Captain Richard Phillips on board as Keynote Speaker

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 146th Annual Dinner to be held in May


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Captain Richard Phillips will be the keynote speaker at The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce's 146th Annual Dinner presented by PNC Bank. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 5 p.m. at Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton. The Annual Dinner is The Chamber's premiere networking event that welcomes more than 500 business leaders from our community each year.

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years.

Phillips will not only share his compelling story but will discuss the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team, as seen through the eyes of an unassuming hero who conquered an extraordinary challenge.

Captain Richard Phillips is the real-life inspiration for the movie "Captain Phillips", starring Tom Hanks, and author of "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea." He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009.

The Annual Dinner, presented by PNC Bank, will include a networking dinner with cocktails. For more information about this event, visit ScrantonChamber.com or call 570-342-7711.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the area's economic environment and quality of life by providing programs and services which stimulate economic growth, promote business prosperity and nurture educational opportunities. For more information about the Chamber, visit www.scrantonchamber.com.

Student interview

Recently students from the Delaware Valley Elementary School interviewed Captain Phillips in Albany, N.Y. on March 7. Check out their interview at http://pikecountycourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140319/NEWS01/140319965/0/SEARCH.

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