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EDWARDSVILLE, ILL., Jan. 22, 2014… The Leadership Council, the premier organization fostering economic growth in Madison and St. Clair counties, has chosen new leadership for 2014. Members unanimously approved five new officers to serve one-year terms, including Dennis Wilmsmeyer as the president of the organization. Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port, most recently served as the Leadership Council’s vice president. Ronda Sauget, immediate past president, has moved into the role of Chairman. The officers chosen include:

Chairman – Ronda Sauget, President, Validus Strategies

President – Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director, America’s Central Port

Vice President – Michael Riley, President, Professional Therapy Services, Inc.

Secretary Dale Stewart, Executive Secretary, Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council

Treasurer – Julie Furste-Bowe, Chancellor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Wilmsmeyer notes that in looking ahead to 2014, the Council’s priorities will focus on the continued strength of Scott Air Force Base amid discussions of another base closure round, completing the race to upgrade the Corps’ levee system before new, higher flood insurance rates become effective and investing in our region’s transportation system to attract more jobs.

“The Leadership Council Board Members and staff are quietly, but very effectively, uniting our region for growth,” said Wilmsmeyer.  “It has been their hard work, dedication and influence that are bringing about positive changes to Madison and St. Clair counties and the St. Louis region as a whole.”