Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chamber Announces Honorees for Centennial Celebration; General Colin Powell to Keynote

The Greater Boston Chamber will honor five outstanding leaders and hear from one of the nation’s most accomplished generals and statesmen at the Chamber’s Centennial Celebration on May 19, 2009, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The Chamber will present the following awards:

Distinguished Bostonian Award
  • Peter S. Lynch, vice-chairman, Fidelity Management & Research Company
  • Linda Whitlock, immediate past President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of BostonCollaborative

Leadership Award

  • Gloria C. Larson, president, Bentley University

Centennial Award

  • Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston
  • Jack Connors, founding partner, Hill Holliday

In addition, former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) will be the keynote speaker, delivering remarks on leadership.

“For 100 years the Chamber’s success has been driven by the region’s talented government and business leaders,” said Paul Guzzi, president & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber. “These five individuals have accomplished a great deal for Greater Boston. They have lived up to the ideal of this Chamber, set forth by our first president J.J. Storrow, that the business leaders of Boston could come together to ‘accomplish some good for the welfare of our city and state.’

“We look forward to honoring their significant contributions to our community and the leadership they have demonstrated throughout their careers,” Guzzi continued. “And on an evening dedicated to leadership, we are delighted to hear from one of the greatest military leaders and statesmen of our time – General Colin Powell.”

The event is being chaired by John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction Company.

“I am absolutely honored to chair the Chamber’s special Centennial Celebration, which will pay tribute to the importance of leadership in business and our surrounding neighborhoods,” said Fish. “The individuals we will honor at this year’s Centennial Celebration, along with keynote speaker General Colin Powell, all represent the kind of strong leadership and commitment to giving back that can have the most significant and long lasting impact on our communities. This event will surely be an inspirational and memorable evening for everyone.”

To register for the Centennial Celebration, click here.

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