14 to Watch in 2014: Sonya P. Jenkins

January 5, 2014 


Sonya Jenkins

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  • Sonya P. Jenkins
    Age: 44
    City of residence: Warner Robins
    Occupation: CEO of Vision Inscribed, a business solutions company
    Hobbies: Reading, playing piano, directing choirs
    Favorite thing about Houston County: “It’s a family-oriented community, very family-friendly.”

When Warner Robins was searching for a new mayor, Sonya P. Jenkins was behind the scenes making a mayoral forum happen.

And now that the city is set to have new leadership, Jenkins is getting ready to become the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce’s new chairwoman.

High on her list for the new year: Building on relationships to expand the chamber’s capacity to function well and regionally, something she’s helped other nonprofits and her own business -- Vision Inscribed, a business solutions company -- do.

She said she’s on the edge of her seat to see how the new mayor and City Council members will do, though she’s not worried about whether the community will improve its capacity and strengths.

“I think we’re kind of bubbling on the cusp of some really great growth in lots of areas,” she said, citing the schools she often volunteers with.

Houston County school board member Fred Wilson said he admires Jenkins.

“She is a very dynamic young lady and very active in the community,” he said. “She has great leadership skills and abilities, and she demonstrates that in every capacity she is a part of.”

Jenkins is used to getting people to work together. She directs two choirs at First Baptist Church, where she also plays piano and sings. She’s also used to building things, with volunteer work as a grant writer and in other capacities at Houston County Habitat for Humanity.

“I measure accomplishment in so many ways,” she said. “I love building relationships.”

-- Mike Stucka

Click on the links below to read of 14 to Watch in 2014 stories:

Rorie Bradley, 30, Warner Robins, athletics director of Central Georgia Technical College

Stacy Campbell, 33, Perry, president and CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce until April 30; will become director of communications of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter on May 1

Jay Flesher, 45, Warner Robins, director of economic development at Flint Energies

Carmen Foskey, 17, Warner Robins, student at Warner Robins High School

Bill Goggin, 49, Bonaire, manager of Houston County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

Heather Hall, 39, Warner Robins, marketing manager for Cox Communications

Mark Ivory, 44, Warner Robins, athletics director at Thomson Middle School

Kelly Miller, 31, Centerville, family nurse practitioner

Joe Molyson, 66, Bonaire, retired colonel and assistant director of operations for intelligence, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base; also retired Houston County High School astronomy teacher

Kellye C. Moore, 45, Warner Robins, attorney

Melissa Phagan, 36, Warner Robins, director of administrative and volunteer services, and executive administrative assistant to CEO Cary Martin at Houston Healthcare

Mark Strandburg, 37, Kathleen, general dentist

Larry Walker III, 48, Kathleen, insurance agent

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