Leadership Marco: Class of ’09

Introducing the final group of participants in the program, which involves a three-month commitment attending sessions every other week to learn about all aspects of the Island

Don Henderson.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Don Henderson.

Tara Hagan.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Tara Hagan.

Alexander Parker III.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Alexander Parker III.

Don Henderson

A retired former chairman of the board and CEO of Contech Construction Products for the heavy construction industry, Henderson has been married to Carolyn for 50 years.

They have three children and four grandchildren.

He has a B.S. in civil engineering from Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (1959), and in 1999, followed that up with a professional degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.

He spent his entire career with Contech and its predecessor organization, Construction Products Division of Armco Inc.

A sporting clay enthusiast who competes locally and at state and national level, Henderson also enjoys fishing and golf.

He volunteered for Leadership Marco to obtain better perspective on the Marco Island community.

“I believe that this perspective will benefit me in some of my volunteer activities,” he says.

As for the Marco of the future, Henderson wants a little civic peace.

“ I envision Marco Island as a community without the rancor and misinformation that has existed within the community,” he says.

That, he adds, means better communication between the city government, businesses, and residents in addressing problems.

“I (also) envision a community with a developed convention and entertainment center in the downtown ares,” Henderson says.

Tara M. Hagan

An assistant vice president with Marshall & Ilsley Bank, Hagan has a 12-year-old daughter, Jordyn, and two dogs named Coco and Coach.

She holds a B.S. in advertising and public relations with a marketing emphasis from the University of Southern Indiana, and is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree at Hodges University.

Originally from Indiana, Hagan has 14 years of experience in the financial services industry, eight of them in Southwest Florida with firms such as Key PrivateBank and Fifth Third Bank.

Talk NASCAR or football to Hagan, and you’ll have a kindred spirit.

She also enjoys reading, working out, traveling, going to the beach and spending time with her family.

Among her community contributions have been participating in assorted non-profit organizations, and being a cheerleading coach.

Hagan volunteered for Leadership Marco because she wanted to learn about the “behind the scenes” goings-on.

“I have met so many wonderful people already, and look forward to developing relationships with them,” she says.

“Marco is unique community with a rich history. It’s amazing to see how it started compared to where we are at now. I think it is a great lesson for all,” she adds.

A future Marco through the eyes of Tara Hagan:

“Even though Marco is a small and quaint community, I have noticed that there is a distinct divide between residents.

“Whether it is political views, education, finances, beach access, land use or maybe just simply entertainment, people either love it or they hate it ... (they’re either) for it or completely against it.

“I envision a Marco of the future where a community unites, learns to compromise and truly forms opinions and decisions based on what is best for the community as a whole, not select individual residents.”

This, Hagan says, is going to take strong community support for many locals to survive this economic downturn and preserve Marco Island’s appeal.

“We are so fortunate to be able to live here ... it’s paradise. Let’s work together.

Alexander Parker III

A local general contractor (AP Builders), Parker has three grown children; two daughters and one son.

“Two daughters are married, each with two beautiful boys, and reside in Michigan. My son resides on Marco Island and works within our business,” Parker says.

Parker studied business administration at Western Michigan University and Oakland University.

He began building custom homes at the age of 21, and says he gained “extensive construction experience” in assorted capacities ranging from general contractor to project manager and project supervisor.

He has built home ranging from the modest to the palatial. He also has major commercial work in cities such as Detroit, Las Vegas and Orlando (a space frame structure at Disney’s Contemporary Resort marina).

“Working in the residential field of construction can prove to be more ‘trying’ but without a doubt the most gratifying, providing value and quality to the homeowner,” Parker says.

Among his latter-day assignments, he has been helping to complete troubled projects, in one case damage control in the wake of a non-licensed “contractor” who was overwhelmed and unqualified.

Marco’s weather suits Parker’s range of outdoor activities, such as boating, motorcycle riding, scuba diving, golfing and roller-blading.

He also sings with the Worship Team at the First Baptist Church on Winterberry Drive.

Parker committed to the Leadership Marco Program simply to contribute.

“Community is a powerful word, and can easily lose its potential in a world society of greed and impersonal self-centeredness,’ he says.

“Leadership Marco is a building block process towards a relationship where I know I can depend on my community, and my community knows it can depend on me,” he says.

Parker’s Marco of the future relates to stabilization and restructuring.

“Marco Island is having to adapt and adjust to our current conditions of economy and now more that ever we need to help and support one another to sustain and support our residents and businesses,” he says.

“Too many have already been forced to close their doors. In as much as possible, as residents on Marco, we need to acquire our goods and services on Marco in an effort to maintain a healthy economy right here where we live, work, and play.”

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