(Pictured above: Members of the 2017 LEAD Hampton Roads Class)
“I learned so much in my LEAD Hampton Roads classes,” said 2017 LEAD Hampton Roads graduate Ron Crow, Editor of Inside Business. “The perspective I've gained on every part of Hampton Roads has already proven invaluable in my job, and I expect the personal connections I made with classmates will pay dividends for many years to come.” Crow reflected on his experience in the 2017 LEAD Signature Class at LEAD Hampton Roads Bravo! A Celebration of Leadership graduation event on May 18th.
More than 400 guests and business leaders gathered to celebrate the fifty regional leaders of the LEAD Hampton Roads' Signature Program for the successful completion of the 9-month leadership course. They now join more than 1,300 other graduates serving the region. In addition to the Signature Class, LEAD Hampton Roads, a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber, recognizes exemplary leaders around the region and the lasting impact they have made.
The First Citizen of Hampton Roads Award was presented to Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, Co-Founders of Operation Smile, for their courageous and selfless efforts to provide medical care to children across our country and the world. After a standing ovation, they reflected on their motivation, saying “Love by definition is making someone else’s problem your problem, and you have done this in Hampton Roads. We thank all of you for your leadership.”
The Visionary Award, which honors leaders who have the ability to see and respond to the challenges and opportunities of our region was presented to Thomas R. Frantz, Attorney, Chairman of the Board, Williams Mullen. Frantz noted, “My generation, too often, is apologetic when they talk about vision and opportunities…but the younger folks are more collaborative. They start with strengths. They start with opportunities, and they build.”
Kevin Turpin, President and Founder of the Life Enrichment Center and a graduate of the LEAD Hampton Roads Class of 1998 accepted the Julian Hirst Alumni Leadership Award. Turpin’s lifelong dedication to leadership training and development in Hampton Roads has proven himself to stand as a model of what is best in service this community.
The ICON Young Professional Award was presented to Sarah J. McCoy, Director of State and Local Affairs for the Port of Virginia. McCoy, the first recipient of this award, is a role model of servant leadership and professionalism for the next generation of leaders in our region.
Three decades ago, the business leaders of the Hampton Roads Chamber created LEAD Hampton Roads to identify, educate and support regional leaders in their efforts as catalysts for a world class region. These members provide informed and positive leadership throughout our region and beyond.
LEAD Hampton Roads is a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber. The Hampton Roads Chamber will continue to uphold the responsibility of excellence across the region and throughout the world through selfless service, diversity, and collaboration.
(Pictured left to right: Dr. William and Kathleen Magee receiving the First Citizen of Hampton Roads Award, Jeff Ainslie, Past Chair, LEAD Hampton Roads Board of Trustees)
Thank you to our sponsors: TowneBank (Presenting); Ainslie Group; Seventh Point Advertising (Platinum); The Port of Virginia (Visionary Sponsor); Yiannis Wine Shop; Productive AV; STIHL; IntellecTechs; SunTrust Bank; William and Mary Mason School of Business; Eastern Virginia Medical School, LifeNet Health; Williams Mullen (Distinguished Sponsors).