Chamber President changes hands at Annual Banquet

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Newly elected Chamber President Missy Woods at left congratulates Linda Blevins on her service as Chamber President for the past two years. (Photo by Dean Wilson)

Dayton Chamber holds their Annual Banquet with several award presentations.

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Banquet Monday night at the Latimer Student Life Center at Bryan College. Some 200+ was in attendance to celebrate this past year’s accomplishments within Dayton’s businesses and organizations.

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce for the last 65 years has played a significant role in not only supporting local businesses but also planning and organizing the Tennessee Strawberry Festival.

The Strawberry Festival is the biggest event on the calendar and the grandest celebration that takes place all year. This year’s Strawberry Festival theme is “Classic Cruisin Berries”

As the evening progressed some very deserving people were honored by receiving the Chamber’s Annual awards.

This year’s guest speaker was Wes Boling, the Nokian Tyres Marketing Communications Manager. Nokian Tyres is building its first North American production factory in Dayton.

Mr. Boling discussed Nokian Tyres’ growing presence in Rhea County and the kind of culture the company seeks to build at its manufacturing plant.

Nokian Tyres plans to hire as many as 250 workers by the end of 2019, and Wes elaborated on how those workers will help the company continue to serve as a global leader in safety and sustainability. The factory will be one of the most advanced tire production facilities in the world.

At the conclusion of the evening Linda Blevins officially relinquished her role as Chamber President to Missy Woods. Missy will serve as the new Chamber of Commerce President for the next two years.

“This was a good night”, stated Cynthia Rodriquez. Cynthia has served as the Executive Assistant for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce for more than 18 years. We look forward to another great year ahead of us.

Visit the festival’s website here for a complete schedule of events. To learn more about the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, visit their website here.

Photos courtesy of Dean Wilson of Memory Lane Photos.


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Dean is a Contributing Editor with Rhea Review. Dean has developed an interest in local history and has published a historical website relating to our history.


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