The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 78th Annual Awards Dinner on March 22, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center. The Chamber is proud to have Commander Paul Galanti, United States Navy (Retired) as the keynote speaker for this year’s event.
Raised around the world as an Army brat, Paul Galanti graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1957 and the U. S. Naval Academy in 1962. Completing Navy jet flight training in November 1963, he served as a flight instructor in Pensacola before joining Navy Light Jet Attack Squadron 216 (VA-216) based aboard the carrier, USS Hancock, which departed for Southeast Asia in November 1965.
Galanti flew 97 combat missions in his A-4 Skyhawk before being shot down and captured on June 17, 1966. He remained a prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese for nearly seven years and was released on February 12, 1973.
Galanti’s personal decorations include the Silver Star, combat awards of two Legions of Merit and the Bronze Star, nine combat Air Medals and two Purple Hearts. Galanti appeared on the covers of Life (October 20, 1967) and Newsweek (February 26, 1973) and in the August 19, 1999 issue of Time. Selling Power highlighted his success story in a six page motivation section, Never Give Up, Never Give In, in its May/June 1996 issue. That national sales journal chose him as one of the twelve outstanding motivators in the United States in September 1996.
Recognized for his speaking ability Galanti’s inspirational message has been delivered to more than 1,300 groups ranging from school children to groups of physicians.
Please make reservations now for the 78th Annual Chamber Dinner.
For reservation information please call 540-387-0267 or email email@example.com