This year, the Chamber rolled out a new program for young professionals who work in and around the City of Burleson. The Burleson Young Executives Alliance 2015 (BYEA 15) held its first meeting in March, 2015, and the group continues to meet for monthly half-day sessions through October, an eight month program. BYEA 2015 Class members serve in leadership capacities in their organizations and are committed to personal growth, career advancement and serving the Burleson community.
The purpose of the Burleson Young Executives Alliance is to create an opportunity for each to gain an expanded knowledge of the community, to build relationships with other young professionals, to engage with political, civic and business leaders, and to create opportunities for a more active role of local leadership and volunteerism.
The Chamber offers one Burleson Young Executives Alliance class annually with the class size limited to twelve. Thus far, the reaction of 2015 class members has been favorable:
“The best part of being in BYEA has been the opportunity to learn and network with both the members of this year’s class and with those that have presented to our group over the past few months,” says Jason Reynolds, 2015 class member and sales associate with Visions Realty and Investments. “My experience with BYEA so far has shown me how valuable it is to know what is going on in our community, the importance of those that fill an essential role in each sector and how we can help Burleson continue to grow.”
This year’s programs included a full day trip to Austin while the legislature was in session, coordinated by State Representative Dwayne Burn’s office. The Burleson Young Executives Alliance has also spent an afternoon with the elected officials of the City of Burleson, including Mayor Ken Shetter. The Burleson Economic Development team shared the latest growth news with the class and conducted tours of Chicken E, Toyota of Burleson and Wagner Smith. Texas Health Huguley hosted the group in July for both tours of the hospital and of the new construction, discussing the economic impact of health care in general and specifically in Burleson.
Adam Russell is vice president of First National Bank of Burleson, the Chamber’s 2015 Chairman of the Board and a 2015 class member.
“As Burleson continues its tremendous growth, it is important for our young leaders to develop strong networks with one another and learn about the industries within Burleson so that the values that make Burleson a great community today will continue forward into the future,” said Russell. “I enrolled in BYEA to get to know other leaders in the community who will continue to be my colleagues later on as we further our careers. As part of the first class, I hope that we can be a model for subsequent ones that one day will have a large, diversified network of leaders as the years progress.”
Ellen Larimore, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Chamber is also a member of the class.
“Burleson Young Executives Alliance is a great opportunity for young professionals to develop business relationships with other up-and-coming leaders who are the future of the City of Burleson,” Larimore said. “Participating in BYEA will help broaden my knowledge about the city’s infrastructure and leadership while strengthening my own leadership skills.”
The Burleson Young Executives Alliance will meet three more times this year, with the City of Burleson Service Teams such as our Police and Fire Departments; with the Burleson ISD leadership, teachers and administration; and finally with Johnson County law and elected officials.
Beginning October 1, the Chamber will accept applications for the BYEA Class of 2016. The application can be found on the Burleson Young Executives Alliance website page and applicants will be selected by a panel from the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The fee to participate is $500 but includes all lunches and outings for the year.
In addition to Russell, Larimore and Reynolds, additional 2015 Class members are Elijah Bruette, Texas Health Huguley Hospital; Casey Davis, Burleson Fire Department; Kendall Frazier, Frost Bank; Austin Justice, Justice IT Consulting; Steve Logan, Burleson ISD; Jeff Montgomery, Pinnacle Bank; Ryan Richardson, Star Bank of Texas; and Jared Treesh, Northstar Bank.
For more information, contact Sherri Sechrist at the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce.