FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2014) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation welcomes Dennie Hamilton to its Board of Trustees.

With more than 30 years experience in the utility industry, Hamilton became the fourth CEO in Lee County Electric Cooperative’s (LCEC) 74-year history in 2007 after serving two years as the organization’s director of administration. While at LCEC, he has been instrumental in streamlining the corporate strategic planning process, formalizing and communicating a corporate value position, strengthening performance measures and implementing an employee engagement initiative. Hamilton currently chairs the Lee County Horizon Council and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council Board of Directors, and serves on the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance. He is very involved in supporting the community through LCEC social responsibility activities such as United Way, the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and Keep Lee County Beautiful. He hold’s two master’s degrees from Texas A&M University in nuclear engineering and from Tulane University in business administration.

“Dennie’s visionary approach to problem solving and business acumen, coupled with extensive knowledge of our region, particularly in both philanthropy and economic development, make him a valuable new member of our team,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation is celebrating its 37th year of connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $80 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $57 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, the Foundation granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services, including more than $400,000 in regional community impact grants and $450,000 in scholarship grants.

For more information, visit the Community Foundation’s website at or call 239-274-5900