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Developing Community Leaders for a bright future

Thursday, November 29, 2012

From staff reports

The Chamber of Commerce is nearing the close of the second year for the Leadership Dexter Program. The program has been tailored after several other successful programs in other communities and was designed to educate and motivate a diverse group of up-and-coming leaders in the community. Individuals who have a genuine interest in leadership, a desire to learn, and who want to become more involved in the future of the community are encouraged to participate in the Leadership Dexter Program.

The goal of the program is to assist all participants in becoming more familiar with the different areas of business, industry and services in the community. The program also affords a great opportunity for networking with other community leaders. The closing date for the 2013 Program is nearing and interested parties or those who have suggestions for candidates for the program are asked to contact Janet Coleman at the Chamber for more information at 573-624-7458 or email info@dexterchamber.com.

The success of the Leadership program is illustrated by comments from previous attendees.

"The Dexter Leadership course is an educational, behind the curtain look inside the responsibilities, duties, and operations of city government, local agriculture, general and secondary education, healthcare, and industrial venues with a great opportunity to network with other leaders and future leaders of our great community.This is not a course you are graded or judged on. There is no final examination to pass. The course is just a wonderful tool for any leader or future community leader. I would strongly recommend this course to other future community leaders," said Bobby Greer, Associate Publisher, General Manager of The Daily Statesman.

"The Dexter Leadership program is a candid, behind-the-scenes, look at various industries in and around Dexter. Not knowing what to expect when joining this program, I was pleasantly surprised at how each session was so informative and interesting," said Kristin Zeman, BSA/Compliance Assistant, First National Bank in Dexter. "These businesses are the foundation of our local economy and have a profound impact on our community as a whole. The experiences and networking opportunities made available through this program are invaluable. Since participating, I have greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the businesses and business owners that help Dexter to thrive."

"Even though I grew up in Bloomfield the leadership program has created a greater knowledge and awareness for what Dexter and Stoddard County has to offer," said Jennifer Hartlein, MBA-HM, Director of Fund Development and Public Relations, Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston. "I have seen first hand the importance of young professionals working together to create a better community. One of the highlights for me was visiting the Three Rivers College's Dexter campus. The students have a state of the art facility available close to home, saving them time and money it would cost to travel to the main campus. It offers anyone wanting to further their education a way to do so. The long-term impact of Three Rivers College's Dexter campus will have on the community will be invaluable as it continues to grow. As a Three Rivers Alumni I am very proud to have this type of facility so close to home."

"Leadership Dexter was a very informative program," explained Chris Guethle, AVP, First Midwest Bank in Dexter. "Growing up in Dexter I saw the "front lines" of a lot of businesses, but Leadership Dexter allowed me to see what goes on behind the scenes every day in a few of these industries in our area and, as with most businesses, it was a lot more than I realized."

Sarah Gibson of Montgomery Bank concurs. "I have really enjoyed the Dexter Leadership 2013. It was very interesting to see the "behind the scenes" at some of our local business and even businesses I wasn't even aware of. Even being from this area, I still learned new things and had the pleasure of meeting the people that help our community keep growing. It was great time!"

"For the most part, our community knows what businesses are here, but very few know how these operations work and where the final product goes. The Leadership Program gives you this experience along with meeting people who could help you in the future," stated Kyle Christian, Commercial Relationship Manager at Montgomery Bank.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Leadership Dexter 2012," said Andrew Stuever, FieldPro Advisor at Greenway Equipment, Inc. of Dexter. "My participation allowed me to obtain an in-depth look at the area's local businesses while learning about their distinctive industries. I was able to do this while meeting and interacting with other future leaders of this great community. I strongly recommend participation in this program."

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