Beginning 2004, the Union County Leadership Institute has offered countless professionals an experience of hands on education and networking.
The program has five main objectives:
• Exposure to key issues affecting residents and businesses in Union County
• Exposure to influential leaders in business and government in Union County
• Networking and building relationships with 25 professionals throughout the 10 month class
• Hands on education and experiences through planning a class session and completing a quality of life research project
• Increase knowledge of leadership traits and identifying personal leadership styles
Leadership Students should have high standards of personal quality and integrity, respect, responsibility, reliability and a sincere interest in community issues.
Throughout the 10 month Program, Leadership Students are empowered to be an integral part of the class day planning process and, therefore, enabled to be visionary and active leaders in the community as they explore critical issues with knowledgeable speakers, effective facilitators and a variety of experimental activities. Leadership Students are also required to complete a community-directed research project aimed at affecting the quality of life in Union County.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu
Selection and Course Schedule:
The Union County Leadership Institute solicits applications from all Chamber members and their associates. Nominations are received and Leadership Students are selected on their own merits through the application process conducted by the Leadership Institute Selection Committee. The class meets on the first Thursday of each month, beginning in October, to discuss critical issues and topics as well as leadership skill building through the program’s completion in May. Leadership Students are empowered to be an integral part of the class day planning process and, therefore, enabled to be visionary and active leaders in the community as they explore critical issues with knowledgeable speakers, effective facilitators and a variety of experimental activities. Leadership Students are also required to complete a community-directed research project aimed at affecting the quality of life in Union County. The yearly schedule is as follows:
August – Orientation Meeting
September – Team Building and Class Projects
October – Leadership & Class Research
November – Economic Development
December – Education
January – Health
February – Safety & Justice
March – Governmental Infrastructure
April – Fire Fighter 101
May – Presentation of Projects/Survivor’s Challenge & Banquet (At the Banquet, graduates will be inducted into the Leadership Institute Alumni Network
The Leadership Institute Selection Committee looks for several qualities in potential students. In order to be selected, applicants must: Possess high standards of personal quality and integrity – Demonstrate a sincere interest in community issues and a willingness to serve the community – Show a record of achievement or interest in community activities which indicate his/her leadership ability – Live or work in Union County and intend to remain so in the foreseeable future.
A diligent effort will be made to select class members who represent a cross section of Chamber businesses; it is this business, geographic and demographic diversity among class members that generates much of the meaningful personal interaction and personal learning in the leadership program.
To Inform – Class sessions will have specific goals and objectives for the information given and should provide broad exposure to issues, organizations, key players, local concerns, and local agendas relating to the day’s topic. Timeframe – Although flexible to some extent, the technical information portion of the day should be focused.
To Involve – Wherever possible, opportunities for interaction and involvement should be incorporated into each day with experimental activities. This allows the class participants to learn more effectively, respond to what is presented, apply the capacity to the learning experience, and begin to develop their own perspectives on the topic.
To Challenge – The message of leadership opportunities should be incorporated into each day so that class members can understand where and how they might seek out leadership roles in the areas of greatest interest to them.
To Convey the Expectation of Action – The class should clearly understand, as the year progresses, which the Leadership Institute’s expectation of them is that they will individually seek out opportunities to become actively involved – that they will do something with the information being provided to them. Each session shall incorporate some reinforcement of this message. To open the minds of each participant to the perspectives that surround each issue and, through experimental learning activities relating to the topic and the capacity for the day and through thoughtful consideration of these perspectives, enable participants to become more active leaders in the community.
Robert L. Whitman Biography
Robert L. Whitman was born, reared and educated in LaRue, Ohio. Bob is the past Director of Chamber Programs and Membership of the Union County Chamber of Commerce in Marysville, Ohio.
A retired school superintendent of 24 years, Dr. Whitman received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.
Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in research and writing. Books he has written include Planning, Promoting and Passing School Tax Issues, A Resource Manual for School Levy Campaign Leaders and Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The NFL’s Most Colorful Franchise.
Realizing that there was an expressed need to document Jim Thorpe’s life through pictures, Dr. Whitman has spent the past year in selecting and researching the stories behind over 200 pictures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to live in Union County to participate?
A: One of the goals of the Leadership Institute is to raise leaders who will invest back into our community; therefore, all Leadership Students must live OR work in Union County and intend to remain so in the foreseeable future.
Q: Who should participate in the Leadership Institute?
A: Our desire is to build capacities of 21st century leaders. Leadership Students will greatly expand their knowledge and understanding of Union County and will learn how to utilize their leadership skills by getting involved in the community. Students will participate, and organize, classes where you will learn more about your own leadership skills, as well as meet influential community leaders, learn about the government and school systems and greatly expand your personal and professional network.
Q: What if I have scheduling conflicts during some of the sessions? Should I still apply?
A: Absolutely! While attendance and participation is critically important, we also understand Leadership Students have commitments that may take priority throughout the 10 month program. Scheduling conflicts should be addressed with the Leadership Institute Selection Committee during the application process.
Q: What does the program cost?
A: The total cost of the Leadership Institute is $700. Checks are to be made payable to the Union County Chamber of Commerce, attn.: Leadership Institute and should be mailed to 227 E. 5th St., Marysville OH 43040. Full payment must be received by orientation in August.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren Bennis
Leadership Institute Alumni
- “Excellent team building experience, builds social interaction (friends) with other like-minded individuals, it helps build a networking platform and provides introduction to community leaders. You will be asked to take on leadership roles in the community and most importantly, it builds confidence, confidence, and confidence!” – Andy Smarra, Allstate Insurance
- “I would definitely recommend participation in Union County’s Leadership Institute! The highlight of the Institute is the networking and meeting other leaders in Union County. I’ve made contacts that I regularly call upon and having that support is invaluable.” – Alex Jones, Director of Nursing, Union County Health Department
- “I would highly recommend individuals participate in the Union County Leadership Institute if they are truly interested in engaging in the county. Participants learn about the inner workings of government as well as discover what Union County is all about.” – Christy Clark, Executive Director, Destination Hilliard
- “My experience with the Leadership Institute was a positive one and I would recommend attending. You get to learn more about our community and get acquainted with others in leadership roles from other businesses/organizations in Union County.” – Mary Sampsel, Union Assistant Engineer
- “I would encourage anyone to participate in the Leadership Institute Class, it is a great experience. It’s an opportunity to network with others in the community, a chance to hear various presenters talk about their business they work for, what they do and how their business benefits our community both locally and beyond. As with anything, there is going to be both positives and negatives, we just hope that the positive outweighs the negative.” – Dan Bosch, Union Rural Electric
- “I would definitely recommend the Leadership Institute. I got to know a lot of great people and learned about the inner workings of the city and county on a variety of topics. I would definitely recommend it. I also was the first class to go through the fire training and that was a blast!” – Deb Stubbs, Memorial Hospital
Leadership Institute Resource Center
As a capstone to the Union County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, students are required to complete a research project outside of their class time that has a positive impact on Union County. If you have a specific project or need that the Leadership Institute could help with, please apply below! Click on the link to find more information!
Marysville Entrepreneurial Center Information – Duane Hammer, MEC
Small businesses are the fastest growing segment in American commerce and they create 98 percent of all new jobs. However, over 50 percent of all small businesses fail in the first year, often because entrepreneurs fail to consider start-up costs and fixed expenses of operation. To support entrepreneurship in Union County and foster “grassroots” economic development, the Marysville Entrepreneurial Center (MEC) was created in 2008 in partnership with the Union County Commissioners, Union County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), Ohio Small Business Development Center, and TechColumbus.
The MEC, which is located at 129 North Main Street in Marysville, is Union County’s center for innovation and entrepreneurial development. The MEC is available to anyone needing help with developing their business concept; business plans, marketing techniques and business strategies. The MEC also provides office space and flexible workspace and is the location of a number of educational seminars, programs, Jellies, and other networking events.
For more information on the MEC, visit http://www.themec.org/ or call (937) 594-2129
Business Assistance Information – Jay Stanford, Chamber
The strength of the American economy is directly linked to the overall success of the nation’s small businesses. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, small businesses, which are firms with less than 100 employees, represent more than 99 percent of all employer firms, employ half of all private sector employees, pay 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll, and have generated 60 to 80 percent of all new jobs over the last ten years.
To ensure that local small businesses and entrepreneurs are given opportunity to succeed, the Union County Economic Development Partnership has established the Union County Small Business Development Program. The Small Business Development Program is a multifaceted program consisting of workshops for small businesses and entrepreneurs, networking and educational seminars, business start-up counseling, and office space at the Marysville Entrepreneurial Center. While many of these programs are still evolving, our goal is to provide small businesses (new and existing) and entrepreneurs the resources they need to be successful.
The growth and success of every business is our top priority. That is why we have compiled the Business Resource Directory. The Business Resource Directory highlights a number of programs from various organizations in Union County, the Columbus Metropolitan Area, and the State of Ohio. These organizations provide assistance to businesses including financial, training, information and technical services.
Download the Business Resource Directory or contact our office to obtain a free copy.
If you are interested is starting a business, please contact us for personalized counseling. You may also download the Business Guide Marysville.
There are numerous other resources under the Economic Development tab of our website.
Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. – Vince Lombardi
Leadership Institute Graduates
|Banks, Sue||Ahern, Bob||Applegate, Dr. David|
|Bauman, Adam||Boerger, Patty||Aquillo, Mike|
|Behrens, Kevin||Clark, Christy||Baetz, Nedra|
|Bowers, Trent||Comstock, Jason||Bezusko, Dave|
|Camron, Marilee||Conklin, Gary||Chrispin, Matt|
|Commings, Bob||Cooper, Charita||Clase, Joe|
|Conklin, Nancy||Cox, Faye||Cox, Jim|
|Cooper, Patrick||Ehlers, Jeff||Dostanko, Brian|
|Daberkow, Suzanne||Finney, Rachel||Hill, Tina|
|Duke, Joe||Fisher, Spence||Irwin, Sue|
|Franke, Chris||Gandre, Harry||Kannally, Tim|
|Haverkamp, Jacqueline||Golden, Floyd||Mangine, Ellen|
|Hiss, Robert||Krewson, Glen||Miller, Kim|
|Holt, Ellen||McDonnell, Ryan||Moore, Randy|
|House, Kathy||Orcena, Jason||Nelson, Rocky|
|Jacques, Marian||Page, Mareva Lee||Oetker, Cathy|
|Marsh, Shari||Pond, Ellen||Priday, Andy|
|Sattler, Charles||Sampsel, Mary||Ravencraft, Brian|
|Schulze, Dennis||Severn, Patricia||Sayers, Chris|
|Smith, Evan||Smith, Stephen||Sellers, Leah|
|Stanley, Rebecca||Speicher, David||Smith, Brooke|
|Stauch, Jeff||Wirtz, Carman||Wieringa, Emily|
|Tremmel, Martin||Ziegler, Jeffrey||Wirtz, Jeff|
|Williams, Pat||Zumwalde, Suzanne||Zani, Carl|
|Winkle, Randy||Ziegler, Melanie|
|Ball, Brian||Anderson, Michele||Baldwin, Stephen|
|Ball, Donna||Ballenger, Andy||Bezusko, Carrie|
|Burtch, Sheryl||Benson, Katie||Bosch, Dan|
|DeLong, Greg||Dietsch, Kathy||Bugg, Ryan|
|Eley, Phil||Douglas, Dick||Clark, Brian|
|England, Christopher||Goddard, Rod||Connolly, John|
|Gehres, Brian||Greenway, Tim||Cramer, Deb|
|Given, Carrie||Hanlon-Stolte, Mardy||Crawford, Deborah|
|Golden, Doug||Johnson, Beth||Decot, Lisa|
|Kontos, Kim||Keifer, Eric||Fairchild, Nina|
|Nevil-English, Charlene||Maruniak, Scott||Focht, Lynnette|
|Page, Cortney||McQuade, Brett||Gleeson, David|
|Phillips, Dave||Michalak, Laura||Higinbotham, Amy|
|Rose, Mike||Morgan, Tom||Holschulte, Josh|
|Schaner, Debra||Purcell, Jonee||Kemp, Jackie|
|Shelton, Deb||Reigle, Linda||Koschalk, Kyle|
|Slattman, Robin||Riley, Jay||Kruse, Lyle|
|Wilson, Kim||Rock, Brenda||Maruskin, Scott|
|Smith, Anthony||Mudgett, Heather|
|Stanford, Jason||Nicol, Glen|
|Steele, Carla||Patterson, Lorli|
|Allen, Seth||Beebe, Melinda||Bibart, Rob|
|Amett, Aric||Lassiter, Doug||Brown, Kara|
|Baird, Mike||Lassiter, Betty||Bush, Amy|
|Balch, Rick||Burns, Nathan||Calvert, Amber|
|Belville, Terri||Breckenridge, Sean||Chapman, Tom|
|Brubaker, Jeniffer||Reser, Shelly||Chavarria, Jenny|
|Buerk, Phillip||Ridley, Matt||Collins, Evie|
|Hammer, Duane||Stringfellow, Drew||Damask, Jim|
|Hoyt, Jeremy||Mercer, Michele||Delauter, David|
|Jones, Alexandria||Davis, Emily||Garrett-Schwyn, Ashley|
|Lee, Tiffany||Johnson, Nate||Gilbert, Brad|
|Mason, Corry||Dawson, Tim||Hamilton, Amy|
|McClintock, Robert||Altizer, Lindsay||Hassinger, Marilyn|
|Narducci, Bill||Branstiter, Wade||Maxwell, Angela|
|Obenour, Kathryn||Knotts, Tina||Michelson, Ryan|
|Palivoda, Tory||Dreiseidel, Marcia||Patton, Jamie|
|Smarra, Andrew||See, Andrea||Puckett, Kim|
|Scheiderer, Carol||Burns, Barb||Ritter, Cindy|
|Scroggins, Jamie||Smith, Ryan||Scalf-Leber, Stephanie|
|Tabor, Wendy||Spain, Bo|
|Trianfro, Jr., Victor||Spellman, Susan|
|Watson, Candace||Vollrath, Benjamin|
|Weaver, Andrea||Weakley, Kent|
|Wood, Tiffany||Witt, Inge|
|Andrako, Mike||Alexander, Janell|
|Brooks, Tony||Atkins, Philip|
|Broomstra, Susan||Behrens, Roberta|
|Bruce, Darlene||Berbee, Bob|
|Champman, Joe||Boyer, Ashley|
|Clayton, Tricia||Bugg, Ashley|
|Cogar, Jim||Frisch, Jeffery|
|Colwell, Megan||Hardbarger, Ashley|
|Cook, Aaron||Krutowskis, Anna|
|Deverse, Jessica||Lambert, Jessica|
|Eley, Amanda||LaMendola, Sue|
|Gruber, Abby||Langhals, Jonathan|
|Johnston, Cody||Morris, Amanda|
|Markham, Teresa||Norman, Chris|
|Poling, Nathan||North-Thompson, Tammy|
|Seeber, Sarah||Nowels, Nieca|
|Stidam, Amanda||Partee, Lindsay|
|Tarney, Erin||Sattler, Barbara|
|Will, Anthony||Scott, Leesa|
|Winter, Brian||Utt, Matt|
Past Leadership Institute Research Projects
|10 Lesson Plan for Teaching Leadership to Elementary Students|
|A Canoe Livery Proposal for Big Darby in Union County|
|A Proposal for a Youth Center in Union County|
|Advantages and disadvantages of a dog park|
|An Orientation Program for New Students in the Marysville Exempted Village School District|
|Chamber of Commerce’s Comparative Analysis|
|Children Cell Phone Use|
|Exploration of Workforce Development Activities Among Service Providers|
|Financial preparedness for post-secondary education in Union County|
|Guide for Healthy Eating in Union County|
|Heart of the City Walk|
|How & Where do Residents Receive News and Information in Union County|
|How Marysville Relates to Commuters and Vice Versa|
|It Takes A Village|
|Jerome Township Brochures|
|Leadership Survey Presentation Resident vs. Non Resident|
|Logistics of Opening a Gun Range in Union County|
|Marysville Schools Quick Guide for Parents & Guardians Program|
|Memories of the Past Plain City|
|The Im-Balance of Nature in Union County|
|Need for Pediatric Respite Service in Union County|
|Ohio Historical Marker Program|
|Operation Feed Union County|
|Pamphlet for Richwood Visitors|
|Partnership between Union County Leadership & Union County Business Education|
|Preserve America Designation|
|Proposal for exploring different sites to relocate the Union County Airport|
|Scholarship Essay Contest|
|Summer Activities Guide for Youth in Union County|
|Survey of Employee Training Program|
|Test Pilot Volunteer Program for East Elementary|
|Two Grant Approvals for Historical Markers in Union County|
|Union County Covered Bridge Tour DVD|
|Union County Heritage Brochure|
|Video of the History of Magnetic Springs|
|Volunteer Leadership Opportunities Brochure|
|Volunteer Resources in Union County|
|Wellness Program for Businesses|