LMC has celebrated its Golden Anniversary, with Class XXV. The class certainly lived up to their proclaimed identity as the "eXtra eXtraordinary Visionaries as the year unfolded, with remarkable elan and energy!
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 CLASS XXV - "eXtra eXtraordinary Visionaries"

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

Each class becomes the BEST class due to the benefit from the accrued knowledge and experience of those who have come before them, as each year LMC strives to improve, enhance and enrich the complete program. You are invited and encouraged to step forward and join the ranks of the best leaders - and help create the best future - for Monroe County.


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 CLASS XXIII Graduation

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CLASS XXII - Deuces Wild!



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

"In It To Win It!"



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 Dues - Annual 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

lou-caputo.jpgI 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