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Pawlenty scheduled as keynote speaker at chamber annual dinner Thursday
Duluth – The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 138th Annual Meeting and Dinner Celebration on Thursday, October 16 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
The Annual Dinner is the premier business gathering in the Duluth area, attracting over 1175 business leaders and community professionals. The evening will begin with a pre-dinner reception, Fresh Beer, Fresh Duluth, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Duluth Omnimax Theatre. Registration for the Meeting and Dinner Celebration begins immediately after the reception at 5:00pm at the DECC.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will deliver the keynote address. Governor Pawlenty will articulate his enthusiasm for Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota.
Governor Pawlenty will be available for media interviews at 5:45pm. Interviews will take place in the Lake Superior Ball Room. The Governor’s address is at 6:45pm.
According to David Ross, Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, “The strong attendance at this gathering is indicative of the area’s strong commitment to fostering a healthy business climate where all businesses - small and large alike – can grow and thrive in a competitive market. This year’s Annual Meeting & Celebration has attracted record-breaking attendance.”
Highlights of the night include a musical procession from the Scottish Heritage Bagpipers, Governor Pawlenty’s address, and the naming of the Chamber’s Volunteer and Fuse Duluth Person of the Year.
The Chamber will also welcome new leadership to its board of directors at the Annual Meeting. Patrick M. Spott, attorney for Orman Nord Spott & Hurd, will end his year as board chair, and the 2008–2009 board will serve under the direction of its new Chair, Dave Holappa, president of Holappa Commercial Real Estate.
Members of the 2008-2009 executive committee include:
Dave Holappa, Chair
David Jensch, Chair-Elect
Patrick M. Spott, Past-Chair
David Ross, President & CEO
Jennifer Ryan, Treasurer
Margaret Hodnik, Vice Chair At-Large
Dave Orman, Vice Chair Professional Development
Keith Johnson, Vice Chair Membership Development
Jo Ann Hoag, Vice Chair Public Policy
Lisa Heyesen, Vice Chair Member Resources & Retention
Jesse Frye, Vice Chair Fuse Duluth
Board members serve a three-year term. New board members were selected through an inclusive nomination process available to the Chamber’s 1200 members. This year, the Chamber received a record number of nominations, from which the following were elected:
Dennis Dassenko, SMDC Health System
Mark Erickson, CN Worldwide – North America
Lisa Heyesen, APEX
Steve McLister, Duluth News Tribune
Laura Sieger, WestmorelandFlint
Andy Weyrauch, ShipRock Management
Amber Wick, Cold Fusion
The following individuals will continue to serve on the board of directors in 2009:
Beth Adams, Lake Superior College
Jack Bowman, UMD School of Fine Arts
Dean Casperson, Service Printers
Jesse Frye, Eagle Accounting Services, Inc.
Margaret Hodnik, Minnesota Power – An ALLETE Company
Jo Ann Hoag, St. Luke’s
Dave Holappa, Holappa Commercial Real Estate
David Jensch, Northland’s NewsCenter
Keith Johnson, CW Technology
Dave Orman, Raven & Associates
Pascha Parks, The JPG Group
Jennifer Ryan, U S Bank
Patrick M. Spott, Orman, Nord, Spott & Hurd
Chelly Townsend, DECC
Greg Wegler, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Finally, the Chamber thanks the following individuals, who have completed their board terms:
David Bue, Pheasants Forever/Bue Leadership Consulting
Rick Heimbach, Bagley & Company Jewelers China & Gifts
Jim Landwher, CFI: Computer Forensic Investigations, Inc.
Dale Lewis, Park State Bank
Darlene Marshall, Marshall Hardware
Seth Oliver, Oliver Companies, Inc.
John Smylie, SMDC / St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System
Pete Weidman, Ayres Associates
The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for area business. The Chamber brings value to its members by enhancing the business climate through quality leadership, resources and programs that foster a successful environment.
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