Retired General, Current KSU President To Be Featured Chamber Speaker

Richard B. Myers, current Kansas State University President, retired four-star general, and 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the featured speaker at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting. In addition, Michael Schwanke, News Anchor with KWCH will be a special guest interviewing President Myers and discussing his leadership, military experience, and Salina’s Polytechnic Campus. The event will be held virtually, from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

General Richard B. Myers, (USAF, Ret.) returned to his home state and alma mater to serve as Kansas State University’s 14th President. He graduated from the university in 1965 with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and joined the Air Force through K-State’s ROTC program. The native Kansan from Merriam loyally served his country and retired as a four-star general. From 2001-2005, he served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As chairman, Myers was the highest-ranking uniformed officer of U.S. military forces and served as the principal military adviser to President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the National Security Council.

“While COVID has dictated the necessity to move our annual meeting to a virtual format, we are excited to still be able to share the successes and the future of the Chamber while providing the opportunity to hear from President Myers,” stated Eric Brown, Chamber President/CEO. “Closing in on the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, there is no better individual to tell that story from a firsthand perspective and provide the proper remembrance of 9/11. His unique experience through both the events of his military career and as the President of Kansas State University during another global event, the COVID-19 pandemic, are topics that illustrate far reaching business impacts.” The annual meeting will be held virtually, individual tickets are $25 per person for access to the virtual event and a $10 Smoky Hill Gift Certificate. Tickets will be in the form of links to the virtual event, which will be emailed to members and the general public.

Sponsorships are available and these packages are a great way to market to other local businesses, while at the same time allowing you and your staff to hear from a world class leader. For details regarding the cost and amenities of the sponsorships, please can contact Eric Brown at the Chamber office (785) 827-9310, ext. 131.
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