Spencer Luke Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Ronald McGee Georgia Power
Jason E. McMillan BB&T
Carl Miller Georgia African American Male Leadership Institute
Chase Mouchet Alpha FInancial Management
Jenny O'Sako Seacrest Partners
Terri ONeil Historic Savannah Foundation
Susannah Pedigo Inglesby, Falligant, Horne, Courington & Chisholm
Gary Sanchez Atlanta Gas Light
Matthew Schivera J. T. Turner Construction Co., Inc.
Ryan Sewell Bernard Williams & Co
Rob Sparks Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Howard E. Spiva Spiva Law Group
Bettina Tate Savannah Chatham County Public School System
Jackie Teel Metropolitan Planning Commission
Vin Thomas TMX Finance LLC (TitleMax)
Nikki Troxclair Georgia Institute of Technology—Savannah
Brad Whitfield Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP
Kelly York The Savannah Bank

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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