LSA Class 43 Kicks off at the Witte

The Witte Museum’s Pressel Auditorium served as a beautiful location to host the members of the 43rd class of Leadership San Antonio along with the LSA Steering Committee and leaders from both the San Antonio Chamber and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber. San Antonio Chamber President & CEO Richard Perez and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber President & CEO Ramiro Cavazos greeted the class, which is the largest in LSA history, consisting of 61 students spanning a wide variety of industries and positions throughout our community.

Shaun Kennedy (LSA Alum, Class 29), 2018 San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Chairman and San Antonio Regional Chairman of Texas Capital Bank, congratulated the new class members and welcomed them all into the LSA family. He discussed how the program has benefited him both personally and professionally, through making personal connections that have forged great lasting friendships, as well as invaluable working relationships. He also noted the unique perspective and insight that LSA affords to everyone who participates, allowing for an expanding level of knowledge and awareness of the inner-workings of our city. Winslow Swart, Leadership Development Co-Chair for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, discussed the importance of continuing their professional development through the program and taking advantage of all of the exciting experiences that are yet to come.

LSA Co-Chairs, Denise Hernandez (True Flavors) and Casandra Matej (Visit San Antonio) welcomed the class and highlighted the impact of LSA and the importance of full participation in the process, which will open many doors for new business partnerships and enduring personal friendships. Both chairs stated that next year’s class will be a “Year of Service” dedicated to helping celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial year and emphasizing ways in which business leaders can expand their involvement and support of initiatives and community areas of interest that are key to the success of our great city. By serving the community and learning more about key industries in San Antonio, leaders who go through the program will have a deeper understanding of what issues are emerging, as well as identifying ways in which they can make a personal and professional impact on the solutions to propel San Antonio forward.

LSA class participants are selected from all segments of the community and must demonstrate leadership and have a history of holding responsible positions in their chose profession. LSA seeks people dedicated to serving their community and applicants must show a sincere commitment and desire to increasing their level of service by assuming key leadership positions.


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