Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts 107th Dinner | News, Sports, Jobs
More than 600 people gathered Monday night at the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center for the 107th annual Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
Century 21, Huntington Bank, Marietta College and Pickering Associates, along with other chamber members, set up booths along the perimeter of the recreation center for people to learn about them.
Gary O’Brien, Chairman of the MACC 2021 Board of Directors, welcomed the crowd.
“I look positively to the future of the chamber and believe that with the help of our many supporters and partners, we can contribute to the continued success of Marietta and the surrounding region,” said O’Brien. “We can’t do this alone, we have a board that will help us over the next few years to get through this and also make the bedroom a better place.”
Four prizes were awarded during the chamber dinner.
“The people honored this evening have common traits. They believe in hard work, in perseverance, in giving back to their community and they believe that we can shape our future,” said O’Brien.
Last year’s award recipient, Bill Stacy, with Stacy Family Farms, presented the Washington County Council of Cooperatives Agricultural Award to Hugh Coffman.
Coffman was an FFA teacher at Vincent and Warren high schools. He later became assistant superintendent of Warren High School and served as director of the Washington County Career Center from 1981 to 1983. He was also a member of the Washington County Board of Education.
“That’s exciting,” said Coffman. “I have been blessed. I was raised in a three-generation house, and now I live in a three-generation house. And my life was highlighted, I guess because I was associated with young people as an agriculture teacher.
Keri Dunn presented the Elizabeth A. Hadler Woman of the Year Award to Rose Logston.
Logston is a member of the Belpre Historical Society, the Ohio Mohican Memorial Shrine Board of Trustees, and a 47-year member of the General Foundation of Women’s Clubs.
“Thank you all, and I thank all those who volunteer in their communities and around the world. We are making this place a better place to live,” said Logston.
Last year’s award recipient Tasha Werry presented the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year award to Ken Strahler.
Strahler served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1965 to 1971. He started his own masonry business, Ken Strahler Masonry, in 1977. He also served on the board of directors for the Home Builders Association of Washington County during over 20 years.
Scott Cantley, the winner of the 2021 award, presented the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year Award via video to Chuck Sulerzyski, President and CEO of Peoples Bank. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University and his MBA in Marketing from Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
Sulerzyski said Peoples Bank is very grateful for the things it has been able to accomplish.
“We aim to be the best community bank in America,” he said. “We try to improve every day, it’s a constant effort.”
Joe Deloss, owner and founder of the Hot Chicken Takeover restaurant chain, talked about his fried chicken empire. Deloss shared his story of how Hot Chicken Takeover was born. Deloss and his wife tried hot chicken on their way home from Nashville and realized “There’s nothing like it in central Ohio.” He told his wife they should make hot chicken in Columbus. His wife asked him if he needed something from Bed Bath and Beyond one night and he sent her a picture of an $80 tabletop fryer. He started throwing parties at their house and frying chicken. Then Deloss and his wife started selling chicken on the side of a USDA meatpacking plant. Hot Chicken Takeover now has seven franchises and is in the process of opening five more restaurants.
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