Congratulations to the 2020 Fort Bend Leadership Forum class


Congratulations to the class of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Forum in 2020.

Participants are selected each year from a wide range of the region’s population. The strict program runs from August to May. It ended with a graduation ceremony in Galveston earlier this week on May 14th. The 44 graduates spent 10 months studying community engagement and the qualities that make an effective leader.

The leadership forum begins with a day and a half retreat in San Antonio, followed by monthly one-day sessions on criminal justice, diversity, economic development and infrastructure, health and social services, and district government. It includes a two-day trip to Austin for a state government session and a three-day national government session in Washington DC that will be held in 2022 for the class.

Presentation of the Fort Bend Leadership Forum Class of 2020:

Tara Ae, Johnson Development Corp.

Ahmad Alaswad, Fort Bend County – Commissioner Ken DeMerchant

King Banerjee, Big Frog Custom T-shirts & more from Sugar Land

Cody Burgin, Millis Development & Construction, LLC

Nancy Burnett, Cornerstone Christian Academy

William Cai, Briggs & Veselka Co. LLP

Shanelle Channell, Riverstone Ward

Stephanie Crochet, Johnson Development Corp.

Cindy Dees, City of Sugar Land

Diana Dobbs, Fort Bend County – Commissioner Andy Meyers

Mary Favre, citizen

Esther Garza, Town of Stafford

Steven Gates, Teal Run General Maintenance Association

Troy Goodell, Sienna Plantation Residential Association

Jeff Graebert, Action Landscaping Inc.

Darrell Groves, DWG CPA PLLC

Brandon Irby, Fluor Corporation

Kendra LaCour Ramey, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

Maureen Lall, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Kiyoko Latson, Kelsey Seybold Clinic

Shirin Malik, Benzer Capital

Penny Meek, Henderson Wessendorff Foundation

Mihir Patel, Loyalty Bank – Sugar Land

David Pella, First Colony Community Association

Ian Pietz, BGE Inc.

Russell Piper, Environmental Development Partner, LLC

Allena Portis, City of Missouri

Zulfiqar Prasla, Prasla Law Office PLLC

Preston Price, Smart Financial Credit Union

Collin Ratcliff, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

JR Richardson, Consolidated Communications

Laura Rosilez, Riverstone Homeowner & Commercial Real Estate Owner Assoc.

Kelsey Samuel, eXp Realty

Ellen Saunders, Audi Sugar Land – A Sewell Company

Diana Sayavedra, Fort Bend ISD

Fran Steele, First Colony Association

Monica Sturgill, Iberia Bank

Connitha Tyrer, Houston Focus Academy Inc

Faisal Vellani, Vellani Law – Title & Legal Advice

Lisa Watson, dream dinner

Kristin Wernecke, Stewart title

Suzanne Whatley, Trademark Matters, LLC

Jared Williams, AccessHealth

Carl Willis, Frostbank – Stafford

The program was launched in 1987 under the direction of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce with the aim of educating participants about “how things work in our community and county”. The Fort Bend Leadership Forum is currently accepting applications for its class of 2022.

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