The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce announces its annual dinner and meeting Friday, Mar. 4, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The Greenbrier.
Steve Talbott of Greenbrier Automotive has been selected Business Leader of the Year and Swift Level Fine Meats will be recognized as the outstanding new business in the area. Davis Stuart has been chosen the nonprofit of the year.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Danny Twilley, Assistant Vice President of Economic, Community and Asset Development for the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative. He will address the Ascend West Virginia program that has chosen Lewisburg, along with Morgantown and Shepherdstown, as one of its first three featured cities.
By utilizing West Virginia University’s intellectual and social capital, Dr. Twilley focuses on growing the state’s outdoor economy to make West Virginia a more desirable place to live, work and play by leveraging the state’s expansive outdoor recreation assets. To do so, he leads initiatives that focus on talent attraction and retention, outdoor community development, outdoor recreation asset development, business development, workforce development and research to tell the story of outdoor recreation in the state. He approaches this work by engaging with communities and facilitating academic collaborations across the University, state and local governments, outdoor industry, and related groups.
Dr. Twilley received his B.S. from Salisbury University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio University. Prior to joining WVU, he spent 13 years as a faculty member in Ohio University’s Recreation and Sport Pedagogy Department where he served as a Professor of Instruction and Assistant Professor in the Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies Program. He was the Director of the University’s Ecotourism Certificate, Interim Program Coordinator, Coordinator of the Outdoor Skill Development Program, and led education abroad programs for seven years to places such as Costa Rica and the Balkans. In addition to his academic career, he has worked for organizations such as Outward Bound, Project Adventure, Sun River Recreation Department and the Appalachian Mountain Club. It is safe to say that he has wasted no time on using his knowledge to improve the world around him through outdoor recreation and community.
Sponsors for the Chamber Dinner and Meeting are Architectural Wood, LLC, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Central, City National Bank, First Energy, Greenbrier Technologies & Electric/PostNet, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Invenergy, Peoples Bank, The American Beer Company, The Bank of Monroe, The Greenbrier, The Schoolhouse Hotel, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, WVNS-TV, and WVVA-TV.
To order tickets, members should call 304-645-2818 or go online to www.greenbrierwvchamber.org.