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Wesley Bell receives NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties Leadership Award

September 11, 2012

Wesley Bell  
Wesley Bell

Wesley Bell, assistant professor of criminal justice at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, will receive a  30 Leaders in Their Thirties Leadership Award from North County Incorporated for his significant contribution to North County.

Bell, along with 29 up-and-coming professionals and volunteers, will be recognized at the NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties reception on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Norwood Hills Country Club.

“North County has some amazingly talented young business, civic and community leaders who are excelling in their professions, as well as volunteering for area civic and charitable organizations,” said Rebecca Zoll, president and CEO of NCI. “Through their work and volunteerism, they are making a positive difference in our community. NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties is our way of saying thanks for your contributions.”

Bell, a North County native, even took a few classes at STLCC-Florissant Valley before moving on to pursue his bachelor’s degree at Lindenwood University and his juris doctorate at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“I feel honored to receive the award more so because I am aware of some very impressive people who have won the award in the past, as well as those currently nominated, and it is a huge honor to be included in such distinguished company,” said Bell.

He said his main source of inspiration is his mother, Sharon Gardner.

“I watched her start at the bottom in an entry-level position with no college degree and work her way up to an executive position while completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees,” he said.

When asked about the future, Bell hopes to still be "expanding minds" alongside the excellent faculty and staff at STLCC-Florissant Valley, many years from now.