2021 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award to Honor Health Care Heroes at LEAD Brevard Event Feb. 12

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live virtual celebration with viewing and engagement options available

This year, LEAD Brevard is honoring the Space Coast community’s Health Care Heroes with the 2021 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award. In addition to owning his own commercial real estate sales and management business, Ketcham, pictured above, was involved in local politics and real estate since the 1950s. In 1955 he became Cocoa Beach’s first city manager and later served as a city commissioner and was a member of the Canaveral Port Authority Commission. He was a trustee and past chairman of Brevard Community College in Cocoa, served on the board of Cape Canaveral Hospital, was a past director of the National Association of Realtors and a founding member of the Tiger Bay Club. He passed away in 2008.

LEAD Brevard will coordinate with local healthcare organizations to extend special complimentary invitations to frontline workers to share in the event as virtual participants in this recognition

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – LEAD Brevard’s 2021 Leadership Awards and 17th Anniversary of the 4 Under 40 recognition will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021, as a live virtual celebration with viewing and engagement options both via ticket donations to hosted parties and online.

This year, LEAD Brevard is honoring the Space Coast community’s Health Care Heroes with the 2021 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award.

COVID-19 will be the defining feature of 2020; the way we look at leadership has a new lens. We are connecting in different ways and leading in different ways; collaboration, teamwork, and new ways to address health care challenges have been essential as we navigate this pandemic.

When COVID-19 first hit Brevard, frontline healthcare workers – the clinical staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, EMTs, health care facility custodians and mental health professionals, all ran to the front lines to care for those in need.

And now nine months later, the extraordinary demands placed upon them have not abated.

“COVID-19 has been taxing for us all, but especially the frontline healthcare workers who are dedicated to caring for others,” said Chris Kern, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LEAD Brevard.

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“When the pandemic hit, these individuals didn’t shy away – they stepped up, despite the unknowns circling this public health crisis. Healthcare isn’t just their job – it’s clearly their calling. And now, when people need this compassionate care more than ever, they have been the guiding light to help the community through these stressful, scary times. LEAD Brevard can think of no one more deserving of the 2021 Ketcham Leadership Icon Award than this dedicated army of healthcare heroes.”

Recognizing this wide pool of front-line health care workers highlights and thanks representatives of our diverse community. LEAD Brevard will coordinate with local healthcare organizations to extend special complimentary invitations to frontline workers to share in the event as virtual participants in this recognition.

Previous Ketcham Leadership Icon Award recipients include Dr. Max King, 2009; Roger Dobson, 2010; Bunny Finney, 2011; Barbara Moore, 2012; Bernie Simpkins, 2013; Robin Fisher, 2014; Joseph A. Duda, 2015; Dr. Anthony Catanese, 2016; Dr. George Mikitarian, 2017; David Brock, 2018; Keith Winsten, 2019; and Duane De Freese, Ph.D., in 2020.

“My father would be deeply honored to be associated with those who embody leadership in a crisis not with a title, but through service, sacrifice and courage in the face of the most daunting healthcare challenge in generations,” said Dale Ketcham, immediate past chairman of the board of LEAD Brevard and Ketcham’s son.

“My father would be deeply honored to be associated with those who embody leadership in a crisis not with a title, but through service, sacrifice and courage in the face of the most daunting healthcare challenge in generations,” said Dale Ketcham, immediate past chairman of the board of LEAD Brevard and Ketcham’s son.

“Great communities are built and strengthened by regular people doing their jobs in difficult circumstances. My family is proud to have our father’s name associated with the leadership exhibited by Brevard’s frontline healthcare workers.”

Early bird registration to attend VIP hosted parties and ticket donations will be available soon on the LEAD Brevard website LEADBrevard.org. Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available for this prestigious event, contact LEAD Brevard to reserve your company’s position as a sponsor.

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