The event will feature keynote speaker Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer Corporation. Bayer is one of the nation’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies. It’s also a major player in the state’s chemical industry.
Babe, who is retiring on June 30, is a 36-year veteran of Bayer. He has been president and CEO since October 2008. A native of New Martinsville, W.Va, Babe received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1980.
Presented by title sponsor Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Annual Celebration will feature an engaging, fast-paced presentation, including remarks by Babe and a salute to the 2012 College Summit scholarship recipients and Leadership Kanawha Valley graduates.
The formal program will followed by a spectacular reception in the stunning lobby of the Culture Center. A VIP invitation-only reception for event sponsors will kick off the evening’s festivities. The full schedule includes: VIP Sponsor Reception (invitation only): 4:00-5:00 p.m. Annual Celebration Formal Program: 5:00-6:15 p.m. Gala Reception: 6:15-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $150 Alliance members/$200 future members through today at 5 p.m. Prices increase to $200 Alliance members/$250 future members after today.
Sponsorships, which include an extensive package of recognition opportunities, also are available. For sponsorship information, contact Leigh Anne Strickland, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The state’s chemical industry, which includes Bayer, is an economic powerhouse. Chemistry companies in West Virginia directly employ 9,576 people and indirectly contribute 48,010 jobs to the economy, according to the American Chemistry Council. For every chemical industry job in West Virginia, an additional 4.2 jobs are created within the state’s economy. “The Annual Celebration, the Alliance’s largest fundraiser of the year, is your opportunity to share in the pride for the Kanawha Valley and sustain the Alliance’s vital work in creating jobs, enhancing our community and investing in people,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.
“We invite you to join the more than 500 business and community leaders who will attend for this business event of the year. With your participation, we will truly have something to ‘celebrate’ on May 8 – and beyond,” Ballard said.
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