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Finalists & Select Winners Announced for 2011 Distinguished Leadership Awards

By: Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Release
By: Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Release

Tallahassee, Fla. - July 21, 2011 -

Leadership Tallahassee and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce have announced the 2011 finalists of the Distinguished Leadership Awards, as well as the winners of this year’s Lifetime Leadership Award and Godfrey Smith Past Chairmen’s Award.

The awards ceremony, now in its 17th year, will take place on September 15 at 6 p.m., at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, and will honor deserving leaders in five categories. The following winners and finalists have been chosen in each of the categories:

Lifetime Leadership Award: Recognizes an individual who has made significant, tangible leadership contributions to the Tallahassee community for more than 25 years. This year’s winner is:
Martha W. Barnett, Holland & Knight; TLO, LLC

Godfrey Smith Past Chairmen’s Award: Honors an individual who has provided significant contributions to the business community before, during, and after their tenure as Chairman of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. The award was named after William Godfrey Smith, the first recipient; an individual who epitomized the ideals of honor, dedication and commitment in our community. This year’s winner is:
James Elliott Messer, Messer, Caparello & Self, PA

Leader of the Year: Awarded to an individual whose ideas, vision and hard work have achieved significant, tangible benefits to the community within the past year. This year’s finalists are:
Marc Bauer, Hotel Duval
Theresa Flury, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend
Mickey Moore, Southern Scholarship Foundation
Cheryl Phoenix, America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Sean Singleton, Verge Technology

Leadership Pacesetter: Given to an individual who is blazing a trail for others to follow by quickly engaging in community leadership activities – and achieving tangible results – as a relative newcomer to Tallahassee or at a relatively young age. This year’s finalists are:
Ben Graybar, Tallahassee State Bank
Sha'Ron James, Florida Department of Financial Services
Gloria Pugh, A.M.W.A.T.
Allison Tant Richard, Community Volunteer

Servant Leadership: This individual has demonstrated consistent community leadership and begun to achieve results beyond a single field of endeavor, combining efforts in business and non-profit organizations. This year’s finalists are:
Dot Inman-Johnson, Capital Area Community Action Agency
Jerry Osteryoung, Jim Moran Institute
Cecile Reynaud, Florida State University

The event serves as Leadership Tallahassee’s major community fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the Youth Leadership Tallahassee program. Sponsored tables are available for $1,000 and individual reservations for $100. To secure your spot at this year’s event, please contact Barbara Boone at (850) 521-3112 or bboone@talchamber.com.

About Leadership Tallahassee
Leadership Tallahassee is a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to cultivate a diverse network of emerging and experienced leaders committed to improving the community.

About Youth Leadership Tallahassee
Created in 2004, Youth Leadership Tallahassee is a year-long program that brings together a diverse group of high school juniors from the public and private schools in Tallahassee who have demonstrated leadership in formal and informal situations, and prepares them to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.

About the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization providing resources, tools and opportunities to the business community. As the region’s largest, most influential business organization, the Chamber provides its members with networking, professional development & community engagement opportunities; access to tools & resources; a bigger voice in the halls of government and added visibility. By equipping businesses for today, the Chamber enhances the quality of life in the community, and strengthens the local business climate.


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