A note from editor Tom English:
First, I’d like to congratulate each and every one of our members of this year’s class of Leaders Among Us.
Each of you brings something to our community to make it better. For that, we are proud. For that, we are grateful.
Being a leader isn’t easy. It takes hard work. It takes dedication.
The great thing about being a leader is that it can be anybody in any walk of life. It just takes being a special person in a special place.
Each one of this year’s honorees does all of the above. These 12 men and women are some of the best and brightest in Southern Illinois, and they were all nominated passionately by their peers. That means they’re all doing something right and good for Southern Illinois and beyond.
I say this every year, but every year it still rings true — these are the people we look up to and they’re the people we can count on when we need them.
Simply put: These are the people that make Southern Illinois the great, unique place that it is.
So, let’s raise a glass to all of the members of the 2019 Class of Leaders Among Us. Each of you have a true part in making our region what it is.
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