By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council
This week we launch our 17th Leadership Bonita program with 25 enthusiastic and committed individuals looking to learn and grow into the region’s next generation of leaders. These will be the people providing what our community will need to move us successfully forward in the years to come.
Our passion here at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber is to inspire engagement by exposing participants to the CEO’s and Operations Officers of every facet of the inner workings of the major components of our City and Region. From the front lines of the public safety systems to the back of the house at one of our largest resort properties, we provide participants with a reality check of what it takes to run and service our economy and quality of life here in Southwest Florida.
The 25 participants in this class are: Heather Auld – Lee Memorial Health System, Tom Barber – Agnoli, Barber & Brundage, Colleen Billings – Vi at Bentley Village, Sheri Branstetter – Bonita Community Health, Jay Caudill – Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick, Jessica Curry – FineMark National Bank & Trust, Yuriy Datsyk – Fred Astaire Bonita Springs, Keith Day – Lee County Office of the Sheriff, Lorena De Los Reyes – Wiebel, Hennells & Carufe, Darcy Eikenberg – Red Cape Revolution, Scott Flagel – American House Bonita Springs, Natalie Gagnon – Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Michael Honorio – Summit Broadband, Kim Hoskins – Bonita Springs Utilities, Michael Kirby – CH2M Hill, Cindy McCurry-Ross – The News-Press Media Group, Jim Murphy – Bonita Springs Fire District Commissioner, Nicole Perino -City of Bonita Springs, Mike Prioletti – Baird Private Wealth Management/Bonita Springs Rotary Club Noon, Richard Scott – Bonita Springs Fire and Rescue District, Brad Shipley – Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, Arielle Stimson – FGCU Alumni Relations – Carole Stuckert, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Eddie Thorpe – Naples Daily News/The Banner, Randy Upchurch – FGCU Hospitality School.
Congratulate them when you see them for stepping up to the plate. Think about your own engagement level and maybe we’ll see you in the class of 2016-2017!