Governor John R. KasichCANTON, OH (January 25, 2011) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will welcome new Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to the 97th Annual Dinner, held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center (1101 Market Ave. N, Canton). As keynote speaker for the evening, Governor Kasich will talk about new steps he will take to encourage business growth and employment for Ohio. “Ohio faces a bigger governmental crisis than any time in recent memory and this community will benefit from anything we can learn about how Governor Kasich will lead us out of an $8 billion deficit,” said Dennis P. Saunier, Chamber president and CEO. “Each year, the Chamber strives to present keynote speakers that are relevant and engaging for our membership. There is certainly no speaker more relevant at this time to our collective economic future than Governor Kasich. We are both pleased and honored to have the Governor with us for the evening,” said Ronald Becker, chairman & CEO, Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company. Becker is chairman of the Annual Dinner committee and past Chamber Board chairman. At the Annual Dinner, the gavel will be passed from outgoing Board Chairman Thomas E. Cecconi, CEO of Mercy Medical Center, to the 2011 Board Chairman George Lemon, retired executive and avid community advocate. The Chamber will recognize and thank the outgoing board members and usher in new members for an exceptional 97th year. The 97th annual dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Registrations for the annual dinner can be made online or by calling (330) 458-2085. Tickets for the event are $85. All registration payments must be received in advance and reservations must be received by Feb. 14. Register now, space is limited. This year’s annual dinner is made possible by our sponsors: AultCare, Aultman Health Foundation, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, Canton Chair Rental, Diebold, Inc., Fresh Mark, Huntington Bank, Innis Maggiore, The Karcher Group, Kenan Advantage Group, Kent State University at Stark, KeyBank, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA, Leonard Insurance, Malone University, Mercy Medical Center, PNC Bank, The Repository, Schauer Insurance Group, Stark State College, Superior Beverage, The Timken Company, The University of Mount Union and Walsh University. About Keynote Speaker Governor John R. Kasich Ohio Governor John Kasich’s top priority is to create jobs and revive Ohio’s economy. Kasich was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th governor on January, 10, 2011. In his inaugural address, he called on Ohioans to come together to make the Buckeye State stronger and more prosperous for all. Kasich is no stranger to taking on and solving big problems. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years and, as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, he led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time since 1969 and helped enact historic welfare reform. After leaving Congress in 2000 and running for President, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs. He was also a commentator for FOX News and a Presidential Fellow at his alma mater, The Ohio State University. Kasich is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; and Every Other Monday, which was published in 2010 and focuses on the importance of faith in making both everyday choices and life-changing decisions. Known for being straightforward, optimistic and energetic, Kasich brings a commonsense, results-oriented focus to the Governor’s Office, and a commitment to balancing the budget without raising taxes. His Lt. Governor is Mary Taylor, a CPA and the former Ohio Auditor of State, who reinforces this outlook and mission. Kasich, 59, is a 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Westerville with his wife, Karen Waldbillig Kasich, and their twin daughters, Emma and Reese.