Rockwall, TX (May 19, 2023) – Leadership Rockwall 2023, also known as the “best class”, graduated this week.
A program of the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Rockwall seeks to develop community leaders who will actively contribute to the success of the County long-term. Each year, approximately 20 participants from private and public sectors commit to an intensive study of county functions, services, and business segments. A time-consuming but rewarding part of the program includes the research, adoption, and completion of a service project.
Shane Hollas, of Maaco Rockwall, and member of the Class of 2020 served as this year’s Leadership Rockwall Chairperson. Saying that teamwork is a significant element of Leadership Rockwall, Hollas added, “This program will test you. It’s not easy but at the end everyone always realizes how far they came and what they learned from the program.”
This year’s project, revitalization of the Fate Community Center, was particularly challenging and one of the most extensive projects in Leadership Rockwall history. With over 2000 service hours applied, the amount of work demanded $93,000 in funds, all raised through cash and in-kind donations!
Holding a rich history, built in 1954 with wood from Fate’s original high school, and housing City Hall at one time, the center had not been updated since the 1980’s. The amount of work was significant requiring updates, repairs, or replacement of the foundation, landscaping, flooring, windows, roof, gutters, AC tune-up, ceiling tiles, lighting, audio, video and more. Newly renovated, the building will serve a sustainable purpose to Fate and the larger community as a business incubator, meeting facility, party rental facility and more.
In addition to Hollas, 3 advisors assisted the this year’s program including Lauren Chambers, Chamber Benefits Consulting (Class of 2020), Gerald Hendrick, Rockwall Wealth Advisors (Class of 2022), and Logan Lance, American National Bank (Class of 2017).
Leadership Rockwall 2023 graduates are:
- Linda Bonin – Baylor Scott & White Lake Pointe
- Susan Burt – American National Bank
- Desiree Dominguez – Resthaven Funeral Home
- Dominique Hall – Brady Z. Hill Insurance
- Andrew Hawkes – Town of Sunnyvale
- Beth Johnson – Frost Bank
- Clarence Jorif – The Compound Royse City
- Henry Lee – City of Rockwall
- Amy Mitchell – Rockwall ISD
- Christy Myers – Rockwall County Elections
- Leigh Northcutt – All Care Comfort Solutions
- Mike Rannigan – Doc’s Roofing
- Alan Robbins – City of Fate
- Ann-Marie Samford – Jungle Trek Rockwall
- Rachel Schmidt – Avidea social
- Shawn Yerks – City of Rockwall
- Harold Young – JER Chilton YMCA
The next class begins in September and applications open soon. “Leadership Rockwall has been an important part of the Chamber for over 25 years,” says Darby Burkey, President/CEO of the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce. Further encouraging interested parties to reach out for more information “to be part of an amazing program that gives you the opportunity to make an impact in this community and build great relationships with business owners and community members.”
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