COOKEVILLE – The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual meeting is slated to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at the Leslie Town Centre.
Marc Burnett, Tennessee Tech’s first Chief Diversity Officer and retired Vice President of Student Affairs, will be the keynote speaker. Burnett is a champion of campus and community diversity, winning the 2017 Giving Back Award, a nationwide honor from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. He is a 1982 Tennessee Tech University alumnus and a pastor at Colonial View Baptist Church of Cookeville.
“After missing the 2021 annual meeting due to the pandemic, this year’s theme is ‘Celebrating 75 Years.’ We are honored to host this event to celebrate our members,” said Chamber President Amy New. “Their dedication to our organization is a testament to their endless commitment to our community.”
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with program and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The chamber will also announce the winners of their annual awards including Small and Large Business of the Year, Attraction of the Year and Community Impact Award. Attendees will also witness the gavel passing from immediate past board chairman Wayne Cravens, Lead Advisor and President of Cravens and Company to incoming board chairman Mike Porten, Executive in Residence of the TTU College of Business.
Premier sponsors for the annual meeting are Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Twin Lakes and First Horizon. Ascend Federal Credit Union will be the hospitality sponsor for the event.