Chamber's annual meeting will be Dec. 6

Nov. 28, 2012 @ 06:54 AM

The Union County Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting will feature words from Howard Augustine "Humpy" Wheeler, Jr., a presentation of awards to the Ambassador and Volunteer of the Year, chamber reflections from 2012 and chamber plans for 2013.

This year marks the 62nd year of the annual event, which will be held on Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Union County Agriculture Center at 3230 Presson Road, Monroe.

"It's a night of letting the members know what we've accomplished in 2012," Union County Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Rosché said.

The event will also be a time for the chamber to tell members what is in store for 2013, she said.

"Right now the chamber is all about adding value to our members," she said.

Wheeler, the meeting's keynote speaker, will talk about creativity and how it will get businesses out of the economic doldrums and how to make everyone creative powerhouses and take their business to the next level, according to the chamber's website.

Wheeler is the immediate past president and general manager of NASCAR's Lowe's Motor Speedway (now Charlotte Motor Speedway). Better known by his nickname, "Humpy", he helped transform the 1.5-mile speedway into one of the world's leading sports facilities. He is a member of seven halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, according to the website.

Since Wheeler has been very successful, meeting organizers thought he would make a good speaker who could set a positive outlook for the economy, which will help get away from some of the negative news people have been hearing lately, Rosché said.

"It's going to be a real positive successful message," she said.

Winners of the Ambassador of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards will also be announced during the annual meeting.  The chambers volunteers and ambassadors do a lot to assist chamber members and staff and to help keep the organization going. Every year the chamber picks one ambassador and one volunteer to honor, she said.

The meeting will also feature an address from Union County Chamber Chair Tom Donahue, who is the president of Pinnacle Financial Group. He will recognize business leaders, the chamber's achievements this past year and share his thoughts on the chamber's plan for 2013 and beyond. 

Tickets for the 2012 Annual Meeting are $55 for chamber members and $100 for non-chamber members. The event is a pre-pay event only. No money will be accepted at the event due to the volume of attendees. The event will also allow for networking time, according to the Union County Chamber of Commerce's website.

Registration for the event ends Dec. 3, Rosché said.

For more information contact Lynne Mical at 704-289-4567 or visit the Union County Chamber of Commerce's website at