Chamber banquet takes Kentucky Derby theme

January 16, 2013

It’s going to be a day at the races as the Granbury Chamber of Commerce takes on a Kentucky Derby theme Friday night.

Native Texan and Kentucky Derby winner Bill Casner is the guest speaker for the chamber’s banquet at Pecan Plantation. (It’s another sellout.)

Casner, a graduate of Tarleton State University, has an extensive background with horses, starting with a variety of jobs at horse tracks to put himself through college.

Later he and Kenny Trout founded the telecommunication giant Excel Communications, a long-distance service company. The pair then developed WinStar Farm, which has produced race winners in the Kentucky Derby, Dubai World Cup and others.

Also at the banquet, the annual Best of Business awards will be presented, and new officers will be installed.

The best “derby hat” contest will be featured at the banquet.

Incoming chairman of the board is John Lewis, of McGowan & Associates Investment Center.

Other board officers include:

Chair-elect Lee Overstreet, of Winston Properties.

Past Chair Randy Pearson, of Central Texas Title.

Treasurer Linda Lytle, of Town and Country Bank & Mortgage.

Granbury Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Mike Scott.

The 2013 chamber board members also include:

Robert Anderson, of Anderson Publishing.

Brad Boyd, of Law Office of Brad Boyd.

Jan Caldwell, of Luminant Power (new 2013).

Cathy Casey, of Inn on Lake Granbury.

Todd Garner, of Henson’s Lumber, LTD.

Jeff McKenzie , of Glenn-Aire Company (new 2013).

David Orcutt, of Lake Granbury Medical Center.

Ruby Thiebaud, of Angela Raines Farmers Insurance.

Jim Tilger.

Robin Vera, of A Day to Treasure.

Pat Wilson, of H-E-B.

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