Chamber to honor four, hear from Paul Revere III at annual meeting

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The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 104th anniversary Business Meeting on Thursday, June 9, at the Beeches. The event will feature awards for business leaders and the businesses of the year among for-profits and non-profits. Paul Revere III will be the speaker.

The Revere Copper Co. was the business that operated North America’s first copper rolling mill and is the corporate predecessor of Revere Copper Products. It was started by Paul Revere in 1801 in Canton, Mass., and developed a commercially viable process for manufacturing copper sheets. 

Revere III is a sixth-generation descendant of Paul Revere. Since 1801, several of the founder’s descendants have had leadership and working relationships with Revere Copper including Paul Revere III, who works in a legal capacity for Revere Copper. 

Revere is a member of the Board of the Paul Revere Memorial Association, which operates the Paul Revere House in Boston, along with his father who retired from Revere Copper Products after a 40-year career in sales, and Tom O’Shaughnessy, also a retiree from Revere Copper Products.

Fourteen Revere executives have served as chamber board chairmen.

The chamber also recognizes 2016 as the 40th anniversary year of Fort Stanwix’s reconstruction on its original site in the heart of Rome.

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast buffet at 7:40 and the program at 8.

The cost is $35 per person. Tables of eight can also be reserved for $275. Call the chamber at 337-1700 to attend.

Sponsorships are as follows: Patriot for $2,500 (includes three tables of eight) includes prominent recognition in printed program and news releases; Silversmith for $1,000 (includes two tables of eight) and the same recognition; Industrialist for $500 (includes one table of eight) and the same recognition.

• Ann Pohl, assistant vice president and branch manager of NBT Bank, will be honored for exceptional leadership and dedicated services as chair of the chamber’s Honor America Days Silent Auction Committee.

• Darlene Burns will be honored for exceptional leadership and dedicated service as interim president at Rome Memorial Hospital.

• Steve DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley EDGE, will be honored for outstanding contributions to the economic vitality of the community.

• Frank Barrows, superintendent of Fort Stanwix National Monument, will be honored for outstanding contributions to the cultural vitality of the community.

Woods Valley is the for-profit business of the year. Mohawk Valley Community College is the non-profit business of the year.

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