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Leadership Southeast Georgia class graduates, including business execs from 10 coastal counties

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PHOTO:  Front Row: Marjorie Young, Dionne Hoskins, Jan Bass; Second Row: Brynn Grant, Sam McCachern, John Young, Marcus Lotson, Tan Adams, Tom Allmon, Paul Brooksher, Bryan Ferris, Tom Alexander; Back Row: Jeff Notrica, Jeff Grant, Jason McMillan, Patton Dugas, Lawrence Crosby, Jon Seagraves, Freddy Howell, Ashley Bowersox, Jared Downs, Erica Backus. Not Pictured: Dina McKain

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

June 1, 2015 - After five months of training, Leadership Southeast Georgia announces the 2015 graduating class. Leadership Southeast Georgia is a regional program to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal Region.

This year, 23 participants spent one weekend a month in surrounding counties learning about topics that effect local counties such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation.

All of the participants live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s Coastal Region.

The Leadership Southeast Georgia program focuses on improving competencies most important to regional leadership. Those competencies include: emotional intelligence or “mastery of self;” integrity and trust; ethics and values; building and sustaining collaboration; conflict resolution and mediation through different interests; effective communications with individuals and large and geographically dispersed audiences; and systematical thinking and long-range decision making.

Beginning in January 1999, leaders representing the business, local government, and education communities set about the difficult task of creating a regional strategic plan for community and economic development. A regional leadership program brought together citizens from each of the 10 counties in the coastal region was envisioned as a means to reinforce the regional capacity to address challenges and capitalize on common opportunities. The program content focused on the assets of the area, as well as potential threats to those assets.   Since 2000, LSEGA has produced ten graduating classes and approximately 175 graduates.

There were 23 participants this year.  Graduates of the 2015 class included:

Tan Adams, Georgia Power;

Tom Alexander, Liberty College & Career Academy;

Thomas Allmon, Ft. Stewart;

Erica Backus, Savannah Chamber of Commerce;

Jan Bass, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire;

Ashley Bowersox, ThincSavannah;

Paul Brooksher, Bryan County Schools;

Lawrence Crosby, Vista Outdoor Advertising;

Jared Downs, Senator Johnny Isakson;

Patton Dugas, Ameris Bank;

Bryan Ferris, Rives Worrell;

Jeff Grant, City of Statesboro;

Brynn Grant, SEDA;

John Henry, Effingham Development Authority;

Dionne L. Hoskins, Savannah State University/Savannah Chatham School Board Member;

Freddy L. Howell, Bryan County Emergency Services;

Marcus K. Lotson, Chatham MPC;

Sam G. McCachern, Thomas and Hutton;

Dina McKain, Ft. Stewart;

Jason McMillan, BB&T;

Jeff Notrica, Dresser Palmer House;

Jon Seagraves, South State Bank;

Marjorie Young, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.



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