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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County has selected Tom Wilkinson of Seacoast National Bank as the recipient of the second annual Peter Hegener Leadership Award, named in honor of the late Paul J. "Pete" Hegener, the former president of Core Communities and the visionary behind the development of Tradition, the 8,000 acre Master Planned Community south of Saint Lucie West.
"Tom is truly an example of leadership in action. He is the embodiment of the Pete Hegener Award, believing that the legacy he leaves will be earned by the community's acknowledgment of his service," said Pete Tesch, president, Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.
The Pete Hegener Leadership award is presented to an individual who possesses all of the traits of superior leadership and has a demonstrated record of accomplishments that promote and enhance community and economic development. The selected individual must exhibit commitment to a vision and must also possess extraordinary ability to recognize and work with the talents of other individuals, being able to put their interests ahead of his or her personal goals.
Mr. Wilkinson has been with Seacoast for 24 years, starting as a commercial lender. He quickly became the commercial and residential manager statewide and has been recognized as the most productive lender in Seacoast's history, personally generating in excess of $87 Million in one year. He was promoted to president/CEO for the Treasure Coast region, managing 80 percent of the bank's assets, and is presently managing all residential lending for the Seacoast Bank's statewide system along with commercial lending for the Treasure Coast.
His recognitions for community service are too extensive to list but highlights include: Chairing chapters of the United Way, Kiwanis, American Cancer Society, Molly's House, Boys and Girls Clubs as well as being a leader in EDC for three years culminating in his election to chairman EDC for the 2014-16 term by the board of directors in December.
"We are honored to have Tom as a member of our community and are pleased to recognize him for his exemplary leadership and character," said Mr. Tesch.
The award was presented during the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County's Leadership Dinner held Thursday evening, Jan. 16 at the Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce. Nearly 300 of St. Lucie County's business leaders, their spouses, and guests attended the gala event. Plans are already underway for the Third Annual Leadership Dinner and announcement of the Peter Hegener Leadership Award.
The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to encourage a competitive environment that nurtures clusters of industries employing state-of-the-art technologies, a skilled workforce, and that stimulates economic growth through expansion of the private sector within St. Lucie County and Florida's Research Coast.
For more information got to www.YourEDC.com or call (772) 336-6250.