Chamber dinner speaker a well-known sports agent

The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has selected J.B. Bernstein as the keynote speaker for its 104th annual dinner on March 11.

Bernstein is a sport agent who also specializes in marketing. In 2008, he traveled to India and started a talent search based reality television show titled “Million Dollar Arm.” The show searched for players who had enough talent to be players in professional baseball. The production found two men, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as pitchers. His efforts in finding the pair was made into a movie of the same name in 2014.

Carrie Ankrom, president of the chamber, said those at MACC have wanted Bernstein to deliver the keynote speech for many years. Hearing about Bernstein’s ability to bring projects to their fruition will help Marietta businesses attain their own objectives, she said.

“He’s been on our radar for awhile now,” she said. “He is a great, captivating speaker. He has been reaching his goals by chasing his dreams and making them a reality.”

Terry Rataiczak, president of the chamber’s dinner committee and CEO of Kinetic Networking based in Caldwell, said Bernstein was at the top of his list because of his ability to keep his audience’s attention.

“I love his story and the way he tells it,” he said. “The story is very engaging.”

Ankrom said the chamber will give people an opportunity to see the film based on Bernstein’s adventures in India and learn more about him before the dinner.

“We will be having a (“Million Dollar Arm“) viewing at the Peoples Bank Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 24,” she said. “Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. It’s open to the public and the tickets are $10.”

Rataiczak said his committee tries to cycle through people with different types of business backgrounds to give attendees of the dinner a different perspective every year.

“The dinner is a room filled with the largest collection of business entities from the Marietta area,” he said.

Rataiczak said the $60 ticket price for the event enables people to interact professionally with the businesses already in the chamber.

“It’s the best bang for the buck,” he said.

Ankrom said the chamber wants its members to rely on each other when needs arise in their own professions.

“It’s a support system,” she said. “We like to promote from within, encouraging businesses in the chamber to do business with the others. We are here to make sure the businesses are taken care of.”

For more information about the attending the dinner or to reserve a seat, contact the chamber by phone at 740-373-5156, or visit its website at mariettachamber.com.

If you go

•What: 104th annual Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce dinner.

•When: March 11. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m.

•Where: Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, Marietta College.

•Tickets: $60 per person.

•For information: 740-373-5156 or mariettachamber.com.

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