MCLI Swings into Second Quarter

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May 20, 2019
SOUTHERN PINES, NC – The Moore County Leadership Institute (MCLI) successfully completed the iconic ‘ropes course,’ day on April 10th at Big Pine Retreat in Hamlet, NC. President Emily Tucker of The Richmond County Chamber recommended Big Pine Retreat to Director of Operations, Jana Volitis, in April of 2018.  Big Pine Retreat has been a wonderful partner for the MCLI program providing opportunities for participants to experience a variety of team building exercise both on the course and through hands on trainings.  The Ropes day is designed to challenge the MCLI participants both personally and as a team.  Ropes Course Day was sponsored by Champion Investor, St. Joseph of the Pines.  St. Joseph of the Pines utilizes the MCLI program for leadership development and to help acclimate managerial colleagues new to the Moore County area.

"There may be no better way to get to know the County than going through MCLI with your peers," said Ted Natt, community benefit and communications coordinator for St. Joseph of the Pines. "I have leveraged many of the contacts that I made in 2004 over the past 15 years. Many of my MCLI classmates are still friends. For me, the experience was invaluable."

Natt added that St. Joseph of the Pines is always looking for creative ways to help its managers develop new problem-solving skills. "I thought the ropes course was a great experience," he said. "It's empowering to watch disparate individuals come together to accomplish common goals. We have found that MCLI graduates are equipped with the tools to overcome challenges by working collaboratively."

In the month of May, the MCLI program focused their visit in the Village of Pinehurst.  Began their day with Moore County Partners in Progress Executive Director, Pat Corso, who addressed the counties initiatives in economic development. Prior to lunch, the class participated in a team building activity with Harry Powell, Corporate Education of FirstHealth. Harry is known as the ‘helicopter guy’ to those who have completed MCLI and is always favored for his intensity.

Roger Noble, Administrative Director of Cardiac and Medical Services toured the class through the cardiac wing at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. Following, FirstHealth, Jamie Ledford graciously welcomed MCLI to Golf Pride and the day concluded with the history of Pinehurst at the Tufts Archives/Given Memorial Library.  

The Moore County Chamber would like to thank Aging Outreach Services (AOS) for sponsoring Pinehurst day. AOS is a full-service elder care firm serving south central NC. Their practice includes a team of professional aging life care managers, an accredited caregiver registry, and a monthly publication, OutreachNC, filled with resources to successfully navigate your Second 50.  Established in 1999, their business model is client driven and allows for individually and creativity in the way people age.   They provide support for the older adult as well as family members, friends, other professionals, care communities, civic groups and employers.

“The Moore County Leadership Institute has been a long-standing tradition for our company. I first completed the course in 2003 and have continued to maintain relationships with the other professionals I was able to build relationships with during the program.” said Amy Natt, CEO & President, Aging Outreach Services “AOS continues to use this program as a resource to develop leaders in our company. We appreciate this valuable tool for professional growth offered through the Moore Chamber of Commerce.”

MCLI graduates are recognized across the county as leaders in their industries and organizations.  They have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.  To know more about MCLI and the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally please contact Jana Volitis, Director of Operations, Moore County Chamber of Commerce.


The mission of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce is to foster a vibrant business community.  They provide quality, value-added services and programs to members to unite Moore County area businesses in a committed effort to strengthen the economic environment and thus, improve the quality of life for all of Moore County.  With over 700 members the Chamber is instrumental in Connecting Commerce and Community and exists to help strengthen the local economy and promote and preserve a quality of life that is second to none

Linda Parsons, President and CEO
(910) 692-3926