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May 3, 2005 > Brent Hodson receives Excellence in Leadership award

Brent Hodson receives Excellence in Leadership award

by Natalia Smothers

Brent Hodson, chief of Community Support Services at the Washington Hospital, executive director of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, and executive committee officer of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Leadership Award at the Chamber's Annual Gala on May 13.

The Fremont Chamber introduced this award a year ago to honor achievements of Leadership Fremont graduates. During the 10 years the chamber has had the Leadership Fremont program, 150 representatives of local businesses and non-profit organizations graduated from this prestigious nine-month series of courses. Most program alumni stay actively engaged in the community.

For Brent Hodson, his involvement in the Leadership Fremont Class of 1996-1997 was a career-changing experience. At that time, he had over 22 years as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Washington Hospital. Leadership Fremont helped him make the transition to greater administrative and community involvement in his role at the hospital.

"Leadership Fremont gave me courage and confidence to extend myself and accept a more significant administrative role dealing with organizations and groups outside healthcare system," said Hodson. "I was able to develop new and stronger relationships with local city officials in the Tri-City area. Our class project was to work with a city of Fremont committee on getting 'All American City' designation for Fremont. Our class met many city council members, school superintendents, and other local leaders. We were also introduced to several community organizations and charitable programs. After all our projects and introductions, I felt much better prepared to take on a larger leadership position."

In 1998, Hodson took on the additional responsibility as an executive director of Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. Under his leadership, the Foundation's major fundraising events have continued to attract an increasing number of participants.

Hodson is also active in the Fremont Rotary Club and served as that club's president last year. Club projects included participating in park cleanups, installing a softball batting cage at the American High School and helping finance a well in El Salvador. His leadership role has increased at his church too. In the past, he served as the Bishop of the Centerville Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is currently the president of the Fremont Stake, which includes seven wards and two branches.

For four years since his graduation in 1997, he was the chair of the Steering Committee, which planned and organized the projects for monthly sessions of the program. Hodson remained on the committee even when he was elected the chairman of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce in 2002.

"We are fortunate to have such enthusiastic leaders as Brent Hodson," said Cindy Bonior, president and CEO of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. "With his help, Leadership Fremont has become an inspiration to program graduates. Many of them have effectively assumed proactive leadership roles in their communities. I believe the program has enjoyed such success because it empowers people with unique knowledge, skills, and training."

To learn more about the Leadership Fremont program, please visit the chamber's website at www.fremontbusiness.com and select Community section.

 
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