Sills to kick off 2011 Leadership Class

by | August 31, 2011 9:12 am

   Community banker and motivational speaker Derek Sills will be

the keynote speaker for the 2011 Leadership Emanuel Class on

Tuesday night, September 6th. The kickoff dinner will be held at

the Sudie A. Fulford Learning Center on the campus of East Georgia


   Sills’ inspiring presentation has been made before many

statewide organizations including the Georgia Bankers Association

and the Georgia Association of Chamber Executives.

   “Using his experiences as a high school coach and his

familiarity with the late Coach Erk Russell, famous Georgia

Southern head football coach who won several national

championships, his motivational message will be a great kickoff for

our leadership class,” stated Bill Rogers Jr., Chamber President.

“We are delighted he has agreed to speak.”

   Selected to attend the class are Neil Shah, Lois Clark, John

Thrift, Dennis Jones, Matt Henry, Beau Gunn, Tammy Wilkes, Dustin

Vernon, Byrant Lewis, Jean Marie Cadle, Maria Daniels, Wanda

Ellison, Jen Meadows, Rev. Eugene Davis, Lynn Brinson, Amy Carter,

Greg Waters, Michelle Hutcheson, Trip Fitzner, and Kenny Griffin.

This marks the third leadership class initiative in four years

sponsored by the chamber.

   Derek Sills is a First Vice President and head of Financial

Services for The Heritage Bank located in Hinesville. Sills has

worked for The Heritage Bank since 1999. He has been a Top Producer

for LPL Financial Services every year since 1999 and is currently

part of the 2009 President’s Circle and the 2005 Rising Star award


   He graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in

history and a minor in international studies. Sills is also a

graduate of First University Consumer Banking School and currently

holds a series 7, 66, life and variable life licenses. 

   Along with his banking duties, Sills has coached high school

football as a community coach since 1993.He has served on the

coaching staff at Metter, Tattnall and Swainsboro high


   Sills and his wife, Kim, have 2 children.

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