Countians attend West Star class

Countians attend West Star class

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 12:02 am

Jason Brigance and Dr. George Daniel, both of Weakley County, are among 30 members of the 2011 WestStar class. 

WestStar was created in 1989 at the University of Tennessee at Martin to serve the multi-county area by providing leadership development and training. Representing counties in the 21-county region, class members have a diverse range of occupations and volunteer leadership experiences.

Brigance is an account manager for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a DuPont business. He is responsible for the management of distribution, sales and marketing of Pioneer corn and soybean seeds in most of the retail farm supply stores throughout his 17-county West Tennessee area. He is active in Martin community athletics by serving as a youth baseball and football coach. 

Brigance says that by participating in WestStar he hopes to gain knowledge in different areas of business, industry and government to enhance a working relationship with the agricultural industry. Additionally, he hopes to learn to become a better team member in not only his work, but also the community, helping to provide a better place to live and raise families.  

Daniel is the director of the Student Success Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is chairman of the City of Martin Finance Committee, board member and past president of Martin Rotary Club, chairman of Rotary District 6760 Interact Committee, and a board member and coach for Martin’s Cal Ripken Baseball League.  

Daniel believes WestStar will help him become more aware of the changing status of education, business, industry and government within the state. His goal is to use his knowledge from his WestStar experiences to prepare students to fill or create 21st century jobs.

wcp 2/08/11

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