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The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce will be the first to experience the new dining hall at Alderson Broaddus University during its Annual Chamber Banquet on Tuesday, May 10th.  Festivities will begin with a punch bowl reception for the speaker, Kris Warner, beginning at 6:00 O’Clock, followed by an in-person sit-down dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Special guests for this year’s in-person banquet include Rev. Sam Haught, minister of the Crim Memorial Methodist Church, Fr. Patsy Iaquinta, retired from St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, and U. S. Army and Navy veteran Mike Holliday, owner of WELLSMART.  Organist Rick Kennedy will provide live dinner music while the Future Business Leaders of America Club at Philip Barbour High School will assist with the distribution of door prizes provided by the membership.  The Ruf Family will sing during the banquet.

 Corporate Citizen, Community Service and Directors Special Awards will be presented as well as awards to the recipients of the President’s and Chamber’s Excellence Awards. The Directors Class of 2025 will be elected.

Kris Warner is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority.  He is a graduate of West Virginia University and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy.  He has 30 plus years of experience in residential and commercial real estate and energy development.  In 2017 he was appointed by President Trump as the state’s Director of USDA Rural Development and became the Director of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority in March of last year.