Leadership HEB 2016 graduates honored

19 participants complete HEB Chamber’s intensive 9-month program

Leadership HEB, Class of 2015-2016

Leadership HEB, Class of 2015-2016

Bedford, TX—Nineteen current and future community leaders were honored at the Leadership
HEB Class of 2016 graduation ceremony, held May 12 during the HEB Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Luncheon at the First United Methodist Church of Hurst.

Linda Martin, mayor of Euless, was the keynote speaker, discussing the importance of
leadership. Charolete Davis with Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc., spoke as class representative.

“People frequently say, “Don’t let your circumstances define you,’ ” Martin told the audience.  “But I maintain they will always define who you are, but don’t let them be limitations. Make them stepping stones and learning tools.”

This was the 30th Leadership HEB class. The nine-month program began in 1985 as a way to provide leadership education and encourage involvement in the community. Participants meet monthly, and activities include taking a variety of field trips and meeting with community leaders. Leadership HEB is a program of the HEB Chamber of Commerce and run by a steering committee, chaired by Tom Hingst of Hingst Enterprises.

“Leadership HEB is a rewarding program, but also a challenging one,” Hingst said. “Participants need to be committed to both the program and to our community. This year’s class has more than met that challenge. I’m very proud of them and grateful for the support of the steering committee, they did an outstanding job coordinating the program.”

Participants also are required to develop and implement a community service project. This year’s class mentored high school seniors and created iGrad, a program where people could donate suits, dresses and other professional-quality clothing for low-income high school graduates.

“Leadership HEB helps individuals learn more about our community while they further develop their leadership skills,” said Mary Frazior, Chamber president & CEO. “The program is a key part of the Chamber’s commitment to advancing business and strengthening community.”

A complete list of 2016 graduates is provided below. Applications for the 2017 class of Leadership HEB are now being accepted. To learn more about Leadership HEB, please call the Chamber at 817-283-1521 or email maryfrazior@heb.org.

Leadership HEB Class of 2016

Kelli Agan, City of Bedford
Cindy Benke, Shield Awards & Promotions
Mark A. Chandler, HEB ISD
Anita Daniels, Carter Bloodcare
Charolete Davis, Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc.
Gina Day, Day Real Estate
Tyler Gibson, Farmers Insurance Agency
Denise Epp, From Across the Pond
Tanya Ferreiro, Carter BloodCare
Jennifer Jayroe, GRACE
Kent Johnson, Affiliated Bank Mortgage
Angela Jones, Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library
Lisa J. Karr, HEB ISD
Nateasie Kendrick, Texas Health HEB
Kathy Lanier, CASA of Tarrant County
Jerry Lewandowski, City of Hurst
David Mowers, GRACEful Buys
Maria Redburn, Bedford Public Library
Amy Sisler, City of Hurst

Help Teen Grads Dress for Success! – Leadership HEB 2016 Class Project

HEB ISD Graduates


iGRAD is a program designed to provide high-needs teenagers with the resources and support they will need to successfully transition from high school to the workplace, college or the military. The program was created by the Leadership HEB Class of 2016 for their class project.

You can help these young people simply by donating professional clothing. Just bring your items to the HEB Chamber EXPO, Friday, March 4, at the Hurst Conference Center.

 Items needed for women:

Professional suits
Blazers, dress shirts and tops
Pants, skirts and dresses
Coats, gloves, scarves and outerwear
Handbags, socks and shoes
NEW underwear
Scarves, belts, watches and fashion jewelry

Items needed for men:

Professional suits
Business casual clothing – slacks, shirts and sport coats
Coats, gloves, scarves and outerwear
Shoes and work boots
Belts and ties
Khakis and jeans
NEW socks and T-shirts

Monetary donations and gift cards also will be accepted. Please make checks payable to 6Stones and write “iGrad” in the memo line.

Additional drop-off locations:

Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 76021

Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive, Euless, 76039

Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive, Hurst, 76053

 For more information, please call 817-283-1521.

The Leadership HEB Class of 2016 thanks you for your support!

Leadership HEB 2015-2016 Calendar

Key Dates for the 2015-2016 Class Year:

Orientation Thursday, September 24 4.00p to 5.00p

Challenge Course

Friday, October 9 ALL DAY
Regular Class Thursday, October 29 1.00p to 5.00p
Regular Class Thursday, November 5 1.00p to 5.00p
Regular Class Thursday, December 3 1.00p to 5.00p
Regular Class Thursday, January 7 1.00p to 5.00p
Regular Class Thursday, January 28 1.00p to 5.00p
Regular Class Thursday, February 18 1.00p to 5.00p
Regular Class Thursday, March 3 1.00p to 5.00p
Austin Trip Wednesday, March 9 ALL DAY
Regular Class Tuesday, April 5 12.00p to 5.00p
Bad Weather,

Make-Up Class

Thursday, April 21 1.00p to 5.00p


Bedford, TX—The Leadership HEB Class of 2015 will soon graduate during the HEB Chamber Monthly Luncheon on Thursday, May 14, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Hurst. Garry Hamilton, a former chairman of the HEB Chamber of Commerce, will address the graduates during a speech about “The Importance of Leadership in a Community.” This will be the 29th graduating class of Leadership HEB.

Leadership HEB 2015Leadership HEB began in 1985 with the mission of providing a community leadership education program and promoting involvement in our cities, school district, civic, and charitable organizations. Leadership HEB is a program of the HEB Chamber of Commerce and has graduated many civic and community leaders.

Leadership HEB is a proactive way to learn about the greater HEB area and Tarrant County. Through monthly sessions, participants explore issues affecting the communities now and into future, as well as learn how leadership skills affect the overall success of a community. Upon successful program completion, participants are publicly recognized with a graduation ceremony.

“This year’s Leadership HEB participants have gained unparalleled experiences, networking, and knowledge. Graduates from this program will undoubtedly benefit both professionally and personally. I encourage anyone who is interested in increasing their leadership skills and knowledge of our community to consider participating in future Leadership HEB classes,” stated HEB Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mary Frazior, CCE, IOM.

Leadership HEB is pleased to recognize the 2014-2015 class participants:

• Brandon Bell, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Airport Area Branch

• Chanc Bennett, Euless Fire Department

• Blanca Collins, Liberty Mutual Insurance

• Kara Crane, City of Hurst

• Elaine Dillard, Shaw Insurance Agency

• Jennifer Fisher, Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital

• Natalie Foster, City of Bedford

• Linda Goelzer, Carter BloodCare

• Jack Harred, Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus

• Joe Herrington, HEB ISD

• Jeri Harwell, Republic Services

• Thomas Hoover, City of Bedford

• Mark Lucas-Kelly, Lucas Funeral Home

• Kameryn L’Ecuyer

• Ashley Moore, Bell Helicopter

• Bonnie Sorrells, Texas Health HEB

• Mary Stokic, HEB ISD

• Randy West, DDS, James B. Wright, DDS, Inc.

Be a part of Hurst Euless Bedford’s future. Contact the HEB Chamber of Commerce at

817-283-1521 or chamber@heb.org for additional information, including applications.

Congratulations to the 2014 Leadership HEB Graduates!

On May 8, 2014, the HEB Chamber of Commerce will recognize the 2014 graduates of the Leadership HEB program:

Bobby Carr, BB&T Bank Bedford
Charlene Cole, TCC, Northeast Campus
Matthew Condit, Strategic Wealth Management, LLC
Harry Cummings
Amanda Eliot, HEB ISD
Steve Farco, Mason-Dallas, Inc.
Sarah Featherstone, Bedford Public Library
Mike Gandy, Commercial Bank of Texas, NA
Jonathan Henson, SERVPRO of HEB
Darlene Hollingsworth, The Clubhouse for Special Needs, Inc.
Tommie Johnson, HEB ISD
Mike Lofland, Texas Health HEB Fitness Center
Danny Lott, Carter BloodCare
Kathie McEntire, Affiliated Bank
Nicole Montignani, Benenati Law Firm, PC
Brandye Norman, Carter BloodCare
Wes Rhodes, City of Euless
Cynthia Singleton, City of Hurst
Dr. Kara Stephenson, Expressions Chiropractic
Kristi Tomlinson, Preservation Financial
Gale Wagner, Affiliated Bank

If you would like to find out more about the program, check our website by clicking here or contacting Mary Frazior at the chamber at maryfrazior@heb.org.

Applications available NOW for the 2014-2015 Leadership HEB Program

Applications and scholarships are now available for the 2014-2015 class of Leadership HEB.  Take advantage of this unique experience and position yourself to be one of tomorrow’s leaders in our community.

The program starts with an orientation and mandatory, all-day Challenge Course in October, 2014.  Classes are held monthly, covering topics such as transportation, education, economic development and health care.  Criteria for graduation include attendance at classes and one city council or school board meeting, as well as participating in the completion of a group community service project.

“Remember, the first step to becoming a leader is getting involved.” 

Join a proven leader, past chairman of the HEB Chamber Gary Terry, and become a participant in Leadership HEB:

“Being a participant in the HEB Chamber’s Leadership Class is a huge asset to individuals looking to give back to their community and to learn what it takes to keep a community prosperous.  You’ll have a chance to learn the inter-workings of government entities, including the local school district, and many other important areas of the community in which you live and work.  The Leadership Class provides you the opportunity to meet and visit with those individuals who lead the community.  It provides an excellent opportunity to network and build new friendships with individuals who may have the same interests as you.  As you can see, I believe in the HEB Leadership Program and feel you’ll only gain from the experience of participating.”

Class of 2014 graduate Bobby Carr’s (of BB&T Bank Bedford) thoughts on the program:

“The 2014 Leadership Class has been an incredible experience for me personally.  I’ve been able to see a unique perspective of what is going on behind the scenes in our area and I’ve been able to meet some amazing people, who’ve become great friends along the way.  The offsite trips to the JPS Hospital and the Fire Academy in Fort Worth were my favorite, because of what I learned throughout the tours.  Over all, the HEB Leadership experience was definitely a great investment for myself both personally and professionally and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering participating in the future.”

For more information, contact me at 817/283-1521, ext. 104, maryfrazior@heb.org.

As a graduate of Leadership HEB 2000, I urge you to apply and avail yourself of this unique experience that will enrich your life and enable you to be a better business person and volunteer.