• Chamber Announces Destin Forward Class of 2016

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    August 24, 2015
    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
    Choctawhatchee
    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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