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Monday, April 27, 2009

Join Us for the Business Event of the Year

The Charleston Area Alliance and title sponsor Jackson Kelly are presenting the 2009 Annual Celebration June 3 at the Clay Center.

West Virginia's own Ray Lane, managing partner of one of the country’s most successful venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and former president of Oracle Corp., will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $150 for members and $200 for future members. The prices increase to $200 and $250 on May 16, the paid reservation deadline. Tickets are limited.

Click here to register.

More than 800 leaders from around the region will gather for this uplifting tribute to our community and the progress that has been achieved in the past year.

From helping Oracle become the second-largest software company in the world to capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the “the ‘new’ new economy,” Ray Lane has been at the epicenter of growth and innovation throughout his career. Kleiner Perkins was an early investor in Google and Netscape and has a strong focus on sustainable growth, including investments in firms that focus on coal to gas conversion, enhanced gas recovery from fossilized hydrocarbons to concentrating solar energy.

Lane is a graduate of West Virginia University and was recently named to the WVU Board of Governors. We look forward to hearing his perspectives on opportunity and how his Mountain State roots have influenced his success.

The gala celebration will also include presentation of the “Expect the Best” awards, which honor businesses and organizations that promote quality of life and excellence in the workplace and community.

The Annual Celebration, our largest fundraiser of the year, is your opportunity to share in the pride for our community and sustain our vital work in creating jobs, attracting investments, enhancing our community and developing the talent and resources to sustain success today and tomorrow.

For more information regarding sponsorships, contact JoEllen Zacks at


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