Leadership Awards

LEAD Brevard’s signature fundraiser; the Leadership Awards recognizes a group of 12 finalists under the age of 40 selected from a pool of nominees representing a cross-section of young professionals working in Brevard’s businesses, public and nonprofit sectors.   All 12 finalists are featured during the event with the Top ‘4 Under 40’ receiving special recognition. 

At this signature fundraiser, LEAD Brevard also recognizes the recipient of the 
Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award

This event is a critical component of LEAD Brevard’s mission to attract and retain young professionals, helping to ensure that you have a creative and talented workforce in place.  A portion of your ticket purchase benefits the Leadership Brevard Scholarship Fund.


 

Nominations due: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nominate an up-and-coming leader for LEAD Brevard’s 4 Under 40 recognition and fundraiser event at the Space Coast Convention Center on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Nominations for this prestigious award are open to all young leaders under the age of 40. Professional achievements, community involvement and examples of leadership are considered as part of the selection process.

Nominees should possess the characteristics needed to improve the quality of life in our community through leadership and innovation. These characteristics — a combination of personal attributes, commitment to community and successful experience — demonstrate an ability to lead and innovate and they signal the potential to become a more significant leader in the coming years.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated excellence, creativity, integrity and initiative in their business or profession.
  • Provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Clearly serves as a role model for others personally and professionally
  • Showcases a commitment to his/her personal/professional development
  • Is under the age of 40 on January 1, 2018 and lives or works in Brevard County

Click here to see previous recipients

 

Nominations due: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nominations open to the LEAD Brevard community for the 2018 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon award.  Please nominate a leader – create a legacy. 

The Rodney S. Ketcham (RSK) Leadership Icon Award is presented to an individual that demonstrates a history of vision, service, and leadership for the betterment of Brevard.

The annual Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award recognizes a local leader for his/her contributions to the betterment and prosperity of the community.  Established in 2009, the award has previously been bestowed upon Dr. Max King, 2009; Roger Dobson, 2010; Marilyn “Bunny” Finney, 2011; Barbara Moore, 2012; Bernie Simpkins, 2013; former Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher, 2014; Joseph A. Duda, 2015; Dr. Anthony Catanese, former President & CEO of Florida Institute of Technology 2016 and Dr. George Mikitarian, CEO Parrish Healthcare/Parrish Medical Center in 2017.

Rodney S. Ketcham was a philanthropist, a community champion and a business leader. In 1955 Mr. Ketcham began to make a name for himself in support of his adopted town, Cocoa Beach, as its first city manager. His real estate career encompassed his professional life while our community was the beneficiary of his civic engagement.  He was instrumental in many endeavors… and will always be remembered for his leadership in our community.   The RSK Award is presented to an individual that demonstrates a history of vision, service and leadership for the betterment of Brevard, while building a legacy of leaders along the way. This individual has established a reputation of character, trust and leadership for others to emulate. The recipient is a community leader who is serving as a mentor; advancing and encouraging the next generation of leaders.

Click here to see previous recipients

 


2017 marked the 13th anniversary of LEAD Brevard’s ‘4 Under 40′ Recognition.  300 community leaders helped LEAD Brevard celebrate the 2017 Leadership Awards on February 10, 2017 at the Space Coast Convention Center/Holiday Inn Express.

2017 4 Under 40 Recipients (left to right) Kathryn Rudloff, Abram Walton, Gary Neal, and Stephanie McLoughlin.   Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

The 2017 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award went to Dr. George Mikitarian, president/ CEO of Parrish Healthcare.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

2017 LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards held at the Space Coast Convention Center at Holiday Inn Express in Cocoa.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

 

The emcee was Brant Menswar, managing partner of Banding People Together. 2017 LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards held at the Space Coast Convention Center at Holiday Inn Express in Cocoa.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

(left to right) 4 Under 40 recipient, Stephanie McLoughlin, vice president of advertising with FLORIDA TODAY Communications; Dr. Monica Baloga, Florida Institute of Technology; Dr. Lauren Miller, UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay Campus; and Suzanne Sparling, Eastern Florida State College.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications 

(left to right) Kim Agee, Health First; 4 Under 40 recipient, Abram Walton, director of Center for Lifestyle & Innovation Management, associate professor of management with Florida Institute of Technology; and Barry Forbes, BB&T Bank.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

(left to right) 4 Under 40 recipient Gary Neal, engineer/project manager, M.E.C. Contractors-Engineers, with Jeff Kiel, president and publisher of FLORIDA TODAY Communications.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications 

(left to right) 4 Under 40 recipient, Kathryn Rudloff, executive director, Business Voice Political Committee and Josh Field, LEAD Brevard Chairman of the Board.  Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

Past and present 4 Under 40 recipients pose at the close of the 2017 Leadership Awards. Photo credit: FLORIDA TODAY Communications

2017 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient:

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Get to know the 2017 4 Under 40 Top 12 Finalists in this video by Sarah Walker Film:


2016 marked the 12th anniversary of LEAD Brevard’s ‘4 Under 40′ Recognition.  280 community leaders helped LEAD Brevard celebrate the 2016 Leadership Awards on February 12, 2016 at the Florida Institute of Technology, Gleason Auditorium.  Mark Komine, business leader, strategist, and performance advisor shared his insights on driving an H2H culture in business and the community during his keynote presentation.  Congratulations to the 2016 Leadership Award and ‘4 Under 40’ recipients. 

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2016 LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards

Zonka- Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

2016 Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award

Pictured left to right:  Marcus Harley, LEAD Brevard Chairman of the Board; 2016 Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Milo M. Zonka, Brevard County Property Appraiser’s Office (Leadership Brevard 2005); and Rob Rains, United Way, 2015 Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Recipient (Leadership Brevard 1998).  Photo courtesy:  Simple Media Productions

Catanese- Ketcham Award Recipient

2016 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award

Pictured left to right: Marcus Harley, LEAD Brevard Chairman of the Board; Chairman Jerry Allender, Canaveral Port Authority; Kim Rezanka, Dean Mead Law Firm; 2016 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient: Dr. Anthony Catanese, Florida Institute of Technology; Sue and Dale Ketcham, Space Florida.  Photo courtesy:  Simple Media Productions

4 under 40 Recipients 2016

2016 ‘4 Under 40’ Recipients 

Pictured left to right: Aaron Thalwitzer, Widerman Malek, PL; Rebecca Shireman, SpaceCoast Living; Richard Yount, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; and Jarin Eisenberg Melbourne Main Street. Photo courtesy:  Simple Media Productions

Thank you to our 2016 event sponsors:

2016 Sponsors

 

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