The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed General Michael V. Hayden as its keynote speaker for its annual dinner on Thursday evening.
General Hayden is the former director of the CIA and recently published his latest book “The Assault on Intelligence, American National Security in an Age of Lies”.
He greeted guests throughout the evening before his address to the group, speaking disruptions and consequences of issues the United States is facing, including an upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
“The best scenario is the meeting goes ok,” General Hayden said during his spech. “They don’t end up yelling at one another. They come out and they smile and they shake hands and begin a process, not end a process, that may over time over time lead not to zero, but to a more controlled, more transparent, less threatening North Korean nuclear posture.”
The Chamber also recognized those who made significant contributions to Wheeling, including Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and David McKinley, President and CIO of McKinley Carter Wealth Services.
This year the Community Commitment Award was given to Jim Pennington, President and CEO of The Health Plan.
Bob Contraguerro, Sr. of Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration was given the Kathy Fortunato Service Award.