The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that John M. Fahey Jr., Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society, will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Annual Chamber Dinner � the 98th Annual Chamber Dinner � on Wednesday evening, November 30th, at the Boar�s Head Inn Meeting Pavilion in Charlottesville. The 98th Annual Chamber Dinner � underwritten by CenturyLink, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP and State Farm Insurance Companies � is the region�s premier business event, the annual showcase of business civic leadership and achievement in our communities. The Annual Chamber Dinner attracts more than 400 business & community leaders from throughout Greater Charlottesville. �Our Chamber is thrilled to have Mr. Fahey as our distinguished Keynote Speaker at this year�s Annual Chamber Dinner,� said Robert P. Hodous, partner at Payne & Hodous, who serves as 2011 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors. �He will provide an interesting, insightful global view which will be a unique opportunity for our Chamber members at our 98th Annual Chamber Dinner.� John M. Fahey, Jr. was appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the National Geographic Society in January 2011. Before that, he served as President &CEO of the Society from March 1998 to December 2010. Mr. Fahey joined National Geographic in 1996, as the first President & CEO of National Geographic Ventures, the nonprofit Society�s separate, wholly owned, taxable subsidiary. During his tenure, Mr. Fahey has led an evolution of the National Geographic Society, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channels, currently available in 34 languages in more than 370 million homes in 168 countries; the international growth of National Geographic magazine, now published in English and 33 local-language editions; and the extension of National Geographic content into virtually every aspect of digital media. In addition to continuing the Society�s efforts to improve geographic literacy, Mr. Fahey has guided the significant expansion of the Society�s Mission programs, including the creation of the National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Fellows and Emerging Explorers programs; the Genographic Project that is charting, through DNA analysis, the migratory history of humans; and the arts media initiative featuring programs such as the All Roads Film Project to cultivate and showcase work by indigenous and minority-culture storytellers and National Geographic Photo Camps for young people. Mr. Fahey also spearheaded the Society�s move into the creation of regional grant-making programs around the world, beginning in Northern Europe and Asia. Additionally, he oversaw National Geographic�s entry into the School Publishing arena in 1999. From 1989 -1996 Mr. Fahey was Chairman, President & CEO of Time Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Before that he worked for Home Box Office, where he was instrumental in the startup of CINEMAX. He also was a circulation manager for Time magazine. Born in New York City, Mr. Fahey received his bachelor�s degree in engineering from Manhattan College and his master�s in business administration from the University of Michigan. In 2008, he received the David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Michigan�s Ross School of Business. Mr. Fahey serves on the board and the executive committee of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He also is on the board of directors of Johnson Outdoors Inc. and Exclusive Resorts and represents National Geographic on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Mr. Fahey has been selected as one of Advertising Age�s top 100 marketers and by Irish American magazine as one of the top 100 Irish Americans. He lives in Washington, DC. Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world, works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people each month through its magazines, the National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, films, radio programs, music, books, DVDs, maps, interactive media, school publishing, exhibitions, live events and digital partnerships. The Society has funded more than 9,600 scientific research projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. The Society�s education activities include National Geographic Explorer classroom magazine, children�s reading programs, geography competitions, state geographic alliances and professional development resources for teachers. The 98th Annual Chamber Dinner will be held the �Meeting Pavilion� at the University of Virginia�s Boar�s Head Inn. The Pavilion�s elegant meeting and social gathering spaces include a 5,500 square foot ballroom, where the dinner will be seated, and spacious entry foyers, where the Chamber guests will gather for the pre-dinner reception and silent auction. The dinner evening�s schedule: a Chamber �networking� reception begins at 5:15 PM; the dinner service �bell� will ring at approximately 6PM. Also, throughout the evening, an on-going silent auction will offer for bid several thousand dollars worth of items from a wide range of Chamber member enterprises. Later during the dinner, the Chamber will again award its prestigious annual Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award at the Dinner� the 36th Chamber McIntire Award presentation. The Chamber of Commerce established this award in 1975 to recognize outstanding citizen contributions to the Greater Charlottesville area. The Chamber�s award is named in honor of Paul Goodloe McIntire, �� whose good will set a standard of service that others through the years have reached for while helping to weave a fabric of selflessness that continues to provide for our community and its citizens.� Tickets to the 2011 Annual Chamber Dinner (business attire) are available at the Chamber offices in Charlottesville at 434.295.3141 or on-line at www.cvillechamber.com. Cost to attend is $100 per Chamber members and their guests, $125 for non-Chamber members; a limited number of �Chairman�s Circle� dinner sponsor tables of ten are available to Chamber member enterprises at $1,200.
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