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                                   Celebrating Community Leadership

                                   ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF EVERY YEAR FOR ME is the celebration at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s
                                   (LRCC) Annual Dinner. The 108th Annual Dinner, held on Feb. 27 was a festive occasion filled with lots of great business
                                   networking and a recognition of the many successes we’ve enjoyed in this region over the past year.

                                   The highlight of the evening was the recognition of some outstanding community leaders and organizations who were
                                   honored with the LRCC’s Community Service, Outstanding Small Business, Chamber Legacy and Community Impact

                                   Kelli Ellsworth Etchison was a most worthy recipient of the Community Service Award. Kelli is a true community servant
                                   who uses her position as the chief marketing officer at LAFCU to promote educational initiatives and opportunities for
        TIM DAMAN                  women, high school seniors and military-affiliated students of all ages. She has also given generously of her own time to
        President and CEO          numerous causes with which she has been affiliated throughout her career.
        Lansing Regional
        Chamber of Commerce        Recipient of the Outstanding Small
                                   Business Award, Amanda Hayhoe-Kruger       “I am very grateful for each of these leaders and organizations
                                   is a third-generation owner who has taken
                                   Hayhoe Asphalt to a new level, pioneering   and what they have meant to our region. It is rewarding to
                                   innovation in their industry, and in doing   recognize and celebrate them. It is also exciting to look forward
                                   so, setting a standard to which other
                                   businesses should aspire. Likewise, the    to more great things to come!”
                                   Christman Company, a proud Chamber
                                   member for more than six decades and recipient of the Chamber Legacy Award, is recognized nationally for its leadership
                                   and innovation in the commercial construction industry.

                                   I am most proud of the work done by the Capital Region Community Foundation in providing leadership in the placemaking
                                   arena, which led to the construction of Rotary Park on the downtown riverfront and the honor of receiving the Community
                                   Impact Award.  It is exciting to know of future projects already on the drawing board under the Community Foundation’s
                                   leadership that will further enhance the quality of life in the riverfront area.

                                   Looking ahead, the month of March is Women’s History Month, which LRCC will recognize in a couple of ways.  First, a
                                   special Economic Club program on March 19 will feature a women business leadership panel moderated by Cameo King,
                                   CEO, Good Girl Radio, founder & president, Grit, Glam and Guts and a past recipient of the 10 Over the Next Ten Award.
                                   Prominent panelists include Paula Cunningham, AARP Michigan, Rachelle Neal, Capitol Research Services and Marianne
                                   Samper, Michigan Department of Corrections. All three are most notably, past recipients of the ATHENA Leadership Award.

                                   Finally,  in March  we  celebrate the  ATHENA Awards Luncheon on  March 24  and  will honor our 2019 ATHENA
                                   Leadership Award recipient, Karen Grannemann, CEO and general manager of the MSU University Club. Karen is the
                                   epitome of what the ATHENA Leadership Award is all about as a successful business leader, community servant and
                                   mentor to other women.

                                   I am very grateful for each of these leaders and organizations and what they have meant to our region. It is rewarding to
                                   recognize and celebrate them. It is also exciting to look forward to more great things to come! n

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