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October 3, 2012

IBM director prompts chamber members to use their ‘power’

After members of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce reflected on another busy year, an IBM executive urged them to continue using that momentum into the coming year — and beyond.

“I sense that you have that power to transform the community, I sense that you want it and you want to use it to move this extraordinary community into that next best place,” said Ann Wilson Cramer, director of IBM Americas, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. “Because you are on that road. I think a lot about the power that fuels each of us, and it’s in this community.”

She was the guest speaker at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce’s 72nd Annual Meeting and Banquet Tuesday night at the trade center. About 350 people attended.

The chamber also recognized several individuals:

• Kasey Carpenter was the first recipient of the chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year Award. Carpenter is a Dalton native and the owner of The Oakwood Cafe and The Sweet Spot in Dalton. He also owns businesses in Calhoun and Clayton County.

• Lenora Johnson, with J&J Carpet Mart, was named Diplomat of the Year. The Diplomats are a group of chamber volunteers that help with various events throughout the year.

• Joe Yarbrough of Mohawk Industries was recognized as the outgoing chamber executive board chairman. He welcomed Bryan McAllister of Brown Industries as the new chamber executive board chairman.

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