DESA’s Dionne Fleshman Is Recognized As A ‘20 Under 40’ Honoree

January 7, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – January 5, 2009 — Dionne M. Fleshman, Director of Human Resources and Community Affairs at DESA, Inc. has been named a 2009 ’20 Under 40’ honoree.

The ’20 Under 40’ program is organized by Columbia’s The State newspaper and recognizes 20 individuals under the age of 40 who are rising business stars. In addition, the recognized must be actively involved within their communities.

To gain this recognition, Fleshman has recently obtained a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, secured DESA more than $1.5 million worth of contracts for 2009, publically speaks at numerous community events, saved DESA thousands of dollars by converting employee benefit plans and is continually involved with numerous boards and civic organizations within her community.

Words can not express how excited and humbled I feel being named a ‘20 Under 40’ honoree.  It could not have been possible without never ending support from my family, friends and co-workers. I would especially like to thanks Martha Smith, my Rotarian supporter and Darrin Thomas, my Boy Scout leadership mentor, for their nomination and unyielding faith in me, Fleshman said.

Fleshman has been employed with DESA since 1996, where she started as Business Development Manager/Community Liaison. In 2007, she was promoted to Director of Human Resources and Community Affairs. She is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a B.A. in business marketing. Furthermore, she has received her M.B.A with an emphasis on business management from Mercer University. Since then, she has received numerous certifications, and has been a part of multiple professional and civic affiliations.

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