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Month: October 2021

113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

Nearly 200 guests were on hand Wednesday evening at St. Florian Hall for the Chamber’s 113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner. Fittingly held on National Chamber of Commerce Day, the evening’s activities and program ranged from lively and informational to touching and impactful as members gathered for the first time in the regular format since 2019. The opening video featured a collage of Gold Sponsors’ businesses and was followed by taped comments from Cameron Mitchell of the Columbus, Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants who shared his rags-to-riches story and thoughts on the restaurant industry in a post-Covid world. (Check out his book in the Library Link below) Paul Hoback Jr., Chief Development Officer for the Pittsburgh International Airport, shared a bit of history about this great facility along with exciting details of the recently-launched $1.4 billion terminal project, complete with architect’s renderings.

Rounding out the evening were two important awards: Ambassador of the Year, which went to Jeffrey Schuetz of Schuetz Funeral Home, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented posthumously to Suzanne Kresser. This being the last annual dinner for Tricia Maple, Chamber President, who is stepping down at the end of the year, the board presented her with parting gifts and she introduced the newly named president, Kate Sedgmer, who will take the reigns on January 1st.

Click here to read the complete Herald Star article by Linda Harris.
The evening was made possible by a long list of Chamber member sponsors:

Gold:
Apollo Pro Cleaning & Restoration
The Ridgefield Group
Trinity Health System
McKinley Architecture & Engineering
Omni Strategic Technologies
Eastern Gateway Community College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
WTOV9
Grae-Con Construction

Silver Sponsor
Hancock County Savings Bank.

Bronze Sponsors:
Voto Manufacturers Sales Co.
First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union
Barium & Chemicals, Inc.
Capital Healthcare Network – Carriage In of Steubenville
Exquisite Creations by Joel
Valley Wine Cellar, Inc.
Main Street Bank
Encino Energy
M & M True Value Hardware

A Message from the Chamber President

As you may already know, I will be leaving the Chamber at the end of 2021, after seven years in this role. It will be a bittersweet departure, but it’s time to move on and re-focus on my own businesses and projects, which have taken a backseat for a long time.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Chamber – the incredible people I have gotten to know, the relationships that were sparked or strengthened, and the work that we have done together. The challenges and successes I have shared with so many of you, especially in the past couple of years, have left me very humbled and inspired by our local business community. And I’m prouder than ever before to call Jefferson County my home and to own a business here.

I thank you all for the great memories I’ll take with me and I look forward to continuing our work in making the area better and stronger.

Remember that there’s still time to get tickets for next Wednesday’s 113th Annual Awards Dinner & Meeting at St. Florian Hall. Come out for great food and drink, exciting speakers and an evening celebrating our members and their importance to the local business community.

Sincerely,

Tricia Maple-Damewood
President