Class XXVII stepped up to the plate at the onset of the program in late September with verve and determination-qualities that defined their future sessions and activities.

Throughout the year and subsequent sessions, the relationships that developed brought greater strength to their efforts,  particularly with their Class Project, to support the Domestic Abuse Shelter program, in need of capital funding for their Hurricane Irma damaged facilities. The class also got to celebrate the marriage of Matt & Nikki Bussard, both, true builders of community! Plus, Mallory Morton also got engaged, and is also newly betrothed!

Each class becomes the BEST class thanks to the benefit of accrued knowledge and experience from those who have come before them. Each year, LMC strives to improve, enhance, and enrich the complete program. Established and emerging community leaders are invited and encouraged to step forward and join the ranks of the best leaders, to help create the best future for Monroe County, building bridges to unite us.

“The Stormtroopers”- CLASS XXVI 

Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys in early September with unprecedented wrath, and the program was threatened with being put on hold – and even cancelled, as the emergency management recovery efforts took precedence at every level throughout the county. Indeed, the entire State of Florida. 

Yet, Leadership demands action, not passivity, and the Class rallied to unanimously support continuing the class, and not miss a beat in the remarkable rebuilding process, a daunting and incredible testimony to their commitment – to make the Keys, stronger.  STORMTROOPERS, indeed!

CLASS XXV - "eXtra eXtraordinary Visionaries"

LMC celebrated its Silver Anniversary in 2017 with Class XXV. The class certainly lived up to their proclaimed identity as the year unfolded with remarkable elan and energy! They are not only the “Best Class,” now. They are EXTRAORDINARY! Make that “eXtra eXtraordinary Visionaries!”  XXV!

Following the graduation of Class XXV, there are now over 550 community leaders who have participated in LMC and who continue to make Monroe County a better place to live, work, and play.


Past Classes

CLASS XXIV - The Gold Standard

CLASS XXIII Graduation

CLASS XXII - Deuces Wild!

CLASS XXI - "In It To Win It!"

Upon the conclusion of their first Session, in Key West!

CLASS XX, just prior to their Graduation, April 2012

Class XVIII Celebrates Graduation... "Woo Woo!"

How Can Alumni Stay Involved in the LMC Program?

Annual DuesAnnual Dues are $50 and can be paid from the homepage. Alumni receive a complete Alumni Directory with the best connections in Monroe County, and invitations to LMC socials, parties, and celebrations where you can not only keep in touch with old friends and classmates but also meet new class members and current, former, and future Monroe County leaders!

E-Newsletters – This is a great way to stay in touch and learn about upcoming events and alumni gatherings. If you are not currently receiving our monthly newsletters via email, please contact our Program Coordinator, Michael Shields, at

Sponsorships – Sponsor a portion of the next class’ session for the opportunity to share more about you and your business with the next group of leaders. Go to the Sponsors link to learn more.

Recruiting and Socials – As alumni, we should always be on the look-out for new people that you think would bring something unique to LMC.

Volunteer – Join one of our committees (listed below) or become a member of our ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.

  • Development Committee – The Development Committee shall assist the staff in identifying and assessing potential sources of financial contributions, sponsorships and grants for LMC. They shall additionally work with staff in the solicitation of contributions from potential donors.
  • Alumni Committee – The Alumni Committee shall be responsible for the engagement of the past, present and future Alumni after their graduation from Leadership Monroe County. The Committee shall be responsible for communication, education, training and mentoring.
  • Positioning Committee – The Positioning Committee shall be a subcommittee of the Alumni Relations Committee and shall be responsible for the visibility of our Alumni in the community and the establishment of a speaker’s bureau of Leadership Monroe County to the Keys Community.

Please contact Michael Shields, LMC Program Coordinator, for more information.

Alumni Achievement

I would like to take this moment to thank everyone for your support and encouragement while I was attending Leadership Florida. Leadership Florida turned out to be the experience of a lifetime. I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about our great state. One thing I learned was that we are not the only ones that are having workforce issues. How would you like to be a cattleman, trying to hire an experienced cattle person? Requirements for the job: you must have at least three years experience working around cattle, you must have your own cattle dogs, (three to four), along with three cattle horses and of course you must have a pickup truck with a horse trailer. So as you can see, we don’t have it so bad!

Leadership Florida is made up of five sessions that are spread out over 10 months. Each session is held in a different city and the class learns about the issues and problems that they face and how they plan to solve them. Some of the issues facing cities throughout our state are water shortages and the need to improve infrastructure. Freshwater is the major crisis; the fear of coastal cities is salt-water intrusion into freshwater wells. The League of Cities, and leaders from all across the State are working together to come up with solutions to these pressing issues.

I encourage each and every one of you, if you have an opportunity to attend Leadership Florida, to do so. Every session left me with the desire for more information about our great State. Leadership Florida challenges you to go back into your community and do more. I again want to thank all of you and I look forward to seeing all of you this year at one of our recruiting socials.

– Lou Caputo, LMC Class XIV

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