Leadership McKinney, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce’s nationally recognized leadership development program, graduated their 26th class on Thursday, May 15 at The Sanctuary in Adriatica Village. Sponsored by Encore Wire Corporation, the Class of 2014 celebrated their accomplishments and reflected on their 10-month educational experience. Joining them to keynote the evening was Pastor Conway Edwards of One Community Church, a class speaker who impacted their journey with a dialogue on ethics and community leadership.

Pastor Edwards stressed that we must create the environment of a smart city and ask ourselves, “Can I be part of the solution? Graduates – it is your responsibility to create those mind shifts in how you think to create a future for this community.”

Public officials joined the graduates for their special evening, including Mayor Brian Loughmiller, a Leadership McKinney alum from the class of 1999. The Mayor expressed his ongoing support for the program and shared the impact that servant leadership has had on him.

Deb Fitzgerald, Director of Leadership and Membership Development for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, recognized three community leaders for their role in this year’s success.

“It was a distinct honor this year to work with three seasoned leadership facilitators – Barry Bourassa, Buzz Kolbe and Randy Williams. In a real collaborative effort, we guided the class members through the past 10 months, ‘re-launching’ them back into the community with a renewed sense of community responsibility.”

Sandy Dickey, Executive Director of the Children and Community Health Center, couldn’t be happier with the results of the class project.

“Clean tile floors instead of old carpet make such a difference and our volunteer nursing staff loves the new counters in their lab. The break room brightens everyone’s spirit. It’s such a welcoming space. Volunteers and patients alike are very grateful to the Leadership Class of 2014 for the improvements to the clinic. Thank you.”

Class member Melanie Scobey, Cross Resource Group, was selected by her classmates to speak on behalf of the Class of 2014. Melanie spoke of the strong sense of urgency to give back that they all feel – “Stand strong, stand bold. It is our time.”

The evening closed with the distribution of graduation certificates and special congratulatory certificates from Senator Ken Paxton.

The Class of 2014 now join the elite Leadership McKinney alumni network, now 508 strong, as they move forward to do great things for their community and region. As cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Click on the next page to see the members of the Class of 2014.


Congratulations to the Class of 2014:

Chuck Branch, Valiant Services

Mary Cooper, Benefit Bidding

Armando Fletes, LegacyTexas Bank

Brian Hazelwood, Allegiance Title Company

Edie Heinicke, Junior League of Collin County

Shane Hernandez, Edge Physical Therapy

Justin Jordan, Carey Cox Company

Linda Knapik, Legacy Planning Group

Kurt Kuehn, Independent Bank

Kelly Maier, Baylor Healthcare System

Joe Minissale, Methodist McKinney Hospital

Karen Nash, City of McKinney

Meg Pulley, Representative Scott Sanford

Melanie Scobey, Cross Resource Group

Tara Scottino, Carter Financial Management

Troy Skidmore, Encore Wire Corporation

Mallory Smith, Independent Bank

Peggy Smolen, McKinney Chamber of Commerce

Tamara Stasny, Perfectly Green Corporation

Joe Strub, Pogue Construction

Stella Uribe, McKinney Independent School District

Phil Wheat, Phil D. Wheat, CFP

Doug Willis, Collin College

Will Windham, Medical Center of McKinney

Mary Woodson, Community Volunteer

Each year individuals representing the diversity of McKinney are selected to participate in the Leadership McKinney program. Graduates then go on to work as powerful change agents for McKinney and the region. To apply today visit McKinneyChamber.com. Completed applications must be submitted to the Leadership Program Director at the Chamber office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 13. Candidates will be notified of their selection status in July and the program begins with an orientation on Thursday, Aug. 7.

For more information about the Leadership McKinney program, contact Deb Fitzgerald at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce at 972-542-0163 or dfitzgerald@mckinneychamber.com.


About the McKinney Chamber of Commerce

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the McKinney business community and proudly serves as the unified business voice of McKinney. The Chamber represents over 39,000 employees from more than 1,230 business investors in McKinney and throughout the North Texas region. With a rich heritage of leadership and collaboration, the Chamber works in concert with the City of McKinney, community partners and the corporate community to promote, advocate for and expand business. As publisher of McKinney Magazine, McKinneyOnline.com and McKinneyChamber.com, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business and to keep a growing community connected. The Chamber is celebrating its Centennial in 2014 recognizing 100 years of service to the McKinney Business Community and City of McKinney.