The Robins Regional Chamber and Robins Regional Education Foundation congratulate the 18 new graduates of the Leadership Robins Region program who now have the insight, tools, and understanding to support the chamber’s community initiatives, build relationships, and improve lives across the Robins Region.

The graduates completed the year-long training program that brings together emerging public, private, and nonprofit-sector leaders from Houston County. Over the course of the program, participants get an in-depth view of community issues, develop leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles, and are exposed to community involvement opportunities. Leadership Robins also provides participants with a unique opportunity to meet and discuss issues with key community leaders.

“Leadership Robins Region is an exciting opportunity for our emerging business leaders to gain a greater understanding of how the various sectors of our community come together to operate,” said Aura Lee Durham, Chief Operating Officer of the Robins Regional Chamber & LRR Class Advisor.  “But the true benefit of this program is it allows our emerging leaders to discover how they fit into the big picture and how they can use their talents to lead our community into the future. The friendships formed and lessons learned this year are truly a blessing that we will continue to enjoy for years to come.”

The Leadership Robins Region program consists of ten (10) sessions that include full-day programs with formal instruction in leadership from the academic, business, and civic worlds, combined with practical on-site tours and visits with business, industry, governmental, and other leaders in the Robins Region. The course curriculum is based on the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute Community Leadership Program. Participants also participate in community outreach initiatives throughout the year.

“This program is vital for developing an effective leadership pipeline for our communities and region,” said April Bragg, President & CEO of the Robins Regional Chamber. “By participating in Leadership Robins Region, class members have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills through classroom lectures on topics ranging from Building Communities through Collaboration to Leading Community Change to Communicating Effectively. They learn to assess their own personal leadership style and how to effectively engage with other styles of leadership. Congratulations to these outstanding 18 professionals for completing this training. I am grateful for your commitment to this work and for the good you will do.”

The 2019 Leadership Robins Region graduates are:

    • Jen Colvin, Little League Baseball
    • DeAnn Dent
    • Chelsea Dozier, Ashley’s Business Solutions
    • Emily Floyd, Robins Air Force Base
    • Andrew Fogal, Edward Jones Investments 
    • Mitchell Fowler, SunMark Community Bank
    • Karen French, Persons Banking
    • Amber Gross, Visiting Angels of Central Georgia
    • Dan Komanski, Robins Federal Credit Union
    • Brooke Newby, City of Perry
    • Joe Reed, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • Mike “Lae” Reynolds, Vertex Aerospace TCS
    • Dylan Ricks, Allen’s Tree Service
    • Cindy Rumney, Central Georgia Technical College
    • Kasey Smith, Coldwell Banker Robbins & Free
    • Peter Tran, Houston Healthcare
    • Jessica Van Buren, Peach State Hospitality
    • Tony Wagoner, Coldwell Banker Robbins & Free

LRR class members learn from local, regional and state experts in infrastructure and transportation, small business and entrepreneurship, workforce training, public health and other fields necessary for economic growth in the Robins Region.

For over 30 years, Leadership Robins Region has enhanced the leadership skills, policy knowledge and networks of community members in the Robins Region. After graduation, the LRR graduates become members of the Robins Regional Leadership Alumni Network, which includes more than 500 community leaders who understand the importance of collaboration, resource sharing, and innovative thinking.