Whether you deck the halls or light a Menorah, it is the time of year we all like to gather with family and friends to remember our blessings and rekindle the joy that comes from giving.

Someone once said, “If you want to send a message, wrap it in a person.” For many of us, that is what this season commemorates. But all of us celebrate the incredible message of leadership that has come to us wrapped in the individuals we highlight this month. They not only are examples of character and achievement in their respective professions, they are leaders who have and are moving our region forward and setting the groundwork for a future that is better than today.

We also want to say what an incredible gift all of you are to us. Your creativity, perseverance and service to others inspires and informs us. Every time we can tell one of your unique stories, it underscores the richness and diversity of the region. It is our hope we have been a source of personal and professional encouragement and vision to you in 2017 and look forward to continuing this empowering relationship in 2018. 

“I don’t believe in the old adage — ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ I believe that it’s not what you know or who you know — it’s how well you know each other that counts.

– Ivan Misner

“By integrating skilled healthcare professionals with successful business principals, we were able to improve quality outcomes at a reasonable cost.”

— Steve Johnson 

People often ask if I would fly on a Space Shuttle again. I never hesitate to answer ‘Yes.’ The benefits of going into space far exceed the risks.

— Winston Scott 

“When a person is making a decision to move to a community, one of the things they check is the local crime rate. Therefore, when discussing economic development, crime is one of the issues we have to consider.”

— Sheriff Wayne Ivey