BOWLING GREEN, KY (11/16/12) – The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the graduation of the 2012 Leadership Bowling Green class last night at a ceremony at the Holiday Inn University Plaza. More than 85 people were in attendance at the event.
Thirty community leaders completed the eight-month Leadership Bowling Green program this year. Kelly Arnold, president of Gemini Homes, Inc., was president of this year's Leadership Bowling Green class. He said, "The goal of LBG is to educate citizens about the workings of this great community. This year's class has been very busy reaching that goal, but our experiences go far beyond visiting different businesses and organizations. As we bonded as a class, we've learned firsthand what it takes to be a leader and have committed to helping each class member be a success."
Leadership Bowling Green provides insight into many aspects of the community, examining the strengths, weaknesses and challenges residents face. Chamber Board of Directors D. Gaines Penn said, "Leadership Bowling Green is one of the Chamber's most popular programs each year. We congratulate the 2012 class for an outstanding year. We also thank our volunteer chair and co-chair, as well as the many day chair volunteers for making this program a success."
Tamara Vogler, financial center leader for President's Club Platinum Star Partner BB&T, was the 2012 program chair. With assistance from co-chair Johnston Boyd, VP of operations at The Vision Group USA, LLC, Vogler led the class through eight months of community tours, team-building activities and philanthropic efforts.
Vogler said, "I've truly enjoyed working with each member of this class. Everyone is energetic and willing to go above and beyond to make a difference here. I'm honored to have been a part of this year's program and happy to celebrate their successes."
Each year, the Leadership Bowling Green class raises money for a special cause to give back to the community. This year, the class sold raffle tickets for a variety of prizes and then donated the funds to Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green, a non-profit organization that gives young people the opportunity to reach their full potential and to become productive, caring, and responsible adults. The LBG class is completing a service project worth $23,000 and will be able to give a cash donation of $8,000.
Graduates of the 2012 Leadership Bowling Green class are:
• Joetta Arnett, Independence Bank
• Kelly Arnold, Gemini Homes, Inc.
• Cara Benningfield, BKD, LLP
• Elliot Bloomer, Southern Kentucky Neurosurgical Associates
• Jeff Brittenham, Insight Business
• Mary Carrell, Service One Credit Union
• Stacy Carter, Hosparus-Barren River
• Lacey Cole, BB&T
• Lucas Davidson, Kerrick, Stivers, Coyle, PLC
• Michael Elder, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
• Maria Fisher, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central KY
• Katie Frassinelli, National Corvette Museum
• Laura Gilbert, Heartland Outdoor Media
• Rachel Goodman, Western Kentucky University
• Rebecca Graham, Trace Die Cast, Inc.
• Robia Gross, Greenwood Mall
• Richard Hartsock, Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore, PSC
• Amy Hogue, South Central Bank of Bowling Green, Inc.
• Anna Lee, Farmers National Bank
• Lindsey McClain, Franklin Bank & Trust Company
• Lynn Minton, Western Kentucky Company
• Denise Mitchell, Village Manor/Christian Health Center
• Hampton Moore, Cole & Moore, PSC
• Chris Nation, Hitcents.com
• John Smith, U.S. Bank
• Justin Srygler, The Medical Center
• Katie Beard Stinnett, Wells Fargo Advisors
• Sonja Taylor, American Bank and Trust Company, Inc.
• Michael Thompson, Bank of Edmonson County
• Jimmy Woodall, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC
Additionally, three members of the 2011 Leadership Bowling Green Class received their diplomas: Bart Fisher of Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.; Jacinta Porter of Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore, PSC; and Lynn Hunt of Weichert Realtors-The Hunt Group.
During the graduation ceremony, Kelly Arnold was named the 2012 Bart Hagerman Leadership Award winner. The entire class selects the winner of this prestigious award, which is named for Bart Hagerman, who served as the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce's chamber executive from 1983 to 1986. Hagerman initiated the first leadership program for Chamber members in Kentucky while he worked as the assistant chamber executive at the Ashland (Ky.) Chamber of Commerce; that program became known as Leadership Ashland. He brought the program to Bowling Green when he accepted the chamber executive position, and he selected the first Leadership Bowling Green class in 1984.
After graduation, LBG participants are encouraged to join the Leadership Bowling Green Alumni Association (LBGAA). This organization allows alumni to continue to enhance their leadership skills and to remain involved in the Bowling Green community. Information about the LBGAA can be accessed by calling 270-781-8392.
Leadership Bowling Green applications will be available Friday, December 14, online at www.bgchamber.com and are due Monday, January 28, by the close of business (4:30 p.m. CST). For more information, contact Program Director Gail Henderson at the Chamber: 270-781-3200.
Information provided by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
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