Executive Director Bill Fleming thanked the sponsors and those in attendance for their support over the past year. He also reviewed the chamber's efforts under their strategic plan during the past year and hinted at some of the initiatives in the coming year.
The election of officers for the 2019-20 year was held. The slate of candidates included: Dan Pfeifer, Dan Pfeifer State Farm, president; Dennis Short, Pekin Community Bank, vice-president; Baylee Gambetti, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, treasurer; and, Scott Kriegsman, Elliff Dancey and Bosich PC, past president.
The rest of the board of directors was also introduced. Todd Benton, Pacific Ethanol; Chris Deverman, Deverman Advertising; Bryan Steger, Steger's Furniture; Laurie Gruse, Pekin Insurance; Ryan Morris, UnityPoint Health; Danielle Owens, PCHS District 303; and, Mayor John McCabe. Benton was recently appointed to fill an unexpired term on the board.
Bradley President Gary Roberts was the speaker. He had two messages for the audience. The first was for everyone in the Peoria area to begin to think more regionally and less parochially. His second message was about the importance of higher education as the world continues to evolve due to technology. He believes higher education needs to grow, but instead it is currently contracting.
The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has been leading businesses since 1893.
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