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

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

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