Join us each quarter for our Chamber Quarterly Meeting! We are excited to announce Woody Thrasher, West Virginia's Secretary of the Department of Commerce will be our guest speaker at this event. Join us at the Arts Center for lunch catered by Davis & Elkins College. This event will be sponsored by Randolph County Development Authority. Please RSVP by September 8, 2017.
H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher was appointed the West Virginia Secretary of Commerce in December 2016 by Governor Jim Justice. In that role he oversees ten agencies, including the Development Office, Divisions of Energy, Forestry, Labor, Natural Resources and Tourism, the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, WorkForce West Virginia, the Office of Economic Opportunity and Geological and Economic Survey. As Secretary of Commerce, Thrasher’s main goal is creating more jobs in West Virginia by growing existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the state.
Thrasher is the previous president and chief executive officer of The Thrasher Group, Inc., a leading Mid-Atlantic engineering and architectural firm, with the headquarters based in Bridgeport, West Virginia. In 1983, Mr. Thrasher with his Father, Henry, started Thrasher Engineering in Harrison County with one employee. The company has grown to employ over 400 professionals in six different states. In addition to his engineering pursuits, Thrasher also held interests in commercial and residential developments in North Central West Virginia through High Tech Development, LLC, the developing company of the White Oaks Business Park.
Mr. Thrasher remains very active with his alma mater. In 2012, he was elected to the West Virginia University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and currently serves as its chairman. He is a distinguished alumnus of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and has been active on various committees within the College. He has served as past president of the West Virginia American Council of Engineering Companies and the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers. In 2000, Thrasher was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the national professional services firm of Ernst and Young. He has also served as an officer on the executive and financial committee for West Virginia University Hospital. He is also very involved in the community, being a part of Chambers and local organizations throughout the state. He is past president of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
This event is open to the public, seats are limited. Guests may register at www.ERCCC.com