Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, will be the speaker at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 99th annual dinner on Feb. 7 at Memorial Civic Center.
Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, will be the speaker at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 99th annual dinner on Feb. 7 at Memorial Civic Center. Haslam will share his story of success in business, in energy and in community investment.
Haslam is chairman of Pilot Flying J Travel Centers. With more than 600 retail locations and $29 billion in sales, they are the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, and one of the country's largest privately-held companies.
Pilot Flying J subsidiary Maxum Petroleum is one of the largest independent energy logistics companies in North America, selling and distributing more than 1.3 billion gallons of refined petroleum products and serving more than 15,000 customers. Together, the companies employ more 25,000 people and generate sales of 9 billion gallons of petroleum annually.
Haslam officially took over ownership of the Browns during the 2012 season.
“Jimmy represents a remarkable combination of business experience and a reflection of our local passion for football as we begin to celebrate a major Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival milestone,” Chamber president and CEO Dennis P. Saunier said in a release.
“And he will also offer us a unique perspective on oil and gas, especially as we work to establish Canton/Stark County as the Utica Capital. We feel there is truly no more timely and relevant speaker for this community and our membership than Jimmy Haslam.”
Also at the dinner, the gavel will be passed from outgoing Board Chairman Rick L. Haines, president of AultCare, to the 2013 Board Chairman, Karen M. Brenneman, a managing partner of Hall, Kistler & Company.
The 99th annual dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception; dinner will be served at 7. Registrations for the dinner can be made at CantonChamber.org or by calling 330-458-2070.
Tickets for the event are $88 for members and $98 for nonmembers, and tables of eight are available. All registration payments must be received in advance and reservations must be received by Feb. 4. Register now, space is limited.