On Wednesday, October 12th, the Leadership Emanuel class met at the Crider Conference Center in Stillmore, GA for a catered lunch before heading to the main facility for class. Discussion included seeking innovative ways to change, grow, and improve, seeking meaningful challenges for yourself, and creating meaningful challenges for others. The group was welcomed by Abby Walden, Chief Financial Officer, and shown a short video covering the operations that take place at Crider, Inc. After the video, the class was given a tour of the plant, showing operations from receiving of materials through to packaging of finished product for shipment. The tour included the canning process as well as pre-cooked items. At the conclusion of the tour, the class heard from Billy Crider, the company’s founder, about his humble beginnings in the industry and how Crider has become the entity it is today.
Leadership Emanuel is a program sponsored by the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce and funded in part by the Millcreek Foundation. Its intent is to build better, more informed leaders in our community through a series of sessions emphasizing practices of exemplary leadership, business and industry tours, and group discussions on issues facing our community both now and in the future. The sessions meet at various locations throughout our county allowing the participants to experience the opportunities available, better equipping them to be more effective leaders for the future.