NCI Awards Community Leaders for Making a Difference in North County

North County Incorporated (NCI) will recognize local leaders for their contributions to the North County region at its 47th Annual Leadership Breakfast on May 17, 2024, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel. More than 550 business, civic, and community leaders attend this celebration annually.

“Celebrating champions of North County is always an honor. We are excited to recognize the many dedicated people, businesses, and organizations working to improve our community, better the lives of others, and advance the local economy,” said NCI President and CEO, Rebecca Zoll.

2024 NCI Leadership Award Honorees

Business Development Leadership Award
  • Affinia Healthcare, Ferguson
  • Marson Foods
Community Development Leadership Award
  • Assisted Recovery Center of America
  • Connection for Health & Healing Program, a collaboration of SSM Health DePaul Hospital & IFM Community Medicine
  • Peggy Kohnen Gettemeier, Community Volunteer
  • The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter, St. Louis County
  • Sheron Thomas, Senior Highway Designer, Missouri Department of Transportation
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Award
  • Girls, Inc. of St. Louis
Elmer Belsha Leadership Award
  • Scott Negwer, President, Negwer Materials
Public Service Leadership Award
  • John Hessel, Attorney, City of Florissant
  • Lacesha Jeffers, Volunteer, Hazelwood School District
  • Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, Superintendent, Riverview Gardens School District
  • Stephan Rinehart, Assistant Chief, Maryland Heights Fire Protection District

NCI’s 47th Annual Leadership Breakfast platinum sponsors include the SSM Health DePaul Hospital, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Negwer Materials. Premier sponsors include Ameren, Ascension, Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers, Bommarito Automotive Group, Christian Hospital, City of Florissant, City of Hazelwood, Commerce Bank, Enterprise Mobility, Mercy Hospital, Stifel, St. Louis County, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Valley Industries, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 and NorthPoint Development. Corporate sponsors include Bi-State Development, Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Hazelwood School District, and Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.

About North County Inc.

North County Inc., founded in 1977, is an economic and community development advocacy organization serving the North St. Louis County community with a focus on economic development, education, healthcare, and transportation. NCI builds collaborative partnerships and coordinates resources and efforts of civic and business leaders to speak as a unified voice on regional issues.