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Congratulations Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024

July 8, 2024

On June 21, the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024 celebrated its graduation, wrapping up a phenomenal year.

The LC24 class signature event was Demin & Diamonds, held at the Twisted Fork. With nearly 400 people in attendance, fun was had by all — plus an exceptional amount of funds were raised.

When it was all said and done, $65,000 were raised through multiple creative initiatives. The LC24 class had selected two beneficiaries: Loveland Center and the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies.

Please help me congratulate the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024: Ryan Barber, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office; Brea Benevenga, Charlotte County Community Services; Peri Bluemer, Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson; Janice Chupka, Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic; Josh Deyarmin, Charlotte County Airport Authority; Jennifer Dubbaneh-Cirella, Calista Kitchen & Bath; Alaina Dumas, Charlotte-Desoto Building Industry Association; Lisa Gallucci, Visual Arts Center; Jill Gendreau, McCrory Law Firm; Dori Holtvoigt, Big Shot Marketing & Design; Betty Kendziora, Union Home Mortgage; Bobbie Leahey, EXP Realty; Amberly Leverich, Homeless Coalition; Francine Lisby, Charlotte County Board of Commissioners; Kristen Manomat, Girls on the Run, SWFL; Kylee McGloin, city of Punta Gorda; Angie Misne, Crews Bank & Trust; Maureen Morgenthien, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitors & Convention Bureau; Tony Pribble, Charlotte County Board of Commissioners; Dan Revallo, Charlotte County Clerk of the Circuit Court; Jessica Rhea, Florida Gulf Coast University; Stephanie Rusch, Charlotte Technical College; Ricky Terrazas, Achieva Credit Union; and Jen Wolfe, United Way of Charlotte County.

Special thanks go to our Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024 Class Chair Wendy Atkinson, Nolan Family Insurance and Class Vice Chair TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders. We greatly appreciated their time, commitment, leadership, and guidance.

Since our inaugural Leadership Charlotte Class of 1989, more than $900,000 have been given back directly back to our community, with each class leaving a legacy impact to the needs of Charlotte County,


Registration is requested for all events. To RSVP, visit, or call 941-627-2222.

Network at Noon Lunch (member event), July 10, 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m. at Zoe’s Sweet Kitchen, 1101 El Jobean Road, Unit A, Port Charlotte.

Coffee & Chat (member event), July 11, 9-10:30 a.m. at 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. “Building Business Credit,” presented by Drew Smith of J. Galt Financial Suite. Learn how to build your business credit score around your EIN, not your SSN, remove personal guarantees from business, how to access unsecured cashflow for expenses, rent, payroll, material overheads.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event), July 17, 8-10 a.m. at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. The program is a candidates forum. You will be able to hear from and visit with each candidate running for office. There will be no Q & A. Each candidate will have 3 minutes to share their platform and qualifications.

Business Card Exchange (member event), July 25, 5-7 p.m. at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. There will be fun and games of course for everyone. Bring a gift to promote your business. Don’t forget your business cards.


Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are an effective way to meet the business owners and fellow chamber members in an informal atmosphere and develop great connections. Plus, you get familiar with their products and services provided. Please take the time to show your support and attend. Registration is requested at or call the chamber office 941-627-2222

SFC Pool Corp., from 5-6 p.m. July 18 at 3616 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte. We’ll cut the ribbon at 5:30 p.m. There will be food, drinks, music and raffles.


New Teachers’ Breakfast (member event), 7:30-8:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce will host our annual New Teachers’ Breakfast. Charlotte County Public Schools will be welcoming 200 new teachers this year. We are asking for members to sponsor a new teacher or teachers. Each sponsor will be able to have breakfast with a new teacher for a heart-warming introduction and convey great information about our community. To sponsor a teacher, visit or call 941-627-2222.


Leadership Charlotte Class of 2025 applications are now available.

This will be the 36th year of our Leadership Charlotte program, with more than $900,000 given directly back to our community leaving a legacy for each class.

For those of you who have heard about our premier program and want to participate, now is your time. Only 25 applicants are accepted. Selection is based on the completeness and comprehensiveness of your application.

To complete your Leadership Charlotte Class of 2025 application and review the program schedule, visit or come to the chamber office. The deadline for all application submissions is Aug. 2. No late applications will be accepted.

Bob White is executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.

10x8inch LC Grad Photo