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Leadership Savannah Announces 2013-2014 Class

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By: Taylor Griffin

September 24, 2013 SAVANNAH, GA. -- The following people have been selected to participate in the 2013-2014 Leadership Savannah program:
Jamal Barrow United States Air Force
John Bennett Savannah Bicycle Campaign
Mark Bennett Gulfstream
Kate Blair Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Karen Bogans International Paper
Tommy Branch Callaway, Braun, Riddle & Hughes, P.C.
Toby Browne The Savannah Bank
Eric Bull Spine and Sport
Ricky Byrd Elkins Constructors, Inc.
Todd Cellini South University
Patrick Connell Ellis, Painter, Ratterree and Adams
Carol Coppola SunTrust Bank
Kerry Coursey Savannah Chatham County Public Schools
Daniel Crook HunterMaclean
Beth Desloges Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia
Emily Dickinson Wet Willie's Management Corp.
Megan Duffy City of Savannah, Georgia
Patton Dugas The Coastal Bank
Catherine Edwards Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Troy Follak Gulfstream Aerospace Corporaton
John Giordano Thomas & Hutton Engineering
John Harper US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
Tom Hartridge Willis
Amy Henderson Bart Meyer & Company LLP
Brandt Herndon SEDA
Tina Hinson Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Robert Howard Armstrong Atlantic State University
Dani Ibarra - Beckmann Savannah College of Art and Design
Wanda Jackson USG - Savannah State University
Benjamin Karpf Bouhan Falligant, LLP
Gina Kreiss North Point Hospitality Group
Ryan Martin Sea Island Bank a division of Synovus Bank
Alfred McGuire Savannah Chatham County Public Schools
Brian Mitchell Georgia Power Company
Sheron Morgan City of Savannah
Jessica Pedigo Seacrest Partners, Inc.
Michael Poulios H+K Engineering Group
Mark Revenew City of Pooler
Nancy Reyes Savannah Morning News/
Lizann Roberts Lizann Roberts Consulting
Andrew Smith R.B. Baker Construction
Ernie Tafoya US Army, Hunter Army Airfield
Cody Tharpe Tharpe Structural Design Group
Jessica Thomas Memorial Health Anderson Cancer Center
Tripp Turner J.T. Turner Construction
Tony Uhrich Hussey Gay Bell & DeYoung, Consulting Engineers
Randall Webb Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP
Jenny Woodruff Savannah Music Festival
Bea Wray The Creative Coast
Paul Yarborough Georgia Ports Authority
These leaders and potential leaders are chosen because they are active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations and ethnic and minority groups, which reflects the diversity of the community. The program is a one-year commitment, which focuses on developing the leadership skills of the group to improve the community.
By the end of the year, the participants should have:
A better understanding of themselves and their individual leadership styles;
Improved leaderships skills;
A 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.
The programs consist of monthly interactive sessions led by top community experts within their fields. For the 2013-2014 Leadership Savannah class, sessions begin in September 2013 and conclude in June 2014 with graduation. In 2013, Leadership Savannah graduated 46 people at a ceremony held in June for the 2012-2013 class.

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