'Rock Star' awarded at Chamber's annual dinner

Photo courtesy Crosscurrent MediaPictured, from left, are Katie Eaton, Charlie Keene and Megan Applegate.

MICHIGAN CITY – Charlie Keene became a "Rock Star" during the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner March 9 at the Blue Chip Stardust Event Center.

The Annual Dinner is an opportunity for the Chamber to recognize members and celebrate the strength of Michigan City’s business and non-profit communities. Chamber President Katie Eaton said, “The Chamber continues its commitment to delivering value to its membership, connecting members to the community, and offering opportunities for members to grow professionally and personally. We promise to promote our members and showcase our community’s thriving business environment.”

Chamber members were recognized for reaching milestone years as members. In addition, those businesses remaining in the same family for two or more generations were celebrated as legacy businesses.

Charlie Keene, 2018 chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, and vice president of General Insurance Services, was presented with the Chamber’s “Rock Star” award for outstanding leadership. Megan Applegate, current chair, said, “During a time of transition for the organization, Charlie Keene led the Chamber forward by supporting the staff and communicating clear goals for a successful 2019”.

New appointees to the Chamber’s 2019 Board of Directors are Jill Nygren (Franciscan Health Michigan City), Curt Cipares (Tonn & Blank), Mike Gonder (Sullivan-Palatek), Chad McKeever (Sullair LLC), Sandra Smith (PNC Bank), and Ex-Officio member Dr. Peter Linden (IVY Tech MC). Members of the Board Executive Committee for 2019 are Megan Applegate (Applegate & Co.), Chair; Rod Benz (B & E Marine), Secretary; John Wall (Walsh & Kelly), Chair Elect; Brenda Temple (Blue Chip Casino), Treasurer and Charlie Keene, Past Chair.

The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce was established in 1918 to promote and connect business and community in the common goal of supporting business growth as a key factor in building a thriving city.

For more information about the Chamber call 219-874-6221, visit MichiganCityChamber.com or the organization’s Facebook page.

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