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Annual Dinner Presenters Announced

Impressive Duo Of Speakers to Address the 113th Annual Dinner Meeting of the
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

The past 18 months have put unimaginable challenges in front of business and industry worldwide, with two of the hardest hit being travel and food service. With that in mind, The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the theme for its 113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner is “The Long Road Back: Business In A New World.”

Even more exciting is the duo of speakers lined up for the evening: Cameron Mitchell of the Columbus, Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Paul Hoback Jr., Chief Development Officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority that operates both the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Allegheny County Airport. These dynamic and interesting business leaders will discuss how they navigated through the past 18 months and what the future looks like in a post-COVID world.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants began in a very humble place– Cameron Mitchell’s mother’s dining room table. It was there that Cameron mapped out his career goals that would eventually set the course for his restaurant industry career.

In 1993, Cameron signed a lease for a small piece of storefront property, tucked in the northwest corner of Columbus. The space would be transformed into his first restaurant, “Cameron’s.” This contemporary American bistro wowed Columbus diners with its diverse flavors selected from across the American culinary landscape, as well as its extraordinary attention to service. Cameron’s was a notable success, especially when considering Columbus’ highly competitive restaurant business climate. Among the raving fans were investors and developers, who were hungry for more. And it didn’t take long for Cameron to diversify and expand, discovering he had a gift for developing winning restaurant concepts in the process.

While remaining independent and privately held, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has grown to 39 restaurants and 18 different concepts with locations in 12 states. In addition to Cameron’s, the concepts are: Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, The Guild House, Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink, Martini Modern Italian, Marcella’s, Ocean Prime, Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro, The Pearl Restaurant, Tavern & Oyster Room, The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek, The Avenue Steak Tavern, Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, Lincoln Social Rooftop, and El Segundo Mexican Kitchen.

In addition to these restaurant ventures, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events continues to thrive as the premier caterer in Columbus, Ohio. After the sale of two of its most popular concepts – Mitchell’s/Columbus Fish Market and Mitchell’s/Cameron’s Steakhouse – to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc. in early 2008,

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is focusing on developing new restaurant concepts as well as expanding concepts currently in the company’s portfolio. Founded in 2002, the Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 22 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, and North Carolina.

If you ask Cameron, the spark for such growth and success is the “people first” culture and philosophy that’s deeply embedded in every level of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. The company doesn’t just hire great people; it also treats them great. This inspires Cameron Mitchell associates to radiate genuine hospitality that guests, vendors, and the community at large can feel and appreciate.

Pittsburgh International Airport is often in the headlines with its progressive and interesting happenings. Most recently, it made news for reaching a milestone this past July when it took itself completely off the local power grid, establishing its own microgrid based on on-site natural gas wells, as well as solar power. In doing so, PIT not only insulates itself from power outages affecting the surrounding area, but it also provides a working model for clear-eyed thinking about balancing concern for the environment and combating global warming with the need to power our world. Another recent announcement was the addition of Breeze Airways, which is receiving about $560,000 in incentives to fly to four cities from Pittsburgh International Airport. It marks the latest subsidy deal offered by the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates the Findlay airport, in its efforts to attract more flights to the region. Breeze started service from the airport to Charleston, S.C.; Hartford, Conn.; Providence, R.I.; and Norfolk, Va., last month. The new airline, based in Salt Lake City, just received the first $140,000 of the half-million dollar subsidy under its arrangement with the authority.

Paul L. Hoback Jr., Chief Development Officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, will address the Chamber membership at the upcoming annual dinner. In this role, Paul is responsible for Pittsburgh International Airport’s $1.39 billion Terminal Modernization Program, as well as strategic leadership for all airport capital development projects. Mr. Hoback has been with the Airport Authority for nearly 21 years (since December of 2000), serving in numerous capacities, from Engineering Project Manager and Director of Maintenance and Capital Improvements to Senior Vice President of Engineering, Planning and Capital Development.

Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Geneva College. He serves on aviation and construction industry committees and on various community boards within the Pittsburgh region.

Resources: Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post Gazette,, and

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner Meeting is held each year to bring local businesspeople together to celebrate the year’s successes and to hear from informative and inspirational presenters. The date is Wednesday, October 20th, National Chamber of Commerce Day. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner, presentation, and an after-dinner drink and dessert bar. Tables of eight may be reserved.

St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville is the location for this year’s event, with cocktails beginning at 5 and dinner and presentations at 6. Watch your mail for your official invitation in the coming weeks. Online registration is also open. Click below to begin.

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The Chamber would like to thank the 2021 Gold Sponsors of this important Chamber event that include:

Silver Sponsors include Hancock County Savings Bank. Bronze Sponsors include Voto Manufacturers Sales Co., First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Barium & Chemicals, Inc., and M & M True Value Hardware.

A limited number of sponsorships are still available for Chamber member businesses. Please call the Chamber offices for details at 740-282-6226 or click the button below.

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