AMANDA BEIGHTS, SENIOR DIRECTOR, LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk was presented with the Leadership Collier Foundation’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award during the graduation event for the 2020 and 2021 classes of Leadership Collier and Associate Leadership Collier. The event took place at Arthrex in North Naples on May 27.
This award is presented each year to an individual who fulfills the mission of Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) through his or her continued education and work toward community solutions in the public interest. Distinguished Alumni have exemplified the highest standards of the Leadership Collier Foundation, of the Greater Naples Chamber, and remain informed, engaged, and contribute directly to the mission of building a stronger Collier County.
Sheriff Rambosk, a member of the Leadership Collier class of 2003, was presented the award by Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, a member of the 2012 Leadership Collier class.
“Sheriff Rambosk has, for over 40 years, served our community from Naples Police Department patrol officer responding to calls and literally saving lives to chief of police to Naples city manager and now as four-time elected Sheriff of Collier County where he leads and inspires a phenomenal culture of ‘Service to Others Before Self’,” Dr. Patton said.
Dr. Patton spotlighted Sheriff Rambosk’s leadership during the economic downturn when he took office in 2009. He not only cut the agency’s budget, he simultaneously increased services and programs. More recently, he has guided the agency and the community through the pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes. In addition, crime levels in Collier County are the lowest since record-keeping began in 1971.
In accepting the award, Sheriff Rambosk spoke of the qualities that make Collier County unique.
“Collier County, over the last decade at least, has created a unique culture of working together for a common cause, building relationships to create a strong community,” he said.
Sheriff Rambosk also called upon graduates to help guide the community as it continues to grow.
“The dilemma we always face is ensuring we have a strong sustainable community but not lose why we came in the first place,” he said. “The good news is you are the leaders that will be called upon to navigate us through those challenges. And as we sit here today, most importantly - ethical and responsible leadership for the future is more important than ever before.”
Past recipients of the LCF Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award are: Don York; Ed McNamara; Bud Hornbeck; Senator Kathleen Passidomo; Carlton Case, Jeff Fridkin, Alan Reynolds, Fred Thomas, Terri Douglas, Barbara Berry, Scott Salley, Tom Schneider, Russell Budd, Patrick O’Connor, Paul Marinelli, Dave Weston, Donna MacNiven, Bart Zino, George Drobinski, Jan Kantor, Patrick Neale, James French, Ted Soliday, Mike McComas, CJ Hueston, and Dr. Kamela Patton.
About the Leadership Collier Foundation
The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), of the Greater Naples Chamber, educates local business leaders about the societal and economic challenges facing the community today through the programs and initiatives it governs: Leadership Collier, Associate Leadership Collier, Youth Leadership Collier, The Emerging Leadership Council and Campaign for Leadership. Through the work of the LCF Alumni Association, graduates continue to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that will strengthen Collier County. The foundation also leads the Chamber’s initiative for work-based learning opportunities for local business and students supporting talent development. For more information, contact Amanda Beights at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Greater Naples Chamber
The Greater Naples Chamber is a not-for-profit business association representing over 1,100 active members working to cultivate economic opportunity for all. The Chamber accomplishes this through government relations, leadership programs, and providing businesses with the resources and information they need to thrive. For more information, call (239) 262-637 or visit www.napleschamber.org.