Third class of emerging leaders begins fellowship program

Third class of emerging leaders begins fellowship program
Randy Hardin, Andrew Kisz, Obi Umunna, Chris Warren, Alex Jenkins, Gracie Simendinger, Amanda Avery, Chris Conner, Ashley Pratt, Chamber Chair Debbie Buckland, Mike Field, program namesake Mike Hightower, Mike McCann, Kelly Kristoff, Tom Caron, Liam O’Reilly, Lauren Braddock Alcorn, Darryl Willie, Thomas Lee, Tiffany Ash, Tyler Matthews, Kemal Gasper, Sharnese Thompson. (Not pictured: Monica Hernandez, Aschelle Morgan, Peret Pass, Jenn Toy)

The 2019 Class for Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship kicked off its nine-month program Feb. 26 with a reception at Bistro Aix. The 2019 Hightower Fellows were joined by JAX Chamber Chair Debbie Buckland and program namesake Mike Hightower, who was the Chamber’s board chair when the program was created in 2017.

The 3rd annual Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship will connect 18 talented young professionals from a variety of industries with community leaders.

The class includes Tiffany Ash, vice president of leasing and real estate, Ashco Inc.; Amanda Avery, digital project manager, TIAA Bank; Lauren Braddock Alcorn, commercial business development representative, SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra, Mandarin and St. Augustine; Thomas Caron, managing director of development, City Year; Mike Field, senior analyst – Special Underwriting, JPMorgan Chase; Kemal Gasper, vice president of business development, 121 Financial; Randy Hardin, project manager, Miller Electric Company; Monica Hernandez, assistant vice president, Deutsche Bank; Alex Jenkins, director of business development, NestEggs Retirement Plan; Kelly Kristoff, manager, treasury and administration, PGA TOUR; Mike McCann, owner, JaxCo Furniture; Aschelle Morgan, executive director, K9s for Warriors – American Service Dog Access Coalition; Peret Pass, president, Pass Consulting Group; Ashley Pratt, operations manager, Mayo Clinic; Sharnese Thompson, senior manager, government relations and public affairs, Fidelity Investments; Jenn Toy, senior manager of events and entertainment, Jacksonville Jaguars LLC; Obi Umunna, president, Umunna Legal Group; and Darryl Willie, District 4 Board Member, Duval County Public Schools.

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