The 2013 Class of the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy wrapped up their 10-week program with a graduation dinner at Pekin Country Club.  Skip Schermerhorn, President of Herget Bank, introduced the speaker for the evening, Dr. Michael Cross, Director of Athletics at Bradley University.  Dr. Cross spoke about his philosophy of leadership, and the challenges of leadership in his position.     Two academy participants, Fred Blanchard and Lora Jacobs, provided their impressions of the 10-week program. Chamber Events Manager Renna Hadsall, assisted by the leadership academy committee, distributed graduation certificates and gifts to each of the participants.  Chamber President Drew Leman, closed the program with a challenge to the participants to stay active and get involved.

Twenty-four participated in the 2013 academy:

Rev. Steve Anderson, First United Methodist Church
Robert Baughman, City of Pekin
Don Baxter, City of Pekin
Fred Blanchard, Commerce Bank
Manda Brown, The HOPE Chest
Jamie S Cates, Tazewell County
Holly  Crotty, TAPS Animal Shelter
Mike Denton, Illinois Corn Processing
Zak Ehrmantraut, Springleaf Financial Services
Ryan Fairchild, Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Pekin
Michael  J. Freilinger, Tazewell County
Phil Gelato, PNC Bank
Malinda Grafelman, Pet Supplies Plus
Jennifer Gray, Pekin Hospital
Debby Hoehn, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLC
Joe Howe, Tazewell County
Lora Jacobs, Pekin Hospital
Rochelle Marsden, Pekin Public Library
Shena Meskimen, Leman Property Management Co.
Justin Nelson, Heartland Bank & Trust Company
Andrew Peltzer, Illinois Corn Processing
Earl Riley, First Pekin Savings Bank
Dawn Shipman, Jim Maloof Realtor
Jason Ward, Herget Bank


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