Leadership Washington County plans CEO orientation program

July 09, 2006

Leadership Washington County - formerly known as Leadership Hagerstown - hosted a summit of chief executive officers from the greater Washington County area for the purpose of getting their thoughts on developing a CEO orientation program.

The program will be designed to help acclimate new senior level executives to the Washington County area in a short period of time, according to a prepared release.

The CEO orientation program is one of four new programs to be administered by the Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc.

As yet unnamed, the orientation program will be designed to help familiarize CEOs and their spouses with Washington County and it will do so in a short period of time, the release says.


New executives will be introduced to other community leaders while learning about the benefits of living in the Hagerstown area.

The goal of the program is to help facilitate successful transitions and successful community connections.

"A CEO orientation program is a way to fast-track community involvement," Cindy Kalkbrenner, executive director of the Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc., said in the release. "Shortening an individual's learning curve about the economic, educational, civic, political and cultural structure of a community is good for business."

Under the umbrella of the newly created Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc. is the flagship program, Leadership Washington County, formerly known as Leadership Hagerstown. Initiatives under way include a student leadership program; a boardsmanship training program; the CEO orientation program and an improved program for alumni.

Ross Rhoads, former general manager of Mack Trucks and president of the board of directors for Leadership Washington County, is chairman of the committee responsible for the development of the CEO orientation program.

Other participants include: Richard W. Phoebus Sr., executive director, Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation; Jack B. Castle, president and CEO, Hagerstown Trust Co.; James P. Hamill, president and CEO, Washington County Health System Inc.; J. Brien Gaeng, president and CEO, Fidelity Bank; Brien J. Poffenberger, president, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; Timothy R. Troxell, executive director, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission; Art Callaham, executive director, Greater Hagerstown Committee; Robert C. Jeffers, president, Manpower Staffing Services; and Philip Kelly, director of External Affairs, Citicorp Credit Services Inc.

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