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Leadership Jacksonville host new Leadership Summit

Leadership Jacksonville, an organization that develops youth and adult leaders in Northeast Florida, welcomed 14 participants to its 2013 New Leadership Summit event. The two-day program was held at the Omni Amelia Island. Attendees included CEOs and other executives who are new or relatively new to Northeast Florida.

“The summit offered a wonderful opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue among community leaders new to the area,” said Justin Terry, executive vice president at Harden and president of the Leadership Jacksonville Board of Directors. “Attendees heard from Northeast Florida decision–makers and business executives about key issues affecting our area and the importance of economic development to our region.”

The program aimed to inform participants of Jacksonville’s assets and potential, highlighting key issues of community importance and facilitating relationships between the participants. During the two-day summit, participants had the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with a variety of community leaders as well as with their fellow Leadership Jacksonville New Leadership Summit class members. Participants included:

  • Russell Armistead, Chief Executive Officer, Shands Jacksonville
  • Paul Astleford, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visit Jacksonville
  • Ted Carter, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development
  • Kurt Caywood, Vice President of Audience, Times-Union Media
  • Tim Cost, President, Jacksonville University
  • Franklin Danley, Senior Vice President/Jacksonville City President, Regions Bank
  • Tiffany Galvin Green, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, River Region Human Services
  • Patrick Geraghty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Blue
  • Mary Anne Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
  • Gregory Montana, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, FIS
  • Ellyn Raftery, Chief Marketing Officer, FIS
  • Andrew Russell, Executive Vice President, Business Banking Group FL/GA, CertusBank
  • Monica Whiting, Chief Customer Officer, JEA
  • Janette Wilcox, Resident Managing Director, Aon Risk Services, Inc.

The event included presentations by Matt Rapp, executive director of THE PLAYERS Championship, and Hope McMath, director of The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, who spoke to participants about the unique aspects of sports and leisure as well as culture and arts in the community. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown shared his vision for the community and former Jacksonville Mayor and current University of North Florida President John Delaney offered his perspective on the political context of the community. Featured program speakers also included former Jacksonville Mayor and Gate Petroleum President John Peyton, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Deborah Gianoulis Heald, president of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford and JAX Chamber Interim President Jerry Mallot.

“The annual summit serves as an excellent networking opportunity for participants,” said Isabelle Owen Spence, executive director for Leadership Jacksonville. “It provides a look at the area’s history, future and demographic trends from the view of policymakers and business-leaders alike.”

Leadership Jacksonville annually offers The New Leadership Summit as a unique opportunity in Northeast Florida targeted to CEOs and senior level executives who are new or relatively new to the community. Participants learn about the region’s assets, issues, institutions and leadership from some of the key corporate, civic, social and educational leaders. Group size is limited to 20 to allow for meaningful interaction. Participation is by invitation only. To learn more about Leadership Jacksonville and its programs, visit www.leadershipjax.org or call (904) 396-6263.


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