• Leadership Kingsport honors Stephen and Trida LaHair with Distinguished Leadership Award

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    May 14, 2021
    Kingsport Chamber
    News Release
    Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    Vanessa Bennett
    Executive Director of Operations & Talent Development
    Kingsport Chamber
    (423) 392-8813
    Leadership Kingsport honors Stephen and Trida LaHair with Distinguished Leadership Award
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. Your Kingsport Chamber’s Leadership Kingsport program is proud to honor community leaders and volunteers Stephen and Trida LaHair as the newest recipients of the Distinguished Leadership Award.

    “Stephen and Trida mean so much to this community,” said former mayor Dennis Phillips. “They are devoted and selfless volunteers who simply just want to help others and give of themselves. They are model community volunteers. I am thrilled they are this year’s recipients.”
    “We are so happy for Stephen and Trida,” said Vanessa Bennett, Kingsport Chamber’s Executive Director of Operations and Talent Development. “They have been longtime supporters of Leadership Kingsport and are such dedicated volunteers for so many organizations in Kingsport.”
    Created in 1989, Leadership Kingsport’s Distinguished Leadership Award is presented annually to an alumnus of Leadership Kingsport who has exhibited outstanding leadership and made significant and notable contributions to the Kingsport community.
    Recipients must be a graduate of Leadership Kingsport; serve as a model of servant leadership; have a longevity of service to the community; demonstrate service in several area professional and community activities; and be a person of integrity.
    Nominations are taken and a committee of Leadership Kingsport graduates selects the recipient each year.

    Kingsport Leadership Programs oversee several leadership programs of the Kingsport Chamber.
    The mission of S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) is to develop, in an interactive environment, the leadership skills and community awareness of selected high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The Y.E.L.L.! Mayor’s Youth Council is a selected group of students that have completed S.H.O.U.T.! who continue to serve our community.
    The other is Leadership Kingsport. The mission of Leadership Kingsport is to develop leaders who give life to community dreams.
    The mission of PEAK – Young Professionals is to pursue, prepare and promote the young professionals in our area.
    For more information on Kingsport Leadership Programs, call Vanessa Bennett, executive director of operations & talent development, at (423) 392-8813 or e-mail vbennett@kingsportchamber.org.

    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations:  the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Downtown Kingsport Association; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport, PEAK Young Professionals, S.C.R.E.A.M.! and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, our Twitter account, @kptchamber, on Instagram or our YouTube channel.
    Vanessa Bennett, Executive Director of Operations & Talent Development | Kingsport Chamber
    vbennett@kingsportchamber.org, (423) 392-8813