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Who’s In, Who’s Who: Speed Networking with the Stars Line-Up

Speed Networking with the Stars
Thursday, Oct. 13
Charleston Marriott Town Center

Dozens of West Virginia’s brightest stars from the business, government, political, arts and non-profit sectors are coming together for one of Charleston’s most anticipated events: Speed Networking with the Stars.

(See line-up below)

Individual ticket early bird prices end Friday, Sept. 30. Registration is strictly limited to 100 tickets and few remain available after pre-sale to sponsors. Individual tickets (if available) are $50 for Alliance members, $75 future members through Friday, and increase by $25 per person after that date.

Tickets include admission to networking sessions followed by an All-Star Reception featuring beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Click here to register

Don’t miss this chance to get a year’s worth of networking in two hours and connect with some of the state’s most influential people from the business, government, non-profit, education and arts sectors. This year’s event, presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Suddenlink Business, will feature a galaxy of new and returning stars.

Below is the growing list of leaders who will bring star power to this year’s event.  More stars are being added each day, so don’t miss you your chance to connect with those who are opening doors and making things happen for West Virginia:

• Douglas Amos, West Virginia American Water Company
• John Ballengee, United Way of West Virginia
• Jill Bentz, Dinsmore & Shohl
• Mark Bias, BB&T
• Dennis Bloss, Frontier Communications
• Pat Bond, Mountaineer Capital
• Susan Brewer, Steptoe & Johnson
• Kathy Brown, Kathy Brown PLLC
• Mike Buxser, WV Radio Corporation
• Mayor Dick Calloway, St. Albans
• Jack Cavender, CURA
• Jon Cavendish, REALCORP
• Betty Chilton, Charleston Newspapers
• Nelle Chilton, Dickenson Fuels
• Fred Clark, IVS Hydro, Inc.
• Jane Cline, former WV Insurance Commissioner
• John Copenhaver, CHASE
• Charlie Counts, CROWNMAX
• Mary Jean Davis, Charleston City Council
• Kathleen DuBois, Progressity
• Terrell Ellis, Terrell Ellis & Associates
• Valerie Ellis, Gibbons & Kawash
• WV Senator Dan Foster
• Michelle Foster, KISRA
• Alex Franklin, Craik-Patton House
• John Gianola, Ernst & Young
• John Giroir, YMCA of Charleston
• Jay Goldman, Goldman Associates
• Larry Groce, FestivALL
• David Gross, WV Symphony Orchestra
• Jim Guidarini, DOW
• David Hardy, Kanawha County Commission
• Brenda Harper, WV Chamber of Commerce
• Dr. Jo Harris, Bridgemont CTC
• Steve Hedrick, Bayer
• Rudy Henley, WV Commercial Real Estate
• Tania Hotmer, AEP
• Karen Hughes, WV Manufacturers Association
• Jeff Imel, Air Robotics LLC
• Betty Ireland, business/management consultant
• Jeff James, Mythology Marketing
• Pat Kelly, WV Health Care Association
• Raye King , Commercial Insurance Services
• Virginia King, Kanawha Stone
• Dr.Pat Kusimo, Education Alliance
• Steve Lemmerman, Marriott
• Kevin Levine, Kay Casto Chaney
• Jeffrey Lusk, Hatfield-McCoy Trails
• Larry Malone, Malone Consulting Services
• WV Senator Brooks McCabe
• Bill McHale, Kanawha Scales
• Chris Morris, CityNet
• WV Delegate Eric Nelson
• Kristina Oliver, WV Small Business Development Center
• Keith Pauley, MATRIC
• Kenny Perdue, AFL-CIO
• Paul Phoenix, Lumos Networks
• WV Delegate Meshea Poore
• Tom Provost, Kureha
• Bill Raney, WV Coal Association
• Jack Rossi, Arnett & Foster
• Jennifer Sayre, Kanawha County Commission
• Chip Shaffer, Shaffer & Shaffer
• Trip Shumate, Charleston Newspapers
• Rick Slater, Dixon Hughes Goodman
• Sally Smith, Bowles Rice
• WV Senator Ron Stollings
• Diane Strong-Treister, Manpower
• Michael Tarrant, Suddenlink Business Services
• Susan Thompson, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond
• Samia Turner, MD, Turner Medical Spa
• Cheryl Vega, Charleston Ballet
• Bob Welty, Fifth Third Bank
• Steve White, Affiliated Building Trades
• Bob Whitler, CAMC
• Mark Wolfe, Mark Wolfe Design

This year’s sponsors of Speed Networking with the Stars include:

Title Sponsor:

Suddenlink Business

Insider Sponsors:

Capitol Conference Center

Frontier Communications

Kay, Casto & Chaney

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Kanawha Scales



Power Broker Sponsors:

Chapman Technical Group

Charleston Conference Center

Summit Community Bank

It’s a fun and profitable evening that’s unlike any other event in the West Virginia. Young professionals, Charleston newcomers and experienced businesspeople alike will walk away with priceless connections that will benefit them for years to come.

Event agenda:

4:45 p.m.  Registration opens

5 p.m. Informal networking and orientation

5:30-7:30 p.m. Speed networking

7:30-8:30 p.m. All Star Reception

Here’s just a sampling of the feedback from previous attendees:

“Great event, exceeded expectations.”

“I had such a good time and made so many new contacts. This event was very helpful to me and my organization.”

“You just can’t get that many players in one room in this state.”

“I came away feeling that each star had a genuine concern for my small business.”

” I’m already benefiting from the contacts I made. It was very well organized and impressive to see all the leaders participating.”

“This was the best function to date that I have attended for the Alliance. Excellent job!”

Check out success stories from previous Speed Networking with the Stars events. Click HERE and HERE.

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New manufacturing facility to open in the Charleston area creating 25 jobs

From left to right, Alliance Chairman Pat Bond, Siam President Tim Cheromcka and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin at the announcement this morning.

Precision Converting Solutions (PCS) LLC announced plans today to open a specialty converting factory in the Charleston area. The new facility will create 25 high-technology jobs and represent an investment of approximately $6 million. The project was announced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during a press conference at the Capitol this morning.

PCS is a subsidiary of Siam Precision Components, a Thailand-based manufacturer of precision laminated components. PCS aims to begin operations in January 2012 in a temporary employee training and business development center. It will be the company’s home until a new 20,000 square-foot clean room and manufacturing facility is built in Kanawha County.

The new facility is Siam’s first manufacturing and research and development facility in North America. PCS plans to begin the hiring process in the fourth quarter of 2011 for key management and technical personnel. Applications are being accepted through Workforce West Virginia.

The Charleston Area Alliance staff and its board members are pleased to have assisted Siam with its location election. We are thrilled with the company’s decision to invest in the Kanawha Valley.

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