The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the members of Leadership Frisco Class XXIV. The 25 members were selected from a large and competitive pool of applicants. The program year kicked off on Friday, September 11, 2020, at Crest Infiniti, with a “Leadership Dynamics” session followed by a dinner featuring a fireside chat with Mayor Jeff Cheney and Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, September 12, 2020, the class met at a ropes course for team-building exercises facilitated by “Leadership on the Move.” Leadership Frisco is a nine-month community leadership program sponsored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. The purpose is to develop a pool of qualified, highly motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their sense of civic responsibility, and becoming more involved in the community as a whole. A full day each month is dedicated to exploring the inner workings of Frisco’s government, educational system, economic development, service organizations, regional issues, leisure and culture, health services, and public safety. Class members have the opportunity to learn about and practice skills critical to working with volunteers and groups in the community. “Class XXIV is off to a great start!” said Shanna Keaveny, Leadership Frisco Advisory Council Chair. “These first two days are arranged to allow the class members to build comradery and learn each other’s leadership styles. This sets the class up for success as they begin to plan and implement a class project.” Each year, class members work together on a project that benefits Frisco. Detailed information on each of the Leadership Frisco Class projects can be found at LeadershipFrisco.com. Leadership Frisco class members will have a graduation ceremony at the completion of the program. Former Leadership Frisco graduates currently sit on various Boards of Directors throughout the city, have become elected officials, and work to serve Frisco in continuing to build an outstanding community.
Class XXIV members for the 2020-2021 program year include:
Tim Bicknell, Goosehead Insurance Mark Blum, Elevated Roofing LLC Romby Bryant, First United Bank Tracee Elrod, CoServ Shelby Fawver, Frisco Chamber of Commerce Omair Fayyaz, Turner Construction Company Chad Friece, Texas Health Hospital Frisco Amer Gaffar, Tanium Morgan Gill, Haiman Hogue, PLLC Jason Isham, Children's Health Brandon Johnson, M&T Insurance Agency, Inc Zakiyah Johnson, Texas Instruments Melissa Kessler, Careington Lauren Laake, PGA of America Amanda Lagan, Simmons Bank Cherika Latham Jason Madden, The Boardroom DeAdrian "Dee" Maddox, Junior League of Collin County Sara Mahmood, brush365 Jim Mustain, Preston Trail Community Church Melanie Nance, Cheney Group Dr. Shalin Patel, DECA Dental Group/Ideal Dental Kate Tonda, Walmart eCommerce Ken Van Swearingen, True Narra Counseling, PLLC Terri West, Frisco ISD & Frisco Education Foundation. Pictured: Leadership Frisco Class XXIV members
Karen Kim currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Karen has over 20 years of marketing, management, communication, and graphic design experience in a variety of industries. Karen is an avid reader and loves to write! Her favorite day of the week? Every day! Karen is graduate of Leadership Frisco Class XXII and is also currently working on achieving her IOM designation through the US Chamber of Commerce at Midwest Institute.