Why You Should Support Leadership Excellence Award

Leon Fooksman
Leadership Palm Beach County
January 26, 2015

On April 25, the Leadership Excellence Award (LEA) ceremony will honor exceptional Leadership Program graduates who have made notable contributions to improving Palm Beach County.

We asked the event’s honorable co-chairs, Rudy Schupp and Art Menor, to explain how someone becomes a “notable” leader and why we should all support the event, which is a fundraiser for Leadership Palm Beach County.

Why is it important to honor leaders in our community? 

Rudy: Most of the leaders have been mainstays of our community for a long time. They are the people who always show up when there's work to be done, who take responsibility and always follow through.  They never worry about whether they'll get credit, and they keep at it, year after year, to make things better for everyone.

Art: It is important to honor leaders in our community so that we foster the behaviors that result in a strong, desirable community.  A community achieves greatness through the efforts of effective leaders.

What do you hope the Leadership Excellence Award event will inspire? 

Rudy: I hope that the Leadership Excellence Award will inspire more people to grow their leadership talents.  I feel that publically affirming achievements further encourages work on the part of the recipients, and motivates others to follow their lead in service.

Art: I hope that this award will inspire everyone in this room of leaders to strive for it by emulating the award winners.

Why should organizations support/attend the event?

Rudy: Extraordinary achievements can be obtained when organizations get involved. A great community takes involvement and effort.  In alignment, Leadership Palm Beach County and the businesses being run here can be powerful drivers of enhanced quality of life and economic growth.

Art: My firm thinks it is very important to support organizations and programs that make a meaningful, positive impact in the community in which we live, work, and play.  We think Leadership Palm Beach County does just that.  I am proud that many of the lawyers from my office have graduated from LPBC.

Learn more about the 2015 LEA event here.


Rudy Schupp is president of Florida Division?at 1st United Bank. He is a member of Leadership Program Class of 1987.


Art Menor is a partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP. He is a member of Leadership Program Class of 1995. 

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