Leadership Montgomery County's Class of 2019 Graduates
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX -- Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) recently celebrated the graduation of the LMC Class of 2019 at their Graduation Celebration Luncheon presented by Consolidated Communications.
With more than 400 people in attendance, the luncheon highlighted the accomplishments of the current LMC Class over the past year and also celebrated the 2019 LMC Distinguished Alumnus and 2019 LMC Honorary Alumnus.
The 44-member class of business and community leaders spent the past nine months learning about the inner workings of the county through monthly education sessions, completed a leadership development series, and worked together to give back through their class project.
Topics for the monthly education sessions included Economic Development, Education, Government, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Healthcare, Serving Our Community, and Leadership Development. The luncheon also highlighted and honored the session directors who planned each of these sessions.
The Leadership Series, sponsored by Repsol and presented by Chad Patterson & Associates, covered the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. LMC alumni led the class in small groups to discuss the book and allow class members to learn from each other’s experiences and grow in their leadership development.
The class left their mark on Montgomery County through their Class Project benefiting Angel Reach. The class worked together to help rebuild a resale furniture store for Angel Reach, called Angels Loft. The class raised more than $14,000 in cash donations and even more in in-kind donations for the project. The class renovated the space, created a business plan, created a human resources manual, implemented a store pricing system, and developed marketing and social media campaigns.
“This class has certainly left their mark on Montgomery County and will only continue to do so for years to come. They are a wonderful group of leaders who care greatly about this community,” said LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea. “They have gained a greater understanding our county, grown in their leadership development, and formed lasting relationships with other community leaders. I’m excited to see the difference they will continue to make in the community.”
The graduating class includes:
Heightened Leaders, LLC
Dr. Julie Barrett
Texas Children's Hospital
Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Mustapha Beydoun
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
Dossey & Jones, PLLC
Spirit of Texas Bank
The Woodlands Christian Academy
Lone Star Family Health Center
CHI St. Luke's Health
Woodforest National Bank
The Woodlands UMC
Exxon Mobil Corporation
United Way of Greater Houston
MDAnderson Cancer Center, The Woodlands
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital
Entergy Texas, Inc.
Dr. Michael Gerlach
Conroe Dental Health
Dr. Brandy Harvey
Lone Star College - Montgomery
Martin Earl & Stilwell, LLP
Jeremiah Kamerer, P.E.
The Strong Firm, P.C.
Daniela Mead State Farm Insurance
Conroe Welding Supply Inc.
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Laura Powers Property Group - Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce
Lt. Scott Spencer
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
YES to YOUTH Montgomery County Youth Services
CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County
The Woodlands Township
State Representative Will Metcalf
City of Conroe Police Department
Dr. Larry Verfurth
HCA Houston Healthcare - Conroe
U.S. Representatives Congressman Kevin Brady
University of St. Thomas
The event also honored Barry Blanton as the 2019 LMC Distinguished Alumnus. Blanton, of Blanton Advisors, was honored for his dedication to the community and to Leadership Montgomery County. Blanton has chaired both the United Way and the South Montgomery County YMCA. In 2010, he was honored as a Hometown Hero by Interfaith of The Woodlands. He helped bring Light the Night to Montgomery County and is an avid supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“Barry is an incredible leader who lends his time and talents to many community organizations,” said LMC Chairman of the Board Melissa Young. “He leads with integrity and inspires teamwork, creativity, and dedication. We are pleased to honor him as our 2019 Distinguished Alumnus.”
Leadership Montgomery County also honored Frankie Alexander as the 2019 Honorary Alumnus. Alexander served as president of LMC for 15 years and laid the foundation for a strong, comprehensive leadership program.
“LMC would not be what it is today without Frankie Alexander,” said Rhea. “Her dedication to this organization and her incredible work as a leader in our community made her a perfect fit for Honorary Alumnus. We are thrilled to honor Frankie with this award.”
Applications for the LMC Class of 2020 are available online now at LMCTX.org. The deadline for applications is June 7, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to developing and enhancing current and future leaders of Montgomery County. The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County.
The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber, and the Montgomery Area Chamber are all participating Chambers in the LMC program.
For more information about Leadership Montgomery County, please visit LMCTX.org.