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In this December 2017 Issue:
Engage Your Board in Dynamic Governance and Fundraising
with Chuck Loring, Senior BoardSource Governance Associate
Friday, January 26, 2018
Early-bird rate and group discount available through December 15th
2018 LEAD Brevard's Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 Recognition
Friday, February 9, 2018
Register today to attend!
Reserve advertising space in the 2018 Leadership Awards Program Book
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Leadership Brevard Class of 2018 session update
LEAD Brevard wants to feature you!
Share your story: "I am LEAD Brevard"

To register, click on the flyer above or visit:


2018 LEAD Brevard's Leadership Awards
Featuring the 4 Under 40 Top 12 Finalists
and Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient
LEAD Brevard’s signature fundraiser; the Leadership Awards and 4 Under 40 Recognition recognizes a group of 12 finalists under the age of 40 selected from a pool of nominees representing a cross-section of young professionals working in Brevard’s businesses, public and nonprofit sectors.   All 12 finalists are featured during the event with the Top ‘4 Under 40’ receiving special recognition. 

At this signature fundraiser, LEAD Brevard will recognize the recipient of the 
2018 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award, Mr. David Brock,

Community Credit Union of Florida
Friday, February 9, 2018
Space Coast Convention Center & Holiday Inn Express
301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa, FL
Reception & Buffet Dinner 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Awards Program 7:00 - 8:30 PM
This event is a critical component of LEAD Brevard’s mission to attract and retain young professionals, helping to ensure that you have a creative and talented workforce in place.
A portion of your ticket purchase benefits the Leadership Brevard Scholarship Fund.
Special early bird pricing for registering by January 12th
Individual Ticket $75
Table of 8 $600
Individual Ticket (After January 12th) $95
Table of 8 (After January 12th) $750
VIP Table of 8:  This contribution helps support a young professional attend Leadership Brevard 2019 and includes:  preferred seating at the 2018 Leadership Awards, complimentary half-page ad in the event program book, special recognition at the event, and a complimentary table gift.  Purchase a VIP table prior to January 12th and receive an invitation to the VIP Reception in January 2018. $1200
2018 Leadership Awards Sponsors (to date):
Sponsorships still available.  Contact Kristin Bakke at 321-632-8222 or Kristin@LEADBrevard.org


Reserve your advertising space in LEAD Brevard’s
2018 Leadership Awards event program book
Seize the opportunity to showcase your business or organization and offer your
congratulations to the 2018 4 Under 40 Top 12 Finalists and the recipient of the
Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award,
David Brock, Community Credit Union of Florida
Full page: 8″ high x 5″ wide $750
One-half page: 3.8″ high x 5″ wide $375
Both sizes are 4 color; ad design is NOT available
Ad reservations are due by Friday, January 12, 2018
Camera ready pdf ads must be received by Friday, January 19, 2018
Email camera ready pdf ad to Kristen Klein: KristenK@LEADBrevard.org
To reserve your advertising space, click on the HALF PAGE or FULL PAGE image below
or visit the LEAD Brevard online store:  


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Class of 2018 Session Update

Members of the Leadership Brevard Class of 2018 pose with Space Shuttle Atlantis


Leadership Brevard’s class 2018 session on November 16, 2017 was sponsored by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with presentations and activities themed around innovation - a new idea, or more-effective device or process. Innovation can be viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs(Wikipedia)

Phil Bryden, (LB 2012) Optimize Aerospace Corporation/Sierra Nevada and current member of the LEAD Brevard board of directors served as class session chair and welcomed our guests. 

Rodger Rees, (LB 2014) Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Canaveral Port Authority shared with the class portions of the new master plan guiding the growth and development at the port. Several class members noted in their evaluations their interest in learning about the Port and the strategic plans for what is coming in the future; and the history and lessons learned from the Port – vision and leadership regarding the future of Port and the planning process for future growth. As with most Leadership Brevard sessions, if the topic area of the day is not a part of your current sphere of influence, there tends to be a knowledge gap that the program strives to address. 

Rodger Rees (LB 2014), Canaveral Port Authority


Scott Colloredo, Deputy Director, Engineering Directorate, John F. Kennedy Space Center offered insights into NASA as a Multi-User Spaceport: From Vision to Reality and augmented his presentation with some pretty amazing facts – from the historical significance of KSC to the future plans for commercial launches and a return to the moon/journey to mars Thanks to Nancy Potts, (LB 2017) Senior Economic Development Manager, Spaceport Planning, Center Planning & Development Office for securing Mr. Colloredo and this presentation. “What an amazing asset our space program is to our community; I am amazed by its history and future”. “We are very lucky to live here on the Space Coast where so much innovation and science occurs on a daily basis; most people (as did I) take it for granted.”

Three of Brevard’s military installations were represented by Command Master Chief Tracy F. Kuchta, Naval Ordnance Test Unit; BOSN 4 David G. Ladomirak, Commanding Officer USCG Station, Port Canaveral and Chief Master Sergeant Michael D. Worden, Superintendent, 45th Launch Group, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The economic impact our military provides to our Brevard community is astonishing; “I thought the entire session was great; amazing how much the Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force do for the port and surrounding areas”;  “… I definitely did not have an appreciation for how much the military impacts Brevard”. 

KSC VC’s Heroes & Legends exhibit experience was a bonus during lunch as a self-guided tour opportunity as part of the day.

Therrin Protze, Chief Operating Officer, Delaware North, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex delivered a dynamic presentation that highlighted the new exhibits and attractions coming to the Center.  From tiles on the ground that create, store and transmit energy to the new interactive education center…stay tuned and put a trip to the Visitors Center on your ‘to-do’ list.   Here’s what several class members had to say:  “on a personal level the sheer sense of awe and inspiration from experiencing the exhibits was truly humbling and never gets old”; “I love to spread what I learn to family and friends; I loved spending time at the visitor center (KSC VC) I feel that even though I live here in North Brevard a lot of people around us forget about the Visitor Center and all the incredible things that it offers”; “the improvements and updates they have made and continue to make give me confidence that the attraction and education that the attraction brings will continue to challenge the Orlando parks”.

Dale Ketcham, (LB 1986) Chief of Strategic Alliances, Space Florida and a LEAD Brevard board member, brought his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for “space “to the class and offered an education about the work that happens both publicly and behind the scenes to attract commercial space operations to Brevard; he showcased the investments being made by partners like SpaceX, Blue Origin and One Web among others and the current and future value that brings to our community.  “The limitless advancements going on in the future of space.”; “I grew up following NASA’s shuttle program, so my favorite parts of the day were hearing Therrin talk about KSC VC and all the upcoming projects they are working on and Dale and Space Florida’s role in supporting the private space exploration companies.”; “My ‘new thinking’ is that there is much more going on from a commercial and economic development standpoint than most people realize; with the shuttle program closing down, I was concerned that Brevard County would no longer be a serious contender in the industry; what is happening here now at both the port and the spaceport is a testament to those who have ‘kept the faith’ and fought to bring new opportunities/companies to our area”.


LEAD Brevard Board of Directors (left to right): Phil Bryden (LB 2012) Optimize Aerospace Corporation/Sierra Nevada and Dale Ketcham (LB 1986) Space Florida.


A guided tour of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit experience was another highlight of the day; the opportunity to be ‘with’ one of the only 4 shuttles on display (NY, VA and CA are your other options!) is an experience to be remembered…again and again. 

In keeping with Leadership Brevard’s (new) tradition, the group and Leadership Brevard alumni convened at the Playalinda Brewing Company- Brix Project for the “So-Social” sponsored  by Brendan McMillin, Cameron Law Firm, Delores Spearman and Sentry View Systems.  Thank you! 

Hey Alumni!  Save the date now to join the fun for the next So-Social in downtown Melbourne following the December 14th session of Leadership Brevard, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Watch this space (your email) for more details soon.

CLICK HERE to meet the Leadership Brevard Class of 2018
If this kind of day and these kind of people sound like an experience you want to have or one that you want your employees to have, pre-registration is open now for the next class of Leadership Brevard at:http://www.leadbrevard.org/leadership-brevard/enrollment-information/ 


LEAD Brevard wants to feature you!
Friday Feature! "I am LEAD Brevard"
Dear Leadership Brevard Alumni- LEAD Brevard’s mission is working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead.  To showcase the impact ‘YOU’, as a Leadership Brevard graduate, is making in our community, LEAD Brevard is gathering the stories of the connections and successes that you have.
The information you share will be used to tell the community –
“Here’s what we have accomplished.”
To share your story:
or visit: https://leadbrevard.z2systems.com/np/clients/leadbrevard/survey.jsp?surveyId=38&


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