CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will salute business and community service achievements at its 2019 awards banquet to be held Friday, Jan. 18, at The Peninsula Club.

The Chamber’s annual gala will include the presentation of multiple organization honors along with a keynote address from a north Mecklenburg resident who spent nearly four decades reporting on regional, state and national news. The event will begin with a social gathering at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner, addresses and award presentations.

The banquet is the Chamber’s yearly opportunity to recognize individuals and businesses who have made notable contributions to the community. The event celebrates the past year’s accomplishments and honors those who have had set the standard for success and service in the Lake Norman region.

Annual highlights of the Chamber event include the bestowing of the organization’s Cashion Business Person of the Year honors as well as presentations of the Passion to Succeed Award presented by The McIntosh Law Firm and the Duke Citizenship & Service Award.

Featured speaker

The highlighted theme at this year’s Chamber banquet is “Connect, Engage, Inspire” and features guest speaker Paul Cameron, who recently retired from WBTV in Charlotte after 37 years with the station. During his time at the station, Cameron began as a sports reporter and anchor and, 22 years ago, assumed the news anchor chair.

Cameron, who lives in Cornelius with his wife Jan, worked in the television industry for 42 years. He won the UPI national Best Sports award and numerous other awards for motorsports, golf and tennis coverage and in 1996 became prime news anchor for WBTV’s evening news broadcasts.

He was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to report on U.S. Marines from North Carolina guarding Taliban prisoners. Other highlights of his career included interviews with a number of dignitaries and presidents including George W. Bush and Barack Obama in the White House and recognition as “News Anchor of the Year” by regional publications.

In addition to Cameron’s address, other featured speakers at the banquet will be Joshua Dobi, 2018 chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, and incoming board chair Tricia Sisson. Dobi said the banquet serves as a celebration of things accomplished and a preview of things to come.

“The Chamber event is an exciting opportunity to hear from our local business leaders and community professionals as we reflect on 2018 and look forward to the exciting things ahead for our Lake Norman region,” he said.

The presenting sponsor of the banquet is Atrium Health. Gold Sponsors include Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Duke Energy, Novant Health, The McIntosh Law Firm and Wells Fargo. Silver Sponsors are Truliant Federal Credit Union and First National Bank. Bronze Sponsors include EnergyUnited, MSC Industrial Supply, NextHome Choice Realty and Business Today/Cornelius Today.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with 900 active members, serves the business communities of Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius and the greater Lake Norman region.

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