The Leadership Academy was also recognized. The Academy goal is to develop participants to improve and acquire leadership expertise throughout the community by attending various sessions. The Academy was developed and the program organized by Bria Ashby with help from presenters Debi Richardson, Tom Upchurch, Mary Ellen Bechtel, David Keen and Brenda Alexander. Participants included Pat Dudley, Jon Baker, Shawn Weccele and Steve Offutt of Continental Tire the Americas; Ashley Sweetin and Cindy Phillips of Crossroads Community Hospital; Joe Bernard and Tom Duff of the United Methodist Children's Home; Duane Gulley of Old National Bank; and Susan Staples of Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80.
Damron retired from her position as Chamber president at the end of the evening, turning responsibilities over to Bob Feltmeier, who will serve the next term as the president of the Chamber of Commerce.