Speedway executive to speak at Petoskey awards breakfast
Roger Curtis, president of Michigan International Speedway, is scheduled to be the keynote presenter for Petoskey's annual Breakfast for Champions on Dec. 6. (Courtesy photo)
Breakfast for Champions, hosted by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Odawa Casino Resort. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m., followed by the awards program at 7:30 a.m.
Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will be happening for its 20th year. The cost is $20 per person or $150 for a table seating eight. Tickets can be ordered at the Petoskey chamber office, 401 E. Mitchell St., or by phone at (231) 347-4150.
Each year, one of the highlights is the presentation of the annual Chairman’s Award which recognizes a business, organization, or individual, who has contributed to the well-being of the Petoskey area over the years. Other key awards include the Stafford’s Hospitality Service Excellence Award, the Dave Kring Chevrolet Cadillac Athena Award, the Bank of Northern Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Preston Feather Building Centers Architectural Awards, among others.
This year’s event theme is “Revved for Success,” in honor of the keynote speaker. The breakfast serves as a community tribute as well as a jump start for the coming year.
“That’s why we thought Roger Curtis would be the ideal speaker,” said chamber president Carlin Smith. “I’ve heard Roger speak before and he’s a real champion for the state of Michigan and will bring some good, positive energy to our community.
Curtis, 44, is a 19-year veteran of motorsports administration. He was named head of Michigan International Speedway, located in Brooklyn, in June 2006. Prior to coming to that race venue, he served in various positions at California Speedway, Richmond International Speedway, and Watkins Glen International.
Beyond the race track, Curtis also serves his community and his state as an active member of the Onsted School Board, Lenawee Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, South Central Michigan Works and the Michigan Travel Commission.
“We’re honored to have Roger agree to be a part of Breakfast for Champions and we look forward to hearing his message,” Smith said.
Petoskey’s first Breakfast for Champions took place in 1992 at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, drawing attendance of about 230 that year. For the 2011 event, the chamber is expecting an audience of more than 400.