10—Herald Chronicle, 2018 Leadership Franklin County
n most things in life, the jobs that are behind the scenes get the least
amount of credit and recognition.
That’s mostly because those jobs are less desirable than others, but
in most cases, these are the jobs that make the whole entire show come to
For the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Leadership program,
it is the Steering Committee members who volunteer their time to help
plan and go with participants on all the travel days.
In addition, the companies and organizations that give up their time to
show the class their industrial footing is very commendable.
The Steering Committee helps Chamber of Commerce Executive Di-
rector Judy Taylor select whowill participate in the program, and it reviews
what the tour days will look like, based on the individual schedules.
This year’s Steering Committee consists of Chairman Stan Welch,
Vice-chair Tom Shemwick, Secretary Susan Carver, Program Administra-
tor Judy Taylor, LaDonna Caldwell, Greg Douglas, Angie Fuller, Carolyn
Montoye-Wiseman, Bruce Shaw, Tim Solomon, Saede Stinnett and Dave
Taylor would like to extend a special thanks to Tim Solomon, Win-
chester Utilities distribution superintendent, for helping organize vans for
the various tour days. She added that Solomon’s help has played a major
role in how efficiently the program has operated.
Welch, who is Nissan North America’s human relations manager, said
the toughest part is working out the logistics to ensure all organizations and
speakers are available to accommodate the classes.
He added that the program’s schedule has been known to fluctuate,
and the Leadership program adapts accordingly to fit everything into its
The entities hosting the program individually gave time out of their
business day to talk to the participants and display how their organizations
For Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods Chief Financial Officer Claire
Getty, it’s an honor to be asked to host Leadership Franklin County.
“Having been a participant myself along with all my siblings, we were
honored to be asked,” she said. “It’s a really good program that showcases
all of what’s going on in Franklin County, and for us to be included in the
agriculture day is very humbling because there are so many incredible
Getty said the program is a great place to make friends, and it presents
an overall positive dimension. She said it is also a great opportunity to give
back to the community.
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller has labeled Leadership as “a dyna-
He said he has been through it and has continued to help subsequent
classes that have followed in his footsteps.
“The program opened my eyes to a lot of things I did not know about
this county,” Fuller said. “It’s a great thing to do — to know how to get in-
volved in the area.”
He said he would eventually like the Sheriff’s Department to take an
additional role by having Leadership participants personally witness depu-
ties while they are on patrol. He added that riding along in patrol vehicles
would provide a different perspective about deputies’ daily routines, but
certain logistics would have to be worked through before it would be fea-
sible to it.
Steering Committee members Saede Stinnett, Carolyn Montoye-Wise-
man and Dave Van Buskirk, 12th Judical District Attorney Mike Taylor,
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Taylor, Stan Welch,
Greg Douglas and Tom Shemwick pose for a picture during the Leader-
ship program’s tour of the judicial side of Franklin County.
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