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Martha Sparks
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The City of Logan hosted members of the 2013 Leadership West Virginia class when they met from May 15-17 for the third of eight leadership sessions held throughout the state.


Leadership West Virginia provides broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, offers opportunities for each class to hone their leadership skills. The topic/theme for the Logan session was “Coal & Manufacturing.”


The 2013 class of 49 individuals from across the state had a one of a kind welcome to Logan the afternoon of Wednesday, May 15, with guided ATV rides of the Hatfield and McCoy Trail arranged by the Hatfield McCoy Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Hatfield McCoy Trail Authority. That evening, First Lady Joanne Tomblin spoke to attendees during a special reception at the Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.


The morning of Thursday, May 16, Senator Art Kirkendoll introduced the Leadership West Virginia Class to the area by giving a brief background of the Hatfield & McCoy trail system and touched on Logan’s rich history in the coal industry. Steve Poe, of Alpha Natural Resources, continued the conversation by preparing attendees for a tour of Alpha’s North Surface Mine which the group spent the rest of the morning visiting.


The hospitality continued as class members enjoyed lunch hosted by Alpha Natural Resources at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. Following lunch, a tour of the Coalfield Jamboree was arranged; and then the group spent the afternoon at The Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies to see the facility and hear from training experts. The day came to a close with dinner served and prepared at the Logan County Airport by guest cook Rupie Phillips.


On Friday, May 17, the class engaged in a leadership development presentation focused on the “dos and don’ts” of being interviewed by the media. Bill Bissett, President of the Kentucky Coal Association and former Vice President for Communications of Marshall University, provided the instruction.


Friday afternoon, class picked back up on the coal discussion by engaging with a panel of experts in the coal industry including: Kevin Craig, Vice President of Business Development, Natural Resource Partners, Bill Bissett, President, Kentucky Coal Association, Chris Hamilton, Senior Vice President, West Virginia Coal Association, Mike Snelling, Senior Vice President of Operations, Alpha Natural Resources, and Gary White, President, James River Coal Company.


During the late afternoon session, participants heard from Paul Daugherty, President & CEO of West Virginia Grantmakers Association, on Being a Community Philanthropic Leader; and wrapped up with a presentation on the Ancillary Coal Business presented by Diana Barnette, Owner, Mining Repair Specialists Inc. Special arrangements were also made for individuals throughout the last day of the session to visit local reclamation sites in the area.


Executive Director Pam Farris shared her enthusiasm about the recent session.


“We were so fortunate to be able to host this year’s coal session in Logan County. Our leadership class had so many opportunities unique to the Logan County area from witnessing the day-to-day operations of a working mine, to experiencing area attractions such as the Hatfield & McCoy trail system and Chief Logan State Park,” Farris said. “This event would not have been possible without the generous support and hospitality from donors in the area who worked to make this one of the best sessions of the year.”


Financial support for LWV’s Coal & Manufacturing Session was provided by Session Partner, Natural Resource Partners, and event sponsors, Alpha Natural Resources, BB&T, Hatfield McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau, Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Hatfield-McCoy Trail Authority, Keefer Powersports, Kentucky Coal Association, Logan County Commission, Logan County Development Authority, Mining Repair Specialists, Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, Thornhill Auto Group, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, W.W. McDonald Land Co., and West Virginia Coal Association.


Leadership West Virginia is a statewide education and leadership development program affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Supported by tuition and private and corporate contributions, the program aims to identify emerging leaders throughout West Virginia and enhance their knowledge of not only the challenges facing the state, but also of the diversity and the unique attributes that the Mountain State possesses.


“Leadership West Virginia will continue to grow as the premier leadership program with the commitment and support of the many partners in our communities,” Farris said.


Leadership West Virginia (www.leadershipwv.org) is committed to developing and motivating a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. To date, more than 1,000 individuals have participated and have been graduated as part of the Leadership West Virginia program.


Class members include Ashley Alford, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce; Lucy Allara, BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company; Michelle Barnes-Russell, Frontier Communications; Bobby Blakley, BB&T; Anne Blankenship, Babst Call and P.C.; Matthew Bowles, Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC; Elizabeth Bridgeman, WV Mutual Insurance Company; Joseph Bunn, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC; Gail Carter, Wells Fargo Insurance Services of WV, Inc.; Rachel Coffman, TSG Consulting, LLC; Richard Colebank, Alpha Associates, Inc.; Staci Criswell, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Ryan Culhane, GE Healthcare; Amy Dobkin, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Karen Eddy, Dominion Hope; Leisha Elliott, CVB of Marion County; Christopher Fazio, CONSOL Energy Inc.; Hoy Ferguson, Davis Trust Company; Sheree Gayman, Charleston Marriott-Town Center; Seth Hayes, Jackson Kelly PLLC; Gregory Hefner, FirstEnergy Corp.; Hannah Hern, Constellium Ravenswood; Angela Zambito Hill, West Liberty University; Miri Hunter, Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC; Laura Jordan, WV American Water; Joyce Landers, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV; Dylan Lewis, Bowles Rice LLP; Thorney Lieberman, Thorney Lieberman Photography; Anders Lindberg, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC; Douglas Malcolm, Ernst & Young, LLP; Terry Mathias, Capital Financial Solutions LLC; Wendy McCuskey, Associated Builders & Contractors; Kimberly Moyers, First United Bank & Trust; Erica O’Briant, Logan Co. Chamber of Commerce; Debra Osborne, AEP-Appalachian Power; Courtney Persinger, Jarrett Construction Services Inc.; Richard Rogers, Hatch Mott MacDonald; Bradley Rowe, General Corporation; Roberka Smigielski, Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Candice Stadler, New River Community and Technical College; Christina Sullivan, WV Northern Community College; Jamie Summerlin, PuroClean Property Damage Restoration; Megan Tarbett, Library Commission; Randall Trickett, Wesbanco; Julie Warden, WV Junior College; Tammy Whitacre, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center; Paul White, Commercial Insurance; Timothy Whittaker, City Holding Company, and Thomas Young, ZMM, Inc. Architects & Engineers.





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