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Insurance Examinations Supervisor Sheila Travis and Assistant State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen were awarded Graduation Certificates Wednesday (October 15, 2009) in the 2009 Graduation Ceremony for Certified Public Manager II (CPM II) training held in the Alabama State Capital Building. 

The Alabama Training Institute offers the nationally accredited CPM I and II training programs jointly with Auburn University Montgomery. These Programs have been providing comprehensive management training to hundreds of leaders across Alabama for over 20 years.

Travis and Pilgreen were among some thirty one graduates comprised of employees working in various state agencies across Alabama.  These students have spent much of the past program year researching and working toward solutions to critical issues identified by state leaders.  The critical issues center on concerns that have the potential to impede the state's forward movement or adversely impact the citizens of Alabama.

Insurance Examination Supervisor Sheila Travis said "the program forces you out of your comfort zones and challenges you in every aspect of your professional life."  "There isn't one specific area of the program that warrants more accolades than the others," she added, "it is the overall package that is so rewarding."

Assistant State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen recommends CPM training for anyone "in a leadership position regardless of the department or agency they might be working in." "It's another tool in the toolbox to help students become the best leaders they can be," he added.

In addition to the CPM II graduates, ALDOI also boasts three more employees who have completed their CPM I courses and are now eligible for enrollment in the Alabama Training Institute's next CPM II program.  They are Myra Frick, Consumer Services Division Manager, Senior Accountant Lisa Pelham, and Deputy Receiver Brian Powell.  

Jim Ridling, State Commissioner of Insurance, commended his department's employees for their completion of the CPM training program. "I applaud these outstanding people for completion of their CPM coursework, which can only enhance job performance and leadership skills from some of our department's most outstanding employees."  The commissioner went on to say that he's "always pleased when leaders from our department set as their goals self improvement through quality leadership training such as this."

The Certified Public Manager Program is offered to public employees through Auburn University Montgomery by the Alabama Training Institute.  For more information on how the CPM program can benefit your organization, please contact Leslie Meadows at