Monday, August 24, 2015

Chamber Announces Destin Forward Class of 2016

Destin, Fla., Aug. 24 – On Aug. 18-19, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed 22 into its Destin Forward community education and leadership program. During the retreat, class members participated in personality and teambuilding exercises and discussions to explore the issues and challenges Destin faces. Chamber Board members greeted them during a reception to thank them for their willingness to learn more about the city and the leadership it needs moving forward.
The class will met monthly from September to April to build leadership skills through hands-on training. It will explore Destin’s heritage, hear from community leaders and industry experts about current issues, and participate in discussions about resolutions for its future.
Activities include field trips to explore Destin’s harbor area, its utility services, and city resources; panel discussions with business leaders in tourism, development, arts and philanthropy, and more; and presentations from area transportation, economic, and tourism experts. Class members will also visit state legislators in Tallahassee and see the Senate and House in action.
The class will graduate in May with a better knowledge of Destin and the leadership skills needed to continue building this world-class community.
Class members include the following:
Lindsay Anderson, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Lindsay Anderson
ResortQuest by Wyndham
Vacation Rentals

Christian Carlee, Trustmark National Bank
Christian Carlee
Trustmark National Bank

Alan Chester, Destin Computer Repair
Alan Chester
Destin Computer Repair

Jason Connor, ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, Inc.
Jason Connor
ValleyCrest Landscape
Maintenance, Inc.

Shelby DeSoto, The Walton Sun
Shelby DeSoto
The Walton Sun

Vickie Giles, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Vickie Giles
ResortQuest by Wyndham
Vacation Rentals

Victoria Hargroder, Hargroder Real Estate Group, Inc.
Victoria Hargroder
Hargroder Real Estate
Group, Inc.

Kevin E. Kelly, Morgan Stanley
Kevin E. Kelly
Morgan Stanley

Jenny Larson, SummerPlace Inn
Jenny Larson
SummerPlace Inn

Bertram Little, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
Bertram Little
Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Emerald Coast

Jacqui Luberto, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce
Jacqui Luberto
Destin Area
Chamber of Commerce

Heather Lustgraaf, Southern Vacation Rentals
Heather Lustgraaf
Southern Vacation Rentals

Daniel Magistri, Three Lefts Consulting, LLC
Daniel Magistri
Three Lefts Consulting, LLC

Bryan Osborn, Anderson Engineering, Inc.
Bryan Osborn
Anderson Engineering, Inc.

Doug Rainer, City of Destin
Doug Rainer
City of Destin

Michelle Sanchez, Destin Commons
Michelle Sanchez
Destin Commons

Donald Slappey, Hancock Bank
Donald H. Slappey
Hancock Bank

Neil Spencer, Coastline Calvary Chapel
Neil Spencer
Coastline Calvary Chapel

Brittany Tate, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance
Brittany L. Tate
Basin Alliance

Francis M. Teacher, Winter Spires & Associates, P.A.
Francis M. Teacher
Winter Spires
& Associates, P.A.

Bryce Trafford, Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
Bryce Trafford
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Kristi West, Southern Rentals & Real Estate
Kristi West
Southern Rentals
& Real Estate

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