Rick Shepard to receive 2010 Leadership Blount Community Leadership award

Rick Shepard

Rick Shepard

Leadership Blount has named Rick Shepard, City President of United Community Bank, as the 2010 recipient of its Community Leadership Award.

Instituted in 2000, the Community Leadership Award recognizes individuals whose sustained actions and leadership reflect Leadership Blount’s commitment to life-long service.

Shepard will be honored at the annual Community Leadership Award Breakfast on April 16, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Maryville. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.

“It is an honor for Leadership Blount to recognize such a dedicated, active and accomplished volunteer as Rick Shepard,” says Teri Brahams, chairperson of Leadership Blount. “His tireless work to improve the commercial, health and social conditions of Blount County symbolize the spirit of the Community Leadership Award.”

Shepard and his wife, Cindy Laughmiller Shepard, reside in Maryville.

A member of Leadership Blount’s Class of 2002, Shepard currently serves as president of the New Hope Children’s Advocacy Board.

Shepard served on the United Way of Blount County board of directors and executive committee from 1999 to 2007. His involvement included service as board chairman in 2006. His leadership as board chairman in 2007 benefited United Way volunteers to reach the $2 million milestone - the highest in the organization’s history up to that time. He also served as chairman of the United Way’s capital campaign in 2003, raising $400,000, enabling the organization to construct its current building at 1615 E Broadway Ave. in Maryville.

Since 2001, Shepard has been active with the Blount County Education Foundation and has served as the Foundation’s treasurer since 2003. His work with the Foundation board resulted in fundraising of more than $1 million for the “It’s About the Kids” program in 2004-2005. Shepard continues to serve Blount County school system students by helping to raise money in support of under-funded curriculum programs.

Shepard’s other volunteer service includes: Secret Safe Place for Newborns, Maryville College Community Campaign, co-chairman of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic gala, and New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. He also served as chairman of East Tennessee American Cancer Society Leadership Council in 2008 - 09. He and his wife, Cindy, served as 2008 Blount County Relay For Life co-chairs raising a record breaking $389,000, making the event one of the top six Relays in the Mid-South Division and second most successful in Tennessee.

To RSVP for the Community Leadership Award Breakfast, contact the Leadership Blount office at 984-9368, or email office@leadershipblount.com before Friday, April 9.

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