• 15 Graduate from Chamber’s Community Education & Leadership Program, Total Number of Graduates Reaches 200

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    May 07, 2021
    Destin Forward

    On May 4, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 15 business professionals from its 13th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Cassy DeJulio, Destin Chamber.

    Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders.  After a retreat in August, the class spent the next eight months touring and learning about Destin’s waterways, tourism industry, arts & culture, non-profits, environment, city programs and services, economic development, and military. With the graduation of this class, the total number of program alumni is now 200.

    Class requirements also includes attendance at several Chamber and civic functions, as well as a group project that creates a lasting impact on the City of Destin. For their project, class members are contributing to the revitalization of the Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park through the donation of agility equipment and a tree, planted during the City's Arbor Day Celebration.

    Graduates of the Destin Forward Class of 2021 include Renea Black, Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast, Inc.; Scott Brom, Harris Business Machines; Matt Butler; Branden Crosby, Warren Averett, LLC; Cassy DeJulio, Destin Chamber; Alexsis Evans, Warren Averett, LLC; Shaun Foster, Hancock Whitney; Brenda Gray, Hilton Garden Inn Destin/Miramar Beach; Stefanie Greenwood, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican; Clayton Hicks, Progress Bank; Richard Martin, Destin Water Users, Inc.; Chuck Mitchell, CRC Data Technologies; Lindsey Polk, Harris Business Machines; Michelle Royce, Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries; Natasha Smith, Vacasa; and Presley Sullivan, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican.
    Four class members, chosen by class vote, will join the Destin Forward Advisory Board for a 3-year term, where they will help steer the program for future classes. Those chosen include Gray, Hicks, Polk and Royce.

    For more information about the program, please call (850) 837-6241 or email mail@DestinChamber.com

    Photo Caption: Congratulations to the Destin Forward Class of 2021! Graduates include (back row, left to right) Richard Martin, Destin Water Users; Chuck Mitchell, CRC Data Technologies; Cassy DeJulio, Destin Chamber; Natasha Smith, Vacasa; Branden Crosby, Warren Averett; Clayton Hicks, Progress Bank; Alexsis Evans, Warren Averett; Matt Butler; (front row) Presley Sullivan, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican; Lindsey Polk, Harris Business Machines; Renae Black, Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast; Michelle Royce, Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries; and Brenda Gray, Hilton Garden Inn – Destin/Miramar Beach. Not pictured are Scott Brom, Harris Business Machines; Shaun Foster, Hancock Whitney; and Stefanie Greenwood, Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican.

     
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