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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Brad Smith Returns Home

"He started singing 'Country Roads' before the jet landed at Tri-State Airport on Monday afternoon."

That's how the feature story about Brad Smith begins in today's Herald-Dispatch.

"And after Brad Smith deboarded, he was spilling with kind words about his home state, a place that taught him many of the values that have helped in business and in life."

Read the entire article at And come to the Clay Center tonight to hear the Kenova native shard 10 life lessons during the 2008 Annual Celebration. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

We've been working all day to prepare for the celebration, and we think the event will be one to remember.

More info about Brad Smith: In January, he became CEO of Intuit, Inc., a Fortune 1,000 software company that developed Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax, and tonight he'll be talking about "how important he feels it is to display his West Virginia values with pride."

The Charleston Area Alliance and title sponsor BB&T are excited to present the event.
The grand reception is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the program follows at 7 p.m.
Grand reception tickets are $150 per person for Alliance members and $200 per person for non-members.

We are delighted to welcome Brad Smith home to the Mountain State and look forward to hearing how his West Virginia roots have shaped his successful career.

The Celebration also will feature the 2008 "Expect the Best" award presentations. The winners include Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe PLLC; Blue Smoke Salsa, Inc.; the Appalachian Association of Professional Musicians, Local 136; and the University of Charleston.


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