Hal Dell Named Among Pensacola's Next Leaders

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Hal Dell is optimistic about Pensacola's future.

A member of the most recent Leadership Pensacola class – LeaP – Dell spent a year with 49 other local residents and found a lot of positive energy that will lay the foundation for a bright future here. The class recently concluded.

"The class gave me a deeper appreciation of the town and all of the industries, including the military and health care," Dell, a Pensacola native, recalled. "It was a great experience and a lot of fun."

While the monthly sessions included a look at Pensacola Naval Air Station and "up-close and personal" time with the hometown Blue Angels, there also was a look at the poverty and those in need.

"Our time with Manna (Food Pantries) helped us learn about the less fortunate among us," he said.

Despite the chronic poor and the local economic challenges, Dell believes better days are ahead.

"Pensaocla is headed in the right direction," Dell said from his downtown office at Dell Consulting where he is vice president. "It's an exciting time to be here."

As examples, he pointed to the revitalization of downtown Pensacola as well as the University of West Florida's growing influence in the community.

LeaP was established by the Greater Pensacola Chamber to create a growing pool of leaders.

"Leadership Pensacola is part of the Chamber Foundation's continued dedication to creating a better community," Pensacola Chamber Foundation Executive Director Jerry Maygarden said in a news release. "LeaP participants are given the opportunity to learn from area professionals and use their advice to develop their own leadership strategies."

However, the group also spent part of the year giving back to the community. Dell said this year's class chose to renovate the playroom at Sacred Heart Hospital. He said it will provide a more-comfortable atmosphere for children being treated at the hospital.

"It gives them more space to run around and be kids," he said.

Previous classes have spent time developing a fitness trail to get this overweight community active, and working on community gardens to help feed hungry neighbors. Both are tangible ways to improve the local quality of life.

We strongly encourage local companies to let their employees participate in the next class. It's a commitment to allow the workers to attend the events and seminars, but we're convinced it adds to the community to have a variety of large and small businesses involved.

Dell said the class has motivated him to stay involved in the community he calls home. He dismisses quickly the notion people are too busy to give back.

"Everybody is busy," he said "There is always a reason to say you can't do something or get involved. It's a rewarding experience."

He offers advice to his fellow classmates and the community at large: "Make time for something you are passionate about."

Leadership Pensacola has been a successful program by exposing people to issues outside their experience or comfort zone. If the other classmates are as committed as Dell, we're headed in the right direction.