Getting ahead and giving back: Leadership Walton helps improve north and south organizations

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 04:17 PM.

It's tips like these that have sent business leaders from all over Walton County to apply for Leadership Walton since 2000.

"We've done everything from learning the fundamentals of business to putting skills to the test by playing different roles and touring businesses and organization throughout Walton County ," said Lori Leath Smith, director of public relations and marketing for Seaside .

Tim Lamica, corporate services manager at CHELCO, said the classes have made him a better person and manager.

"Not only is it good networking with business leaders and future leaders, but I've learned more about myself and how to apply my personality traits into leadership roles," he said.  

However, in May, when the 2013-2014 Leadership Walton class graduates, they'll leave with more than business skills.

As part of the program, members choose a project that will benefit the local community. This year, members chose to represent both North and South Walton with two separate projects. The team of 15 have been busy patching and painting walls, replacing carpets and even purchased and installing a flat screen television at The Arc of Walton County in DeFuniak Springs. They also spruced up the South Walton Senior Center with new patio furniture and various small projects within the office space.

It was Camile Burlison, director of membership development at the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, who presented the idea of working with The Arc of Walton County to her class. She surveyed the needs of non-profits within the chamber and came across Arc.

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