Categorized | Breaking News, JAX Briefs

Leadership Jacksonville announces new leadership summit participants

2014 New Leadership Summit participants (1)Leadership Jacksonville, an organization that develops youth and adult leaders in Northeast Florida, welcomed 16 participants to its 2014New Leadership Summit, a two-day program held at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Attendees included CEOs and other executives who are new or relatively new to Northeast Florida.

“The summit offered a chance for community leaders to engage in a meaningful dialogue with others in similar positions,” said Jill Langford Dame, executive director of Leadership Jacksonville. “Attendees heard from Northeast Florida decision–makers and business executives about issues of importance to our region.”

Participants included:

  • ·         Don Baldwin, Senior VP, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Haskell
  • ·         Jonathan Bennett, Chief Merchandising Officer, Interline Brands Inc.
  • ·         Diane Boyle, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House
  • ·         Michael Brannigan, CEO, The Suddath Companies
  • ·         Don Capener, Dean, Davis College of Business, Jacksonville University
  • ·         Todd Feintuch, Managing Director, Senior VP, SunTrust Private Wealth Management
  • ·         Angelia Hiers, Chief Human Resources Officer, JEA
  • ·         Suzanne Hudson-Smith, Executive Director, Jacksonville Public Library Foundation
  • ·         Jay Levitch, Senior VP, Director of In-house Litigation, Fidelity National Financial
  • ·         David Miles, Chief Financial Officer, Healogics
  • ·         Tim Ryan, Plant Manager, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
  • ·         Joseph Santore, President and CEO, Opta Comp
  • ·         Leslie Slover, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
  • ·         Brian Taylor, CEO, Jacksonville Port Authority
  • ·         Aundra Wallace, CEO, Downtown Investment Authority, City of Jacksonville
  • ·         Scott Wooten, Senior VP, CFO, Baptist Health

Participants learned about the region’s assets, institutions and leadership from key corporate, civic, nonprofit and educational leaders.  The program included presentations about the area’s history, politics, economy, education system, nonprofit sector and cultural and leisure offerings.

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 or call (904) 396-6263.


About Leadership Jacksonville

 Leadership Jacksonville was established in 1976 as a vehicle to stimulate growth of leadership in the Northeast Florida community. The mission of Leadership Jacksonville is to develop youth and adult leaders who will assume greater responsibility as community trustees and improve the quality of life for self, family and community. Leadership Jacksonville currently has four major programs: Leadership Jacksonville; New Leadership Summit; Youth Leadership Jacksonville Program; and the Collegiate Leadership Experience. It also created the Jacksonville Legacy Series, an initiative to document and preserve through video interviews the thoughts and ideas of the region’s most prominent leaders who have positively impacted the First Coast community.

To learn more about Leadership Jacksonville and its programs, visit or call (904) 396-6263.


Leave a Reply