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Chris Girard, as Superman, and Mike Stodolak, as Batman, stole the show Thursday night.

SUPERMAN, BATMAN VISIT Bay Area Chamber of Commerce 130th Annual Meeting

March 23, 2013       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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Chris Girard, as Superman, and Mike Stodolak, as Batman, stole the show Thursday night.

The mythological pair took the podium at the Doubletree Hotel to welcome another capacity crowd to a chamber event in high style.

Chamber President Mike Seward capped the rousing evening with an apt comment: "This is literally the place to be -- Bay City, Michigan!"

Mr. Seward was his usual ebullient self, tossing out his signature "YOUR Bay Area Chamber of Commerce" wherever appropriate.

He lauded those in the room as "business leaders for taking active leadership roles."

Dave Green receives plaque from O'Brien
The chamber event was keynoted by Chair Pat O'Brien who gave his heartfelt recollection of following his father's footsteps in business here, and, though he didn't give voice to it, making a terrific success internationally with the high tech manufacturing firm EMCOR, Inc.

"I'm so glad that I decided to come back to Bay City," said the outgoing chair.

Awards went to:

  • Meri Sue Engers, Ambassador of the Year;

  • All Star Team, Meri Sue Engers, Norma Matthew, Sue Pike, Patsy Powell, Andrea Hales, Kim Rokosz;

  • Family Friendly Employer, Wildfire Credit Union;

  • Energize Bay Area YPN, John Bellsmith;

  • Leadership Alumni Community Service, Jeff Staudacher;

  • Athena Award, Pam Monastiere;

  • James A. Barcia Award for Excellence in Public Service, Tom Paige;

  • Business Hall of Fame, Dennis Serafini, Jack Weidner (posthumous).

    Also recognized was Chamber spokesman Eric Jylha, first ever recipient of the BACC President's Award.

    Some of the All Star Team members

    Pam Monastiere - 2013 Athena Award

    Tom Paige
    James A. Barcia Award for Excellence in Public Service

    Business Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Serafini

    Sons of the late Jack Weidner accept Business Hall of Fame honor in his name.

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