Leadership Brunswick County graduates 10 business professionals

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Ten people graduated from Leadership Brunswick County. Photo courtesy Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ten people graduated from Leadership Brunswick County. Photo courtesy Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis recently delivered a keynote address during the 2014-2015 Leadership Brunswick County graduation ceremony.

Leadership Brunswick County is a program sponsored by Brunswick Community College and the Brunswick County, North Brunswick and Southport-Oak Island Area Chambers of Commerce to develop corps of informed, committed and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for Brunswick County, according to a news release from the Chamber.

“It is designed to identify highly motivated, emerging leaders and educate them about the needs of our community, as well as the dynamics of social and economic changes,” Karen Sphar, executive vice president of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

To graduate from Leadership Brunswick County, participants were required to attend an orientation retreat, a minimum of six sessions from the eight sessions held between October and April and attend Chamber of community college functions.

The 2014-2015 Leadership Brunswick County graduates are: Tony Carico; Carolina Cowan, Strings & Beyond.com; Elina DiCostanzo, Brunswick Community College; Jonathan Paul Dupree, Brunswick Community College; Onya Z. Gardner, Brunswick Community College; Victoria Humphrey, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center; Cindy Leonard, Farm Bureau Insurance; Stacey McCumbee, Arbor Landing; Brandon Sauls, InterCoastal Net Designs; and Venus Vaden, NewBridge Bank.

Applications to participate in the 2015-2016 Leadership Brunswick County program will be available in late July. To receive an application, or for more information, please contact Brunswick Community College at (910)755-7383; Brunswick County Chamber at  (910) 754-6644, North Brunswick Chamber at (910) 383-0553 or Southport Oak Island Area Chamber at (910) 457-6964.