Dr. Matthew Sowcik serves as an Assistant Professor of Leadership Education in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida. Dr. Sowcik’s presentation, “Leadership and the Power of Recognition & Appreciation: Anniversary Edition,” provided perspectives and survey research collected from our very own alumni! Expect access to the results of his presentation survey very soon.
Mr. Matthew Johnston, a graduate of Class II of the Florida Leadership Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources and current CEO of Vegetables for Syngenta, was our second speaker for the second day of the annual meeting. His presentation, “Leadership from a 30,000 ft. View,” gave alumni global perspectives on production agriculture and challenged those in attendance to lead with the world’s future in mind.
Thank you to Mrs. Lisa Lochridge (Class VII) for facilitating the forum!
We were fortunate to have with us for the forum the following: Republican Candidate Representative Matthew Caldwell of the 79th District, Republican Candidate State Senator Denise Grimsley of the 26th District, and Republican Candidate former Representative Baxter Troutman (Class IX) of District 66.
Auction Chairperson Susie Bishop (Class VIII) organized this year’s live and silent auctions with the help of Alumni Coordinator Ms. Valerie McKee.
Kevin Huesman (Class I) volunteered as our auctioneer for this year.
Sisters Ms. Amanda Taylor (Class VIII) and Ms. Alicia Taylor (Class X) organized this year’s Bobbing for Bourbon & Wine Pull.