Chamber Celebrates Community Leaders

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) recognized the 2021 graduating class of Leadership Batesville at the annual meeting on January 28, 2022. 

Leadership Batesville, presented by Citizens Bank, prepares emerging leaders to serve our community. Through shared experiences and frequent interactions, participants engage in a nine-month curriculum inspired by IMPACT Independence County.

“These leaders committed to the program, many with perfect attendance,” said BACC CEO Crystal Johnson. “Participants are highly-motivated individuals interested in learning, pursuing first-hand experience, and interacting with community leaders, businesses, and organizations.”

Leadership Batesville is a diverse program centered around the newly revised IMPACT Independence County strategic plan. The plan identifies four areas of importance for the overall growth and sustainability of Independence County: Economic Prosperity, Educational Excellence, Placemaking, and Healthy Living and Well-being.

“Leadership Batesville is a program designed to educate and prepare individuals for leadership roles in the community,” continued Johnson. “The program includes everything from a team-building retreat with personalized leadership insights to industry tours, diversity training, a trip to the state capitol, and sessions that focused on healthy living and wellbeing, tourism, and education.”

2021 Leadership Batesville graduates include Jesse Cargill (UAMS North Central), Amy Crouch-Howard (Old Independence Regional Museum), Dustin Dayberry (Bank of Cave City), Matt Douglas (Batesville Junior High School), Clint Howard (First Community Bank), Jason Jones (City of Batesville), Brandon Langle (White River Medical Center), Aaron Moody (Independence County Sheriff’s Department), Megan Renihan (Batesville School District), Brenda Rivera (First Community Bank), George Sitkowski (Southside School District), Rickie Westbrook (Centennial Bank), Alicia Williams (Citizens Bank), and Melissa Wood (Citizens Bank), 

BACC is now accepting applications for the next class of Leadership Batesville presented by Citizens Bank. Learn more and apply at