Eighteen rising business leaders graduated on June 9 from the The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Elk River program.
Certificates were presented at a ceremony to Tamara Ackerman, Avalon Salon; David Black, The Bank of Elk River; Beth Boysen, Sherburne County; Linda Canton, Elk River Police Department; Colleen Eddy, city of Elk River EDA; Jennifer Gilmore Sawyer, First National Bank of Elk River; Rebecca Hanson, ISD 728 Community Education; Rick Huntington, Guardian Angels; Janet McCarty, Virtual Bookkeeping USA, LLC; Nick McElhone, North Central Insurance Agency; Mary Murphy, CAER Food Shelf; Chuck Naughton, Hess & Jendro Law Office P.A.; Steven Nelson, Land Home Financial Services; Tracy Pierce, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing; Nicole Rasmussen, ISD 728 Community Education; Jessica Schaffer, YMCA Elk River; Greg Schultz, The Bank of Elk River; and Sherry Schwarzkopf, Sherburne County.
From September 2016 through June 2017, participants attended all-day sessions centered on key topics. Each day was comprised of a combination of presenters, panels, hands-on activities and on-site visits to locations relevant to the day’s subject.
Participants gained an in-depth view of the community, developed the skills necessary to assume leadership roles and were exposed to involvement opportunities, according to a Chamber of Commerce press release.
The program provides insight into key issues impacting the area and introduces the class to potential contacts and resources. Although it is designed as a community training and leadership program, alumni attest to the fact that the experience has a significant positive impact on their careers and personal lives as well.
The leadership program began in 1996 and has had more than 300 people graduate. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 class.