Thursday, June 19, 2008

Congratulations Leadership Coweta Class of 2008

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is delighted to congratulate the 18 members of the 2008 class of Leadership Coweta, the county's most prestigious leadership development program. For the past 13 years, members of Leadership Coweta have learned about the business, government and nonprofit aspects of community life in Coweta County and have gone on to become engaged in many facets of community leadership.

The 2008 graduates are: Judi Alvey, Comcast Spotlight; Bill Blackmon, Georgia Power Co.; Holly Blair, VistaCare; Rob Brass, Murray's Minuteman Press; Alexis Brooks, Newnan Utilities; RuthAnn Carlton, Bank of Coweta; Nate Duncan, Bonnell Aluminum; Renee Faulkner, BB&T; Josh Fisher, Dunaway Gardens; Raymond Grote, Neighborhood Community Bank; Robin Harrington, Junction Lanes; Clif Kersey, J. Smith Lanier & Co.; Carolyn Proffitt, United Way in Coweta and Fayette Counties; Craig Ruby, Sign & Graphic Solutions, Inc.; Ashley Sims, Canongate Golf Clubs; Linda Sullivan, West Central Technical College; Mitchell Thompson, Comforts of Home Assisted Living; and Jeffrey Whelchel, Accenture.

"This class really was amazing in terms of their energy and commitment," said Dee Dee Bogolin, Personal Lines Producer at J. Smith Lanier & Co, and chair of the 2007-2008 Leadership Coweta program. "I was thoroughly impressed with the way they all took the ball and ran with their assigned community engagement projects. They raised a combined total of
approximately $50,000 to benefit One Roof, Community Welcome House and Prevent Child Abuse Coweta, in addition to finding support for advertising, printing and other costs associated with fundraising. This is definitely a promising group of community leaders who have the potential to do great things."

"On the whole, I was impressed with how well our county is running and how hard people are working to make that happen," said Rob Brass, owner of Murray's Minuteman Press. "It's something you don't normally think about. I went into the class with a deep passion for Newnan and for Coweta County, but after this experience, I realize that we have a lot of possibilities and responsibilities in terms of economic development and growth. Fortunately,
there are a lot of other passionate people who want to be involved in taking us in the right direction. I was so energized by this experience that I've decided to run for county commissioner."

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2008-2009 Leadership Coweta class. To nominate a promising, up-and-coming Coweta leader, contact Valerie Ward at the Chamber, 770-253-2270 or

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