Chamber speakers

NORFOLK NATIVE Eva Serres (left) and Brent Comstock, an entrepreneur, will serve as keynote speakers for the annual chamber banquet Thursday. 

The Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 49th annual banquet on Thursday, April 5, at the DeVent Center in Norfolk.

The event will feature two young professionals as the keynote speakers and a local singer and songwriter.

Brent Comstock, an entrepreneur, rural economic developer and venture capitalist, will be one of the featured speakers. Since the age of 12, Comstock has served as founder and CEO of the national recognized company, BCom Solutions. He currently serves as principal of the venture capital fund, Change Ventures, that invests in early stage Baltic-region start-ups.

Norfolk native Eva Serres will be another featured speaker. Serres is a professional model, living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has been photographed for Marie Claire and has walked in New York Fashion Week for Christian Siriano. She uses her career to inspire women and girls around the world and works hard to be authentic and encouraging through her social media platforms.

The entertainment at the banquet will feature dancers, gymnasts and Rediet Roemhildt, a local singer and songwriter.

Rediet, or Sophie as she is often known, is a composer and musician who was born in Ethiopia and came to America in the second grade. She is a model and actress through an agency in Los Angeles and was invited to travel to Nashville to work with a music producer. Rediet recorded music that was released in 2017 of which she wrote three songs. Her band, “Radiate,” has performed at many local events and venues. She currently attends Norfolk High School.

“The annual banquet is a yearly celebration of everything our chamber community has accomplished in the past year. This year’s theme is ‘Driven To Grow’ and was selected because our chamber members continue to take huge strides to grow our community,” event organizer Jarad Dahlkoetter said.

The annual banquet is a fundraiser for the Norfolk chamber and will have an awards presentation and entertainment throughout the night. The business awards handed out are the Norfolk Oscar, the chairman’s award, the Ambassador Arkfeld award and the Ambassador of the Year.

Tickets are on sale by calling the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce.

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