2013 Leadership Dinner





 The Economic Development Council (EDC) of Saint Lucie County selected Dr. Edwin R. Massey as the recipient of the first Pete Hegener Leadership Award, named in honor of the late Paul J. “Pete” Hegener, the former president of Core Communities and the visionary behind the development of Tradition, the 8,000 acre Master Planned Community south of Saint Lucie West.

“Pete was well known throughout Florida and in Saint Lucie County, in particular, for his leadership and vision for business development,” said Richard A. Houghten, PhD., EDC Chairman and CEO/President of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies.  “In selecting the first ever recipient for the Pete Hegener Leadership Award, Dr. Massey shares the same vision and philosophies that exemplify true leadership,” added Dr. Houghten.

The Pete Hegener Leadership award is presented to an individual who possesses all of the traits of superior leadership and has a demonstrated record of accomplishments that promote and enhance community and economic development. The selected individual must exhibit commitment to a vision and must also possess extraordinary ability to recognize and work with the talents of other individuals, being able to put their interests ahead of his or her personal goals.

Dr. Edwin R. Massey was appointed Indian River State College’s (IRSC) third President in 1988.  Dr. Massey came to the college in 1973 as a biology professor and held several administrative positions prior to becoming President.  Dr. Massey earned his Ph.D. in Zoology, with an emphasis in Marine Biochemistry, from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed post-graduate studies in Evolutionary Biochemistry at Duke University.

 Dr. Massey serves on various local, state and national boards including Chair of the Florida Articulation Coordinating Council and State of Florida Task Force on the Study of Biotech Competitiveness.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and he serves as the Lead Primary Investigator for Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Florida, a partnership between IRSC, Florida Institute of Technology, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce and the Ocean Research & Conservation Association.  Dr. Massey is also a 2008 Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction recipient. 

“We are honored to have Dr. Massey a member of our community and are pleased to recognize him for his exemplary leadership and character,” concluded Dr. Houghten.

The Pete Hegener Leadership Award was presented during the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County’s Inaugural Leadership Dinner held Thursday evening, January 10, 2013 at the PGA Village Island Club. Nearly 250 of Saint Lucie County’s business leaders, their spouses, and guests attended the gala event. Plans are already underway for the Second Annual Leadership Dinner and announcement of the Peter Hegener Leadership Award.

2013 Leadership Dinner Pictures