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Continuing the tradition of excellence, our Bartow Chamber Leadership Program, we are pleased to announce the class members of our newest Leadership Bartow class, Class XIX:

Class members include: Terry Beacham, Bartow Executive Airport; Ana Bonilla, Polk County Board of County Commissioners; Tim Bosetti, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure; Melody Boston, Watson Clinic LLP; Stacey Bryant, Bartow Ford Company; Linna Cai, City of Bartow; Rugina Castillo, DESI; Anthony Corrao, CPS Investment Advisors; Blake Denz, Two Men And A Truck; Lauro Diaz, City of Bartow; Richard Frazier, City of Bartow; Brandi Hernandez, CareerSource Polk; Rick Jeffries, Polk State College; Melissa Konkol, Gause Academy of Leadership & Applied Technology; Johnnie Levin, Front Page Brewing Co; Mark Miller, United Way of Central Florida; Denise Morton, 360 Perspective Partners/ America’s Favorite Coupon Book; Wiley Pratt, City of Bartow; Adam Riley, Ewing, Blackwelder & Duce Insurance; Josh Roberts, First Presbyterian Church- Bartow; Michelle Smith, City of Bartow; Michelle Thurner, Polk County Board of County Commissioners; Stephanie Tucker, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union; Angela Walden, Prime Meridian Bank; Kimbra Wiegert, Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The Leadership Bartow program was established in 1984 to enhance the civic participation of emerging leaders within the greater Bartow area. Every two years, Leadership Bartow selects the best and brightest individuals in the Bartow area to participate in the two-year program oriented to developing leadership skills, fostering understanding of the major issues facing the Bartow area, improving the communications network among leaders of disparate backgrounds and interests and, most importantly, motivating them to contribute through voluntary participation in civic activities.

Since its inception, more than 500 individuals have completed the Bartow leadership program, acquiring the skills, knowledge and passion necessary to participate fully in the life of our community. Moreover, the program has brought together individuals ranging from corporate executives and entrepreneurs, to educators, non-profit managers and public servants.

These individuals have forged lasting networks that have proved essential to creating a vital, positive community for current and future generations.

Leadership Bartow continues to be a vital part of the overall effort to ensure that the pool of talent from which the community can draw its future leaders continues to be renewed.

November 1 and 2, 2021, class members will get together for the first time for an opening retreat at Idlewood Venue. Facilitated by Frances Shanks and Lindsey Smith of Pallet One, this class will spend these two days learning more about themselves and about each other.

You have a chance to meet these individuals, at the Bartow Ford Fun Thursday event, on November 4, 2021. Come out and congratulate them on being accepted to this excellent program, and to encourage them as they embark on their journey of developing life-long relationships and growing in their leadership development.

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